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Continuing Competency (CC) is a process by which licensed podiatrists periodically provide, as a condition of license renewal, evidence they are actively participating in a program of ongoing professional development relevant to their areas of practice. Legislation passed in 2010 requires Colorado podiatrists to demonstrate ongoing professional development beginning in 2013. Review section 12-32-111, C.R.S. for the full statute, and Board Rules 110 and 150. Prior to renewing a license in 2014, podiatrists will be required to demonstrate their continuing competency through either participation in a Board approved Maintenance of Certification program, or through the Continuing Competency program administered by the Colorado Podiatry Board.
Podiatrists currently participating in a Maintenance of Certification program recognized by the Colorado Podiatry Board may be deemed to have substantially complied with the continuing competency renewal requirement through “Deemed Status.” This includes Colorado podiatrists who are “eligible,” “qualified,” or “lifetime certified” with a specialty board approved by the Colorado Podiatry Board. Deemed Status will be claimed through an attestation during the renewal process. Licensees who are not part of a specialty board will be required to participate in the Continuing Competency program administered by the Colorado Podiatry Board. All licensees are required to continue showing compliance with Rule 110 of the Podiatry Board requiring the accrual of 10 CME each renewal cycle.
There are three ways in which to comply with the Continuing Competency (CC) requirement:
Podiatrists not already involved in an MOC through a specialty board must document their Continuing Competency using the process defined by the Board. Those podiatrists may use the resources specifically provided by the Board or may identify their own that meet the criteria established by the Board. Either way, the Continuing Competency program must include the following components:
Assessment of Knowledge and Skill (AKS)
Podiatrists are required to complete an Assessment of Knowledge and Skill (AKS) once every five (5) years. A licensee can take an AKS that is already approved by the Board or an AKS that meets the criteria defined by the Board (see Board Rule 150). The five (5) year cycle shall begin upon the renewal of a license in 2013 or upon the first renewal or reinstatement of a license thereafter.Approved Assessment of Knowledge and Skill programs:
Criteria for Approval of Tool:
Note: If an AKS delivers CME credit, the podiatrist may count those credits toward the mandatory 10 CME for the corresponding renewal cycle.
Determining your AKS cycle:
When determining your cycle for completing the Assessment of Knowledge and Skill (AKS), keep the following guidelines in mind:
Deemed Status is NOT an exemption, rather another way to comply with CPD. Licensed Podiatrist completing the ongoing professional development program of an entity approved by the Board are deemed to have satisfied the Continuing Competency requirement. Participation in one of the following programs is approved by the Board for Deemed Status:
Important to Note: Deemed Status does not apply to the mandatory requirement for the accrual of 10 CMEs annually pursuant to § 12-32-11 (1) (a) C.R.S. and Board Rule 110.
A Military Exemption is available to certain individuals serving in active military duty. Military personnel whose active duty service lasts for at least 120 days for the purpose of serving in a war, emergency or contingency, and falls within the defined renewal period or up to 6 months prior to the renewal period are exempt from certain licensing fees and requirements. The exempt fees include any registration fees, including license renewal fees. The exempt licensing requirements include any continuing competency, continuing education, and professional development requirements.
For more details on exemptions from renewal fees, continuing education, continuing competency, and professional development for military service, please visit our Military & Veterans website.
For the statute and rules related to exemptions from renewal requirements for military service, please visit the Podiatry Board's Laws, Rules and Policies webpage.
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