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Continuing Competency - Podiatrists


Podiatry Continuing Competency
 

Ongoing Professional Development & Continuing Competency

Continuing Competency (CC) is a process by which licensed podiatrists periodically provide, as a condition of license renewal, evidence they are actively participating in a program of ongoing professional development relevant to their areas of practice. Legislation passed in 2010 requires Colorado podiatrists to demonstrate ongoing professional development beginning in 2013. Review section 12-32-111, C.R.S. for the full statute, and Board Rules 110 and 150.  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 currently participating in a Maintenance of Certification program 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 will be claimed thru an attestation during the renewal process. 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. 

 

“NEW” Method of Showing Compliance with Continuing Competency Requirements Has Changed

Changes to the way licensees show compliance with continuing competency requirements are now in effect. During the 2014 renewal cycle, instead of logging compliance online in the CC Portal, licensees will now attest to compliance during the renewal process. Audits will be conducted by the Board to verify compliance.


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 Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS)
    • Board Qualified Status; or
    • Board Certified Status
  • American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM)

    • 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 (RSAT) annually. Click here to access the RSAT.

  • 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. Click here to access the Learning Goals Tool form.

  • Complete an Assessment of Knowledge and Skill once every five years that meets the Board’s criteria. The five year cycle shall begin 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) once every five (5) years. A licensee can take an AKS that is already approved by the Board or an AKS that meets the criteria defined by the Board (see Board Rule 150).  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.

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: If an AKS delivers CME credit, the podiatrist may count those credits toward the mandatory 10 CME for the corresponding renewal cycle.
 

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. 

Military personnel whose active duty service lasts for at least 120 days for the purpose of serving in a war, emergency or contingency, and falls within the defined renewal period or up to 6 months prior to the renewal period 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, continuing education, and professional development requirements.

For more details on exemptions from renewal fees, continuing education, continuing competency, and professional development for military service, please visit the Division’s military web page by clicking here.

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.

 
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