CCCEP Accreditation

Standards and Guidelines

  • Do I need to use generic names for products?

    Yes, generic names are to be used. If necessary for accuracy, a brand name may be used once (with the generic name in brackets) and then the generic name used for the remainder of the activity. If a brand name is stated, all brand names must be listed.

      In situations where it is necessary for safety or accuracy, brand names may be used. However, all brand names are to be used in a balanced manner with no preference given to any one brand name or those of one company.

  • Do I need to include a learner assessment?

    Yes, learner assessments are required in all learning activities, except for those accredited as a conference accreditation.

  • Do I need to include learning objectives in my learning activity?

    Yes, learning objectives must be included in all learning activities. They should be outcome-based, SMART learning objectives.

  • Do I need to have an expert review conducted on my learning activity?

    Yes. All new learning activities, except those submitted as part of a conference accreditation, must have an expert review conducted. The Expert Reviewers must complete the Expert Reviewer Release Statement and sign off on the content. The expert review may be two external experts or an expert panel. Expert Reviews are also required for Extensions and Updates, but not for Administrative and Delivery Type changes, unless there is a change in content.

  • Can I include off-label content in my presentation?

    Yes. However, you must declare up front that you are including off-label content. Also, you must identify off-label content when you present it.

  • Can there be ads on the same webpage as the educational content?

    No. Ads may only be located in on pages of a document or website that do not contain educational content. Ad are not permitted in presentation content.

  • Can I distribute product information or samples at a presentation?

    No. Product information or samples cannot be distributed during or in the same space as the learning activity. They may be distributed in another space, provided the distribution occurs a minimum of 15 metres from the entrance to the space where the learning activity occurs.

Program Provider

  • What are the requirements to be a program provider?

    Any organization or business, including a sole proprietorship, can register to be a program provider. The three primary requirements are that the program provider (1) develops and delivers quality continuing education that meets CCCEPs standards for accreditation, (2) adheres to the CCCEPs sponsorship code of practice and (3) maintains learner records for a period of three years after the expiry of the accreditation for a learning activity.

  • How do I become a program provider?

    To become a program provider you complete the Provider Registration form, which asks you to provide your name and organization contact information. You also provide a username and password. As soon as you complete the registration form, you may log in as a “provider” and submit an application.

  • What is the difference between a Full Privilege provider and a Limited Privilege provider?

    Most organizations are Full Privilege Providers. They can perform any aspect of the design, development, delivery and administration of a learning activity. A Limited Privilege Provider may provide logistics and promote a learning activity. They may NOT develop any learning activity or present a Live learning activity.

Accredited Provider

  • What are the requirements to be a CCCEP accredited provider?

    In addition to meeting the general requirements for a program provider, an accredited provider must be an incorporated, non-profit organization, ideally with a history of providing continuing health education learning activities.

  • What is the difference between a program provider and an accredited program provider?

    The primary difference is that program providers submit their learning activities to CCCEP for accreditation and accredited providers accredit their own learning activities, using the CCCEP standards and guidelines. The accredited provider pays CCCEP an annual fee based on the volume of programming, as opposed to paying the accreditation fee for each individual learning activity.

  • How does an organization become an accredited provider?

    To become an accredited provider, an organization must submit an accredited provider application. The application is designed to assess the capacity of the organization to develop, deliver and self-accredit learning activities that meet CCCEP standards and guidelines for CCCEP accreditation. The application includes information about the organization (mission, plans, finances, human resources, etc.) and the learning activities that it has developed and delivered. The application must be approved by the CCCEP Board of Directors.

  • How long does the accredited provider application process take?

    The application process usually takes 3 to 5 months from the provider submitting an Intent to Apply to the final approval. The process involves the completion of the Self-Assessment Application by the provider, the review of the Self-Assessment Application by a CCCEP review panel, a provider-review panel meeting, finalization of the application and review/approval by the CCCEP Board of Directors. The CCCEP Board normally reviews application twice per year – in late November and late May.

  • What is the cost of becoming an accredited provider?

    The accredited provider application fee is $1500. If accredited, the provider will pay the Annual Accredited Provider fee for their first year. The annual fee is based on the estimated volume of programming. The minimum annual fee is $1500. The annual fee is prorated by the amount of time left in their program year.

Learner Assessment

  • What is the difference between learner assessment and activity evaluation?

    A learner assessment is an activity by which the participant is able to assess what they are learning.

    An activity evaluation is evaluative feedback from the participants in a learning activity, usually through a participant evaluation form, to the program provider regarding potential bias and the quality of the activity, instructional materials, presenter, etc.