The purpose of the Annual Continuing Competence Review (ACCR) is to support occupational therapists’ continued competence. It’s designed to help OTs identify gaps in understanding, risks to client safety and, in turn, link with regulatory standards and resources to assist them in delivering safe, ethical and quality occupational therapy services.
More specifically the ACCR guides occupational therapists to:
- review their practice hours, roles, current and possible career transitions, and supports to competence, and
- complete a practice quiz using a case/question format similar to that which is used in the Continuing Competence Exam.
After completing the required activities, occupational therapists receive an individualized, feedback report. It includes a record of their roles, transitions, and supports, as well as the results of the practice quiz with links to resources for information on regulatory standards and resources to support their competence.
Individual results from the Annual Continuing Competence Review are not available to the College. The College will only know which occupational therapists completed it and can therefore renew their registration. The confidentiality of these results is ensured by directing OTs to a secure, password-protected website that is not accessible to the College. COTBC can request anonymized aggregate data to inform development of additional College resources and continuing professional development needs of occupational therapists but they do not have access to individual records.
In 2015, our first learning module: Ethics in Daily Practice was launched. Learning modules are not a requirement at this time. They are considered an additional support to an occupational therapist’s ongoing competence development.
The Quality Assurance Committee encourages occupational therapists to complete the evaluation included as part of the Annual Continuing Competence Review. This feedback will inform ongoing improvements to the Quality Assurance Program that balances the needs of occupational therapists with the public’s right to safe, ethical and quality care.
updated December 1, 2016