Continuing Education and Competency Program - Learning Plan
Keep your Learning Plan and supporting documents in your records. If you are selected for an audit, you will be required to provide those documents to the Audit Committee. Reading the CEC instructions will help you develop and record your learning plan properly. To help you out, along with the learning plan form, we are providing a filled-out sample for a learning goal.
The point of the learning plan is to give you an opportunity to identify areas where you may want or need additional information so you may remain competent in your practice setting. The learning plan contains personalized strategies designed to help you set, meet, and evaluate your professional development or learning goals. The learning plan has four components;
- Learning Goals
- Reflective Practice (impact on practice and client outcomes)
Starting Your Learning Plan
The planning process can help you investigate methods of acquiring the skills, knowledge, and/or experience which is required for your role, or the role you aspire to have as a Massage Therapist. Learning plans can be based on the completion of formal education programs or from informal ways such as:
- staff meetings;
- consultations with other care providers;
- mentoring learners or new graduates/employees; or,
- participating in a research-based project, case preparation or a College committee or CMTPEI Council.
Developing Your Learning Plan
- Identify learning goals (May)
- Identify at least two things you would like to learn over the upcoming registration year. These are your learning goals.
- Your goals should be realistic and be specific to your practice environment as a Massage Therapist.
- Identify the rationale for your learning goals (May)
- Explain why you want to meet these goals.
- Connect the rationale to your practice.
- Identify the objectives (May-June)
- Objectives are the activities you will undertake to achieve this learning goal.
- Throughout the year update your learning plan by listing specific learning interventions and activities as you complete them (May-February).
- Indicate how your learning may improve your practice or positively impact client outcomes (March)
- It is important for your learning to be reflected on for the purposes of improving client outcomes.
- Knowing, or at least anticipating the overall impact of your learning will help you evaluate the effectiveness of your plan and future learning goals.
- Keeping a record of professional activities can help you keep track of what you have completed. Proof of these activities could also be requested during an Audit.
- It is also important that you keep a summary of key learning points from each activity as this will be helpful at the end of the year when you are reflecting on the overall impact of your learning.
Some learning goals do not meet CEC requirements — It is important to note employer-mandated education and/or review of knowledge (i.e. CPR, WHMIS, etc.) are not considered acceptable learning goals because they are not specific to your profession - they also apply to a variety of non-registered care providers.