Continuing Competence Program

Continuing competence is career-long enhancement of knowledge, skill, and judgment required to practice safely and ethically. 

The Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is a regulatory program and quality assurance mechanism to support nurses in facilitating their continuing competence. Every nurse in Nova Scotia is required to successfully complete the CCP requirements as part of their annual licensure requirement, regardless of their employment status. 

History of the Program

When NSCN was formed on June 4, 2019, each legacy College had a slightly different continuing competence program (CCP). There is an ongoing plan to review and revise the continuing competence requirements for of all nurses. 

For the interim, the CCP program maintains separate requirements for LPNs and RNs/NPs while unifying the process and expectations of each program as much as possible. 

The information on the website and in the program tools describe the interim CCP requirements for nurses in Nova Scotia effective January 13, 2020 until further notice.

While there are small differences in the program requirements for LPNs and RNs/NPs, similar components are required of all designations: 

  • Required number of practice hours
  • Self-reflection of current context of practice
  • Self-assessment of individual competence
  • Development of a learning plan to meet professional learning goals over the year
  • Reflective evaluation of the impact of the learning plan
  • Audit process to confirm a nurse’s participation in the program

How CCP Protects the Public

CCP contributes to our mandate of public protection by requiring every nurse in Nova Scotia to participate annually in reflective learning activities designed to help them maintain and enhance their professional competence. 

CCP provides a level of assurance to the public that nurses are continuously meeting their professional practice standards as required in the Nursing Act.

Meeting the CCP Requirement

Successful completion of CCP is a requirement for initial licensure or annual renewal. You are required to declare understanding of your accountabilities to complete CCP each year on your renewal form and submit your learning plan if selected for audit.

Program Steps and Tools to Complete

Important program support tools have been developed to help you successfully meet your CCP requirements. The tools are available here

If you have any questions about CCP, read the CCP Frequently Asked Questions or reach out to us at ccp@nscn.ca