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Continuing Competency


Podiatry Continuing Competency
 

Ongoing Professional Development & Continuing Competency

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. 

 


Complying with Continuing Competency

There are three ways in which to comply with the Continuing Competency (CC) requirement:

  1. Participation in a Maintenance of Certification program approved by the Colorado Podiatry Board (known as Deemed Status);

  2. Participation in the CC program administered by the Colorado Podiatry Board; or

  3. An exemption from the program for qualified military service.

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Deemed Status is NOT an exemption, rather another way to comply with CPD.

Licensed Podiatrist completing the ongoing professional development program of an entity approved by the Board are deemed to have satisfied the Continuing Competency requirement.

Participation in one of the following programs is approved by the Board for Deemed Status:

  • American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS)
    • Board Qualified Status; or
    • Board Certified Status
  • American Board of Podiatric Medicine (formerly the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine (ABPM or ABPOPPM)

    • Board Qualified Status; or
    • Board Certified Status

Important to Note:
Deemed Status does not apply to the mandatory requirement for the accrual of 10 CMEs annually pursuant to § 12-32-11 (1) (a) C.R.S. and Board Rule 110.

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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:

  • Completing the Reflective Self-Assessment Tool annually.

  • Completing the mandatory requirement of 10 CMES annually pursuant to § 12-32-11 (1) (a) C.R.S. and Board Rule 110.

    • Completing a Learning Goals Tool as documentation for 10 CME in lieu of certificates of completion.
  • Complete an Assessment of Knowledge and Skill once every five years that meets the Board’s criteria.  The five year cycle shall being upon the renewal of a license in 2013 or upon the first renewal of a license thereafter.
     

Assessment of Knowledge and Skill (AKS)
Podiatrists are required to complete an Assessment of Knowledge and Skill (AKS) meeting Board criteria or Approval once every five (5) years.  The five (5) year cycle shall begin upon the renewal of a license in 2013 or upon the first renewal or reinstatement of a license thereafter.

Podiatrist are offered a hybrid rule that both identifies specific tools that satisfy the Assessment of Knowledge and Skill component and criteria by which additional tools may be approved if they meet the list of requirements.

Approved Assessment of Knowledge and Skill programs:

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Orthopedic Self-Assessment Examination (Current Version)

  • PICA Home Study, Data Trace Publishing Company (Current Version)

Criteria for Approval of Tool:
  • Must be scored

  • Must be Objective

  • Administered by a reputable entity and drafted by a qualified podiatrist(s)

  • Deliver to the candidate a certificate of completion or other documentation of completion

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:

  • The five (5) year AKS cycle starts after the first renewal of your license.

  • Your cycle repeats every 5 years.

  • If a licensed Podiatrist does not complete the AKS in the allotted cycle, the licensee will not be able to renew until the requirement is met.

     

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A Military Exemption is available to certain individuals serving in active military duty. 

Licensed military personnel who have been called for duty for more than 120 days for the purpose of serving in a war, emergency or contingency are exempt from certain licensing fees and requirements. The exempt fees include any registration fees, including license renewal fees. The exempt licensing requirements include any continuing competency and any continuing education or professional competency requirements. These exemptions apply to fees and requirements related to a license renewal cycle that fall within the period of service, or up to 6 months following completion of service.

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.



Using the Official State Web Portal

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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