Continuing Competence Program for Nurses

The Continuing Competence Program (CCP) for all nurses in Nova Scotia is a regulatory program and quality assurance mechanism. Every nurse in Nova Scotia is required to successfully complete the CCP expectations for initial licensure or as part of their annual licensure requirement, regardless of their employment status.

Getting Started

The following components are required of all nurses: 

  • Self-assessment of individual competence
  • Development of a professional growth plan to meet learning goals over the year
  • Reflective evaluation of the impact of the professional growth plan
  • Participation in the audit process, if selected, to confirm a nurse’s participation in the program

Program Tools to Help You be Successful

The following tools are available to help you meet your CCP requirements:  

These tools have been created to assist you in being successful in your participation and completion of the CCP. It will be challenging to meet the program components and be successful without reviewing and using all of the tools noted above.

2024 CCP Audit

Each year NSCN randomly audits a predetermined number of nurses in Nova Scotia to complete the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) audit process. The purpose of the verification process is twofold. Firstly, it enables NSCN to verify that you have met the requirements of the CCP. Secondly, it provides the public with the assurance that the nursing profession is committed to continuous learning and growth in an ever-evolving health system. Nurses can be selected to participate in one of the following two processes:

Declaration of Compliance

As part of the audit process, those selected are required to complete the four-question declaration of compliance survey, which indicates that you are in compliance with the CCP expectations. The declaration of compliance survey will be sent to those nurses who are randomly selected.

Professional Growth Plan Submission

The development and implementation of a professional growth plan is the blueprint nurses use to set, meet, and reflect on their professional development goals. As part of the audit process, those selected are required to submit their completed professional growth plan for review. Our website has all the resources you need to develop a professional growth plan including templates and samples.

Regardless of the process you are selected to complete, we recommend that you review the many resources available to support you in this process.

Information on the 2024 CCP Audit process was communicated to all nurses who were randomly selected to participate on February 16, 2024. Those selected have until April 16, 2024 to participate in the audit process.

Have a Question?

Have you checked out the CCP Frequently Asked Questions or the CCP Guide for Nurses yet? If you cannot find the answer to your question, please reach out to us at