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