BYLAW 10 ‎–‎ CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Published: February 2021

Annual continuing professional development 

10-1 (1) In this section: 

“CPD year” means a one-year period from December 1 until November 30 of the following calendar year;
“qualifying hours” means hours of learning activities satisfying criteria specified in council policy.
(2) Commencing December 1, 2021, every practising RPF registrant and practising RFT registrant and, if required by council policy, members of another category or subcategory of registrants, must satisfy the annual continuing professional development requirement established under this section in respect of each CPD year.
(3) Subject to subsections (4) to (7), to satisfy the annual continuing professional development requirement in respect of a CPD year, a registrant described in subsection (2)

(a) must complete the following during the CPD year:

(i) a minimum of 30 qualifying hours of continuing professional development, if the registrant is a practising RPF registrant or practising RFT registrant;
(ii) the applicable minimum number of qualifying hours of continuing professional development specified in council policy (such minimum not to exceed 30 qualifying hours), if the registrant is a member of another category or subcategory of registrants; and

(b) must, by November 30 of the CPD year, submit to the registrar a record of continuing professional development completed during the CPD year, in the form required by the audit and practice review committee. 

(4) If the registrar or the audit and practice review committee is satisfied that there are special circumstances, the registrar or the audit and practice review committee may extend the time for a registrant to submit a record of continuing professional development required under subsection (3)(b), subject to the registrant’s payment of any applicable late fee specified in the Fee Schedule.
(5) The council may require, by policy, that qualifying hours completed under subsection (3) must include a minimum number of qualifying hours relating to each of the following topics:

(a) professional competencies, including 

(i) the standards of ethical and professional conduct, 
(ii) Indigenous reconciliation, and
(iii) forest stewardship;

(b) declared areas of professional practice;
(c) interpersonal competencies.

(6) Qualifying hours or additional learning activities completed after November 30 in respect of the previous CPD year, in accordance with a notice of non-compliance under section 10-2(2), must not be counted towards the requirements of subsection (3)(a) in respect of the CPD year in which they are completed.
(7) In exceptional circumstances, the registrar or the audit and practice review committee may exempt a registrant from the requirements of this section in accordance with council policy.

Non-compliance

10-2 (1) The registrar must notify the audit and practice review committee if

(a) a registrant fails to submit a record of continuing professional development completed during a CPD year by November 30 or any extended deadline granted by the registrar or the audit and practice review committee under section 10-1(4), or 
(b) the registrar determines that the record of continuing professional development submitted by a registrant under section 10-1(3)(b) fails to satisfy the requirements of section 10-1(3)(a) and (5). 

(2) On receipt of a notice from the registrar under subsection (1), the audit and practice review committee may direct the registrar to deliver a notice of non-compliance to the registrant, requiring the registrant

(a) to pay any applicable late fee specified in the Fee Schedule within 7 days of receipt of the notice of non-compliance, and 
(b) to complete any outstanding requirements under section 10-1, as well as any additional examinations, courses or other learning activities required by the registrar or the audit and practice review committee in accordance with audit and practice review committee policy, by a deadline specified in the notice of non-compliance.

(3) The registration of a registrant is cancelled immediately if the registrant fails to deliver payment of a late fee required under subsection (2)(a) within the time specified in the notice of non-compliance or such further time as may be permitted by the registrar.
(4) If subsection (1)(a) or (b) apply to a registrant or if a registrant fails to comply with requirements specified in a notice of non-compliance under subsection (2)(b), the registrar may, in addition to any action taken under subsection (2),

(a) refer the registrant to the audit and practice review committee for a review of the practice of the registrant under section 63(4) and (5) of the Act  and Bylaw 11  (Audit and Practice Review), or
(b) notify the investigation committee of the registrant’s non-compliance for the investigation committee’s review under section 12-5 of Bylaw 12  (Complaints, Investigation and Discipline). 


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