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Continuing professional competency was created to help licensees assess their professional work, identify areas of growth and stay current with the profession. A detailed explanation of continuing professional competency can be accessed in the Continuing Competency Manual found in the Resources section below. Pursuant to section 12-40.5-109.3, C.R.S., all active occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants shall maintain continuing professional competency to practice Occupational Therapy. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants must satisfy the requirements of the program in order to renew or reinstate a license to practice Occupational Therapy.
Continuing professional competency (CC) requirements for Colorado occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants began on February 1, 2015. Effective after the 2015 renewal of a license, or upon the completion of the first renewal of a license thereafter, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in Active status must demonstrate compliance in order to renew by one of the following methods:
Audits of compliance will be conducted after a renewal period ends.
Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistant licenses for the 2016-2018 license cycle expire 12/31/2018. Online renewals are currently open and may be accessed at apps.colorado.gov/dora/licensing.
Unless qualified for Deemed Status or approved for a Military Exemption, active licensees are required to complete continuing professional competency before renewing their license.
An audit of compliance will be performed following the renewal period. Documentation should not be sent to DORA unless specifically requested.
Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Occupational Therapy Continuing Professional Competency Program. If you still have questions after reviewing the FAQs, please contact the program at 303-894-2363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: Continuing professional competency is defined as “the ongoing ability of a licensee to learn, integrate, and apply the knowledge, skill, and judgment to practice occupational therapy according to generally accepted standards and professional ethical standards.” (Pursuant to section 12-40.5-109.3(5), C.R.S.)
A: All active occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are required to satisfy continuing professional competency requirements (CPC requirements) in order to renew, reactivate or reinstate a license to practice Occupational Therapy. (Pursuant to section 112-40.5-109.3(3)(a), C.R.S.)
A: No, any records or documentation regarding the continuing competency program can only be used to determine if a licensee is maintaining continuing competency as required. Pursuant to section 12-40.5-109.3(4), C.R.S., “Records of assessments or other documentation developed or submitted in connection with the continuing professional competency program are confidential and not subject to inspection by the public or discovery in connection with a civil action against an occupational therapist, and occupational therapy assistant, or other professional regulated under this title and may be used only by the director and only for the purpose of determining whether a licensee is maintaining continuing professional competency to engage in the profession.”
A: Deemed Status is one way to comply with continuing professional competency requirements. The intent of Deemed Status is to eliminate the duplication of regulatory requirements. It is not an exemption; rather, it is another way to meet continuing professional competency requirements. Licensees claiming Deemed Status will successfully complete the approved accrediting body or entity’s continuing professional competency program in lieu of the Director’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program.
A: You may be able to claim Deemed Status if you are in compliance with the continuing competency requirements of an accrediting body or entity that is approved by the Director. To qualify, you must be in good standing with that accrediting body or entity and fully participating in their continuing competency program for the ENTIRE DORA 2-year renewal period (e.g. February 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016) without any breaks.
If your status and/or employment changes during the renewal period, then your ability to claim Deemed Status may also change.
A: The following accrediting bodies and entities have been approved by the Director for Deemed Status:
A: At the time that you renew your DORA license, you will be required to attest to how you met continuing competency requirements during the 2-year DORA license renewal period. If you attest to Deemed Status, you must ensure that your license is in good standing, /hold an Active license and are in compliance with the approved accrediting body or entity’s continuing competency requirements for the entire DORA renewal period. This doesn’t mean that you must complete those requirements within the DORA 2-year renewal period, rather it means that you must be in compliance with those requirements at the time that you renew your DORA license.
A: Yes, licensees claiming Deemed Status can be audited by the Director. If selected to participate in an audit of compliance, you will receive a notification letter and instructions on how to submit required documentation. Do not send your documentation, unless or until, you receive a notification letter. Documentation must be kept for 4 years (2 complete renewal cycles).
A: Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) is the Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations’ program through which a licensee will be able to satisfy continuing competency requirements in order to renew a license. For each renewal period, the CPD program will consist of the following elements:
A: PDA are learning activities undertaken to increase a licensee’s knowledge and skill or hone existing knowledge and skill for the purpose of continuing professional competency. PDA are equal to clock hours; one PDA is equal to one clock hour (60 minutes). PDA are organized into 8 categories: Coursework, Fieldwork Supervision, Group Study, Independent Learning, Mentoring, Presentations, Publishing, and Volunteer Service. A licensee must accrue a total of 24 PDA each renewal period. PDA must be earned through a minimum of 2 categories; no more than 12 PDA will be credited in any one category. Review the Program Manual for complete descriptions of the categories.
A: The Director does not preapprove specific courses or providers. A licensee will plan PDA to meet his/her Learning Plan and goals and select an appropriate provider(s). PDA must be relevant to occupational therapy and pertinent to Learning Plan and goals. All PDA must be completed during the renewal period and will only count for one renewal period. See the Program Manual for a list of required criteria for PDA.
A: No, all documentation will be kept by a licensee unless or until he or she is notified of an audit of compliance. Do not send any documentation unless you receive a letter from the program specifically requesting this information. Any documentation received that was not specifically requested will not be kept by the Director and will not be returned to you.
A: Documentation of PDA must be kept for 4 years (2 complete renewal cycles).
A: Pursuant to section 12-70-102, C.R.S., licensees who have been called to federally funded active duty for more than 120 days for the purpose of serving in a war, emergency or contingency may request an exemption from the continuing professional competency requirements for the renewal, reinstatement, or reactivation of his/her license for the 2-year renewal period that falls within the period of service or within six months following the completion of service.
A: You must keep documentation demonstrating your compliance with continuing competency requirements (CPD, Deemed Status and Military Exemption) for 4 years (2 complete renewal cycles).
A: If you are selected to participate in an Audit of Compliance, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to send your documentation for review. It is important that you provide the documentation requested within the deadline given. Be sure your contact information in your Online Services account is current.
Go to www.colorado.gov/dora/Occupational_Therapy_CPC_Forms to view the Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Manual, which contains detailed instructions on how to meet the requirements of continuing professional competency. Other forms and definitions are also available at this page.
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