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Continuing Competency (CC) is a new process by which licensed podiatrists periodically provide, as a condition of license renewal, evidence that they are actively participating in a program of ongoing professional development that is relevant to their areas of practice. Legislation passed in 2010 requires Colorado podiatrists to demonstrate ongoing professional development beginning in 2013. Prior to renewing a license in 2014, podiatrists will be required to demonstrate their continuing competency through either participation in a Board approved Maintenance of Certification program, or through the Continuing Competency program administered by the Colorado Podiatry Board.
Podiatrists that are currently participating in a Maintenance of Certification program that is recognized by the Colorado Podiatry Board may be deemed to have substantially complied with the continuing competency renewal requirement through “Deemed Status.” This includes Colorado podiatrists who are “eligible,” “qualified,” or “lifetime certified” with a specialty board approved by the Colorado Podiatry Board. Deemed Status may be claimed through a simple online attestation. Licensees who are not part of a specialty board will be required to participate in the Continuing Competency program administered by the Colorado Podiatry Board.
All licensees are required to continue showing compliance with Rule #110 of the Podiatry Board requiring the accrual of 10 CME each renewal cycle.
There are three ways in which to comply with the Continuing Competency (CC) requirement:
Participation in a Maintenance of Certification program approved by the Colorado Podiatry Board (known as Deemed Status);
Participation in the CC program administered by the Colorado Podiatry Board; or
An exemption from the program for qualified military service.
Deemed Status is NOT an exemption, rather another way to comply with CPD.
Important to Note:
Podiatrists not already involved in an MOC through a specialty board must document their Continuing Competency using the process defined by the Board. Those Podiatrists may use the resources specifically provided by the Board or may identify their own that meet the criteria established by the Board. Either way, the Continuing Competency program must include the following components:
Assessment of Knowledge and Skill (AKS)
Criteria for Approval of Tool:
Note: (Many assessments meeting the recommended criteria may emanate from the CME market and be approved for CME credit. CME awarded for completion of Assessment of Knowledge and Skill can count towards the yearly requirement of 10 CME.)
Determining your AKS cycle:
When determining your cycle for completing the Assessment of Knowledge and Skill (AKS), keep the following guidelines in mind:
A Military Exemption is available to certain individuals serving in active military duty.
For more details on exemptions from renewal fees for military service, please visit the Division’s military webpage.
For the statute and rules related to exemptions from renewal requirements for military service, please visit the Podiatry Board's Laws, Rules and Policies webpage.
Podiatrists may document their compliance online the Official State Web Portal (“portal”). Upon their first visit, Podiatrists will need to create a user ID and password. The status bar will direct you through each step of the CC program. A detailed "Portal Guide" with screen shots and a "Sample Learning Plan" can be accessed by clicking the buttons on the left. The portal allows you to:
Create a secure user account to manage your Continuing Competency;
Attest to Deemed Status or claim a Military Exemption;
Access the Reflective Self-Assessment and Learning Plan Tool.
*Please note, Podiatrists that are claiming Deemed Status or a military exemption still must attest online using the portal.
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