PD Program 

CACB Professional Development Program 

The Maintenance of Competence Committee oversees the continuing professional development (PD) program designed by the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry to encourage and support the lifelong learning needs of its Fellows and other healthcare professionals who are in the practice of clinical chemistry.  The program uses accreditation of continuing professional development events, establishes an ongoing PD program for continuing education credits, and conducts audits of PD credit submissions as a means ng this goal.

List of Fellows who have complied with Maintenance of Competence requirements for the 2015 year

General Requirements for Fellows

•  A minimum of 25 credits per year is required to reflect ongoing professional development.  The credits may be applied to any number of categories.
•  Credits are accumulated on a 3-year rolling basis.  Documentation must be submitted annually.
•  The minimum number of credits required for any 3-year period is 150
•  A minimum of 25 credits per 3-year period are required for Category 1
•  Credits must be claimed from at least 3 categories for any 3-year period.

Reinstatement of Fellowship

Return to Active Fellowship After a Leave of Absence from Work

Update from the Maintenance of Competence Chair re Reinstatement and Requirements 

Submission of credits

Submission of credits are only done online.
To submit, login and click PD Program on the menu on the left of your screen under "Membership Tools".
Your personal record will come up on the screen.  Depending on your internet browser, you may need to scroll down in order to see the record.

To enter your credits, click on one of the numbers (categories) along the top row of the record.
Complete the information in each field and submit

Submission of documentation is mandatory when credits are submitted, in order to complete the claim.  Therefore you should have any electronic documents ready for upload. 
In some cases , additional documentation may be required for an audit (please refer to the "How to complete the form" in the link below).  The most complete record should be submitted to avoid insufficient documentation.

Please keep your own file of documentation for each category for the entire 3-year cycle.  If you wish to store your documentation on the website, it will be kept for 3 years.. 

RULES and GUIDELINES for PD Program and 3-year Professional Development Certificates (effective March 4, 2015)


Category Examples Documentation required for routine PD claim Documentation that may be required for audit

Formal Group Learning
specifically related to Lab Medicine and accredited by CACB, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, or AACC (ACCENT)

1 credit / hr
Max. per 3 yrs: 100


 • Conferences
 • Seminars
 • Accredited Medical Grand Rounds related to laboratory medicine
 • CSCC Education Roundtables

 • CSCC or AACC meetings: certificate

 • Other meetings: certificate or meeting announcement (electronic OK)

see below

 • CSCC or AACC meetings: certificate

 • Other meetings: certificate or registration and program schedule (signed and dated by participant with attended events indicated)

 • CSCC Education Roundtable: password

Other Formal Group Learning
not specifically related to Lab Medicine or formal group learning related to lab medicine not accredited as per Category 1.

1 credit / hr
Max. per 3 yrs: 50

 • Departmental seminars
 • Journal clubs
 • Industry workshops
 • Regional clinical chemistry meetings
 • Programs accredited by P.A.C.E.

 • Certificate of attendance
 • Meeting announcement (electronic OK)

 • Certificiate of attendance
 • Meeting announcement (signed and dated by participant)
 • Meeting minutes (indicating presence)

Self-directed Learning

1 credit / hr
Max. per 3 yrs: 50

 • Journal/textbook reading
 • Online presentations
 • Self-assessment modules (eg. AACC, ASCP)
• Archived CSCC Education Roundtables
• Archived P.A.C.E. programs
 Not included:
 • Literature searches
 • Email discussion groups


 • Date and time spent
 • Article/presentation title

 • Date and time spent
 • Article/presentation title
 • Password (teleconferences)

CATEGORY 4 (inactive)



Service-associated Learning

1 credit / 3 hrs (5 per committee)
Max. per 3 yrs: 50

Service Examples: 
• Board or committee of scientific association
• examiner for recognized certification body
• journal reviewer

 • Date and time spent

• Letter/email of acknowledgement or invitation to join
• Meeting minutes indicating presence

Teaching in Laboratory Medicine

2 credits / hr
Max. per 3 yrs: 50

 • Teaching of students at university/college level
 • Formal group instruction for lab technologists
 • Workplace safety training

 • Course schedule, including particpant's name and lecture titles

 • Course schedule, including participant's name and lecture titles
 • Letter/email of acknowledgement from course organizer

Change in Practice

1 credit / hr (5 per case)
Max. per 3 yrs.: 75

Time spent developing a new process eg.
 • New lab test
 • Revised reporting format
 • Updating teaching curriculum

Time spent implementing the process is not eligible as this would be considered part of a biochemist's regular duties.  This includes staff training, information dissemination and administration.

 • Description of the stimulus and the learning activities
 • Description of the process and its outcomes

 • Description of the stimulus and the learning activities
 • Description of the process outcomes
 • List of major references

Publications and Presentations

5 credits / item
Max. per 3 yrs.:50

 • Articles in scientific journals
 • Posters or oral presentations
 • Submissions to publications indirectly related to lab medicine eg. hospital newsletters

 • Copy of abstract/title from meeting handbook
 • Copy of front page of article

 • Copy of abstract/title from meeting handbook
 • Copy of front page of article

 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Fellows only

50 credits / year (fixed)

 Physicians who have a certificate of credits from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and who wish to use the certificate to serve both RCPSC and CACB may use this category.  If Category 9 is used to submit credits, credits should not be entered into any other category.  A Category 9 submission is equivalent to 50 creidts (fixed).  The annual certificate from the RCPSC is your supporting documentation.  Only one submission may be made each year.

Category 1 claims:

Ideally a certificate of attendance stating the number of hours and clearly stating the accrediting body

In the absence of a formal certificate, most national and international meetings should qualify if they have one or more of the following:
      - accreditation by a recognized body
      - relevant to laboratory medicine and professional practice; the context is neither too clinical or basic biomedicatl research (i.e. not directly applicable to practice)
      - the content level is directed towards laboratory professionals (scientists and physicians)
      - a program stating the dates and times, speakers, titles, learning objectives of the sessions is provided

The following are generally NOT considered Category 1 unless specifically accredited:
      - Rounds
      - Journal clubs
      - Courses
      - Symposia
      - Satellite events within major conferences
      - Industry sponsored workshops
These should be claimed as Category 2 credits

NOTE:  The committee will use judgment and may request additional supporting documentation if submitted documents are deemed inadequate.

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