Education is the first step to empowerment for Licensed Practical Nurses, and the CLPNA ensures this quest for excellence continues every step of the way. We work tirelessly to anticipate the future needs of Albertans; to share our innovations and embrace interprofessional collaboration; and to support the ongoing competency of our dedicated LPNs – leaders in healthcare.


In an evolving healthcare system, nurses must be proactive to maintain the level of competence demanded of their role.

The Continuing Competency Program (CCP) is a formal system for LPNs to assess, monitor, reflect and report on their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Mandated by the Health Professions Act, the CCP promotes ongoing safe, ethical, competent, lifelong practice, and offers nurses opportunities to pursue and achieve professional growth throughout their careers.

Annual Participation

The key resources of the CCP are the Competency Profile, Standards of Practice and the Self-Assessment Tool. Licensed practical nurses use these resources and self- reflection, to assess, maintain and enhance competence on an ongoing basis. LPNs submit an annual Learning Plan with a minimum of two mandatory learning objectives as a required part of annual Registration Renewal. LPNs also reflect on their professional practice and develop learning goals for the next year through a self-directed, role-specific or desired learning process. Throughout the year, LPNs can access their Learning Plan on their online profile to review and update as necessary.

During Registration Renewal, LPNs identify whether they completed their Learning Plan from the previous year or report alternate learning.


The Continuing Competency Program Validation (CCPV) monitors accountability and commitment to the CCP by verifying the learning completed in the past two years. Licensed practical nurses are selected at random and could be selected multiple years. Practice support is available for LPNs who require assistance in using the online program, as well as those unclear about the reporting process, educational activities, verification documents and professional commitment to CCP. To maintain a Practice Permit, participation is mandatory as per s.40(2)(c) of the Health Professions Act and LPNs who are chosen and do not complete the CCPV are not eligible to practice in the following year. In 2014, 1941 LPNs participated in CCPV. As CLPNA membership increases, so will the number of participants chosen for Validation.

20% Member Participation
(1089 LPNs)
20% Member Participation
(1420 LPNs)
20% Member Participation
(1634 LPNs)
20% Member Participation
(1941 LPNs)
Complete 97.0% 96.0% 96.6% 95.2%
Incomplete 0.5% 0.8% 0.1% 0.7%
Non-Compliant 1.6% 2.3% 2.3% 1.8%
Exemption 0.5% 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
Retirement 0.4% 0.6% 0.6% 1.9%