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Tools and resources for accredited CPD providers

This web page gathers together resources that may be useful to accredited continuing professional development (CPD) providers.

CPD Provider Tip of the Month

Written for CPD providers by CPD providers, the CPD Provider Tip of the Month will be featured in our Tools and Resources website.

July 2020 – Strategies to increase learners engagement in online CPD activities

Brought to you by the Canadian Association of Pathologists and the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

  • FOCUS on 2-3 of synchronous (annotation tools, online meetings, breakout rooms, whiteboards, self-directed study groups, flipped classroom, raise hand) or asynchronous (twitter, Facebook, tiktok, discussion boards (slack), sending a letter...) interactive features. Encourage frequent interactivity. Ask learners to recall information while maintaining a collegial environment.
  • Expect that glitches WILL happen - have a low tech back up plan, and PRACTICE with others. (bandwidth, connectivity, ever changing software, user comfort and hardware, etc.). Co-facilitate, use 2 computers so see what the participant sees.
  • Be EXPLICIT about NETIQUETTE (the correct or acceptable way of communicating on the Internet) and get commitment. When speaking, esp. if no video, be sure to start with "Heather here...", ALWAYS use headphones (sound quality, echo, glitches), always indicate if you've stepped away (chat or participant pod/coffee cup), prepare to learn together (avoid the urge to click/draw/ or play whack-a-mole unless we all are)
  • REVIEW the speaker slides in advance; not too wordy, contain photos/videos; match the amount of allotted time (100 slides will not fit into a 30 minute presentation!). ALWAYS have a designated Host to manage the Chat and Q&A for the Speaker. MODERATE effectively to ensure that the speaker(s) have sufficient time for Q&A. Hold Q&A to the end to avoid interrupting the flow – this could throw off the speaker and risk going over. Most IMPORTANTLY - end on time.

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CPD activity toolkit

Accreditation of CPD activities

Sample accreditation application forms

The forms below are samples only. Royal College-accredited CPD providers should have their own specific application forms.

Accreditation Activity Standards

Sample accreditation statements

International accreditation agreements

Mark your calendar

Royal College-Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Awards

Find out about these awards and how to apply.

Accrediting simulation programs

All providers of health care simulation programs in Canada are invited to apply to be recognized as a Royal College-accredited simulation program. Applicants must be not-for-profit organizations with a formal governance structure. They must also be accountable to and serve medical professionals through continuing professional development and research activities.

Accreditation of simulation programs

Directory of accredited CPD providers

Definition of terms

Term Royal College definition
Co-development The process by which two or more organizations, at least one of which must be a physician organization, prospectively collaborate to develop and implement an accredited educational activity, learning resource or tool.
Educational grant The mechanism by which a sponsor provides support to a CPD organizer for a specific educational activity, learning resource or tool.
Physician organization A physician organization is a not-for-profit group of health professionals with a formal governance structure, accountable to and serving, among others, its specialist physician members.
Sponsor A sponsor is an individual, group, corporation or organization who contributes funds, goods or services to support accredited educational activities, learning resources or tools.
Sponsorship Sponsorship is the process by which individuals, groups, corporations or organizations provide support (financial or in-kind contributions) to a CPD organizer to support an accredited educational activity, learning resource or tool.
Tagging The linking or alignment of a sponsor’s name to a specific educational session within an accredited group learning activity.
Transparency To provide transparency means to clearly disclose, divulge or make known. (The opposite of transparency is ambiguity.)
Contact us

CPD Accreditation Coordinator
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
774 Echo Drive
Ottawa ON K1S 5N8
Telephone: 613-730-2587; toll-free 1-800-668-3740, ext. 587
Email: cpd-accreditation@royalcollege.ca