Continuing Competence Program

CC and Jurisprudence FAQ


How can I set goals when I do not know what activities I will be able to undertake in the upcoming year?
The goals you set should be related to your goals for your professional development. With expanding opportunities using technology or reading appropriate literature, it should be possible to meet at least a portion of a goal that you set during the reporting period.  It is not necessary to completely finish a goal within one year.
If I participate in a professional development activity that doesn’t relate to one of the goals I set, do I have to set a goal for that activity?
Opportunities  may present themselves that is applicable to your professional development.  If you had not set a goal related to a particular activity, you do not need to ‘work backwards’ and set another goal. Simply record this new activity and leave ‘Meets Goal 1-4’ blank for that particular activity.
Can I submit more than 15 points one year and submit less than 15 points the next year?
No. You must submit 15 points for professional development activities. If you choose to report more than 15 points for a given reporting year, you must still submit 15 points the following year.
How do I “carry over” points?
Each member is responsible for recording their professional development activities and reporting the required number of points from their total activities. Activities for a given reporting year can be accomplished during the previous TWO years. For example, activities can be reported between January 2021, can be accomplished between April 1, 2019 and January 31, 2021.

If you wish to carry over points, you must remember to report them only ONCE.  For example, if you participate in professional development activity in June 2020, you may report that activity on your Continuing Competence submission in January 2021, or you may NOT report it at the time and “carry over” the points from that activity on report or report it on your Continuing Competence submission in January 2022.

How do I know if an activity is professional development or part of my daily work?
Professional development activities are generally planned activities chosen to meet set goals.  As described previously, some activities may present themselves and fit well with your overall professional development even though they do not fit within a specified goal that you had set.

Activities such as consulting with a colleague regarding a question, whether it be in person, by phone or by email, is part of providing appropriate nutritional care or ensuring optimal nutritional care for your individual clients. This is not professional development.

Preparing a presentation using materials and resources you have available to you that does not require any additional research on your part is not professional development.

Participating in activities such as general lifestyle/healthy living classes may be part of your personal development, but does not qualify as professional development.

It is not possible to list an inclusive list of activities that do or do not qualify.  If you need clarification about the merit of a specific activity, contact the College, and your question can be directed to CDMs Professional Practice Coordinator.

How can I fully support my goals if only allowed to submit a maximum of 25 points?
It is not the purpose of the CC program to do a complete audit of each member’s professional development activities.  Each  member is responsible for ensuring their own competence and undertaking whatever activities may be necessary to maintain continuing competence.  The CC program looks at a “snapshot” of each member’s professional development activities to ensure that they are undertaking appropriate types of activities.  Many members will undertake much greater than 25 points of activities in order to meet their goals.  As there is no specific point value that can guarantee competence, the program has determined that 15 points per year is a reasonable expectation based on requirements of other dietetic colleges and other similar continuing competence programs.
Is it possible to catch up points versus carry over?
No.  In order to renew your registration with the College of Dietitians of Manitoba, you must submit a minimum of 15 points each reporting year.
Can courses be split between two years? For example, I took a course that was allocated 30 CPE hours through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Can I claim 15 points this year and 15 next year for this course?
No, you cannot split points between renewal years.  You must claim all points from the course in one reporting year.


Why do I need to understand jurisprudence?
Dietitians must understand the laws and standards that relate to their practice.  Increased awareness will help dietitians to practise within the boundaries of the law and ultimately lead to greater client safety.
Who is required to complete the jurisprudence learning module?
All Dietitians must complete any required jurisprudence learning modules as part of their continuing competence requirements for registration renewal.
When do I need to complete the module?
You must complete the module by January 31 in order to review your registration by March 31.
How long does it take to complete the jurisprudence learning module?
The module will take approximately 1½ to 2 hours to complete.  There are links to external information and additional information that may increase the time required.
Does the module meet the requirements of the CDM CC Program?
Yes, the module meets the requirements of the CDM CC Program.
How many points can I claim for completing the module?
Dietitians may claim 2 points for completing the module.
Can I complete the module on my phone?
The module is not optimized to view on a cell phone.  It is best viewed on a desktop, laptop or tablet.
Do I have to complete the module at one time?
No, you can pause the module and resume later, provided you are using the same device.  You will not be able to use different devices to complete the module.
Can I use different devices to complete the module? For example, if I start it at work and get called away, can I resume the module at home, where I left off?
You can stop the module and come back to it later, provided you are using the same device.  You will not be able to use different devices to complete the module.
Will I be tested on my knowledge?
There is a quiz at the end of the module with practice scenarios and questions requiring a response.  The rationale for each response is provided.  Your score will not be reported to the College
Can I re-do the module to get a better score?
You can re-do the module as many times as you like.  However, the College is only recording completion data.  Your score will not be reported to the College.
Do I need to submit the certificate of completion to the College?
You do not need to submit the certificate of completion.  The College recommends that you take a screenshot or print a copy for your records. 
Will I need to submit a certificate in the event that I am selected for audit of my CC submission?
If your CC submission is selected for audit, the College will have a record that the module has been completed.  No further documentation is required; however, the College recommends that you take a screenshot or print a copy for your records.



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