Continuing Competence Program for LPNs

The LPN Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is a regulatory program and quality assurance mechanism supporting nurses to facilitate their continuing competence. Every LPN is required to complete the CCP requirements as part of their annual licensure requirement, regardless of their employment status. All applicants seeking licensure as an LPN must also complete the CCP requirements.

CCP has 4 components:

  • A self-assessment of your individual competence
  • The development and implementation of a learning plan to meet your professional learning goals over the year
  • The use of reflection to evaluate the impact your learning plan has had on client outcomes and your practice
  • The submission of your learning documents to NSCN when selected to participate in the CCP audit

Program Tools to Help You be Successful

We developed program tools to help you meet your CCP requirements. Click on the links below to review the tools:  

Getting Started

While there’s no one way to approach CCP, we recommend reviewing the CCP Instruction Booklet and reviewing your Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics before you begin.

STEP 1: Complete a self-assessment of your competence in relation to your standards of practice. 

STEP 2: Develop your learning plan with goals, objectives, timelines and descriptions of how this learning will positively impact client outcomes or improve your practice. Use your self-assessment to inform your plan. Refer to the CCP Instruction Booklet for more information about developing a learning plan.

STEP 3: Implement your plan over the licensing year, reviewing it regularly to make sure you are on track.

STEP 4: Submit your learning plan to the College if you are selected in the audit process. If you’re selected, we notify you by regular and electronic mail around February of each year. Refer to the CCP Instruction Booklet for more information about the audit process. 

LPN-Specific CCP Frequently Asked Questions

The process is outlined in detail in the CCP Instruction Booklet.

As long as you have indicated that you have developed a learning plan, you may submit a Record of Professional Activities form rather than your learning plan. This form contains the same elements and reflective evaluations as the learning plan, just laid out differently.  

Additionally, as long as you have indicated that you have developed a learning plan, you may submit a Certificate of Completion of any one of the three CLPNNS LPN online learning modules in lieu of the learning plan. The certificates are accepted from these modules because reflective practice was built into the exercises.   

Other non-CLPNNS online learning modules can be used to inform your Record of Professional Activities form, as long as it’s specific to nursing and your standards of practice.

The CCP audit is like most audits (think tax time) where the intention is to see what you have completed. The sole purpose of CCP is to ensure you are remaining competent in your practice and learning every year. The reflective evaluation of your learning (new knowledge, how you applied the new knowledge to your day-to-day practice, and how clients benefit from what you have learned) is where continued competence is demonstrated and can only be assessed through the review of what was done last year.

On your most recent renewal application you declared compliance with the CCP requirements, indicating you completed a self-assessment and learning plan for the last licensing year. 30 days should be ample time to send a copy of this plan to the CCP Committee for review.

This means the CCP committee has verified your plan contains sufficient evidence of participation or compliance with the competence program requirements with appropriate learning goals, interventions, timelines, and reflective evaluation.

Reflective practice is a continual process where you analyse and evaluate your professional experiences to promote professional learning and to gain insight. Reflective practice is when you are able to describe how your individual learning plan has positively impacted client outcomes.

Reflective practice is both important and necessary for a number of reasons:

  • It is a critical component of continuing competence.
  • It helps you to gain insight into your practice setting.
  • It helps you reshape what you are doing, while you are doing it.
  • It’s a critical part of learning from your experiences.
  • It helps you develop a professional identity and recognize the impact of your personal values, beliefs, and attitudes on your everyday practice.
  • It helps you connect new knowledge to existing knowledge.
  • It provides you with the tools to self-assess and self-regulate your practice.

You document reflective practice in the evaluation of your annual learning plan. Use the following framework to structure your reflective practice evaluation:

I have increased my competence in [whatever you identified as your learning goal] by [list the activities in your learning goal]. As a result, [identify how your practice has improved]. This means [outline how your clients are positively impacted by your learning].

For example: 
“I have increased my competence in medication administration by reviewing a text, attending a lunch and learn about anti-depressant medications, and consulting with the unit pharmacist. As a result, I compare my cardiac assessment to previous assessments. This means I will intervene sooner when I recognize changes and the client is less likely to experience a negative outcome.”

No. Verification is based on a review of a completed learning plan from the previous year. Compliance can’t be determined if there is no evidence of learning, reflective practice or evaluation because the plan hasn’t been implemented.

If you think this is the case, please reach out to us at ccp@nscn.ca

We’re here to help. Start by reviewing the feedback provided and the required learning plan criteria. Identify which criteria you didn’t meet and revise your plan accordingly. If you still need help, please reach out to the CCP team at ccp@nscn.ca.

Have a Question? 

Have you checked out our CCP Frequently Asked Questions page or the CCP Instruction Booklet yet? If you can’t find the answer to your question, please reach out to us at lpnccp@nscn.ca.