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Below you will find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Speech-Language Pathologist Continuing Professional Competency Program. If after reviewing the below you still have questions, 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 speech-language pathologist to learn, integrate, and apply the knowledge, skill, and judgment to practice as a speech-language pathologist according to generally accepted standards and professional ethical standards.” (Pursuant to section 12-43.7-107(5), C.R.S)
A: All active speech-language pathologists certified by DORA must satisfy continuing professional competency requirements (CC requirements) in order to renew, reactivate or reinstate a certificate to practice speech-language pathology. (Pursuant to section 12-43.7-107(1)(a), C.R.S.)
A: Senate Bill 12-1303 was passed into law and requires a speech-language pathologist certified with DORA to demonstrate his/her continuing professional competency in order to renew, reinstate or reactivate a certificate.
A: Continuing professional competency requirements are effective on December 1, 2014. Requirements must be met before a certificate can be renewed in 2015. Before being able to renew in 2015, a certificate holder will be required to attest to compliance with the CPD program, Deemed Status or a military exemption.
A: No, any records or documentation regarding the continuing professional competency program can only be used to determine if a certified speech-language pathologist is maintaining continuing professional competency as required. Pursuant to section 12-43.7-107.4, 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 a speech-language pathologist or other professional regulated under this title. A person or the director shall not use the records or documents unless used by the director to determine whether a speech-language pathologist is maintaining continuing professional competency to engage in the profession.”
A: There are 3 ways to comply:
A: A certificate holder can satisfy the continuing professional competency requirements to renew a certificate by participating in the CPD Program. If you do not qualify for Deemed Status or a Military Exemption, then you must participate in the CPD Program. For each renewal period, the CPD program consists of the following elements:
A: PDA are learning activities undertaken to increase a certificate holder’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 6 categories: Volunteer Service, Mentoring/Supervision, Presentations, Coursework, Independent Learning and Group Study. A certificate holder must accrue a total of 10 PDA each renewal period. PDA must be earned through a minimum of 2 categories; no more than 5 PDA will be credited in any one category EXCEPT all 10 PDA can be accrued in the category of Coursework. Review the Program Manual for complete descriptions of the categories.
A: The Director does not preapprove specific courses or providers. A certificate holder will plan PDA to meet his/her Learning Plan and goals and select an appropriate provider(s). PDA must be relevant to speech-language pathology 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 criteria for PDA.
A: No, all documentation will be kept by a certificate holder, unless or until, he/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 requested will not be kept or returned to the certificate holder.
A: Documentation of PDA must be kept for 4 years.
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 within the State of Colorado. It is not an exemption; rather, it is another way to meet continuing professional competency requirements. Certificate holders 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 1-year renewal period (i.e. December 1 through November 30) 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 Colorado Department of Education (CDE) – for the entire DORA renewal period, you must have held a special services provider license with CDE in an Active status and been employed by a school district, without any break in employment or CDE license status.
A: At the time that you renew your DORA certificate, you will be required to attest to how you met continuing competency requirements during the 1-year DORA renewal period. If you attest to Deemed Status, you must ensure that you hold an Active license and are in compliance with the approved entity’s continuing competency requirements for the entire DORA renewal period. This doesn’t mean that you must complete those requirements within the DORA 1-year renewal period; rather, it means that you must be in compliance with those requirements at the time that you renew your DORA certificate.
A: Yes, certificate holders 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.
A: Pursuant to section 12-70-102, C.R.S., certificate holders 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 certificate for the 1-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.
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/Speech-Language_Pathology_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.