What is CME?
Continuing Medical Education (CME) allows paramedics to maintain and enhance knowledge, skills and attitude, and to learn about different clinical situations that occur less frequently in the field. CPER strives to provide essential courses and new learning opportunities for paramedics through CME. In order for CME credits to be allocated, the educational activity must enhance the clinical practice of paramedicine at the certification level of the Paramedic and must be preapproved by CPER.
Our goal is to provide all Paramedics an opportunity to self-direct CME needs as much as possible. Our CME program provides a variety of options for Paramedics to acquire all CME credits within the CME deadline. PCPs are encouraged to engage in an as many CME opportunities as possible, to support continued growth and improvement of knowledge, skills and attitude.
What CME Credits and/or Online Modules do I need to complete to maintain certification?
The requirements for Maintenance of Certification reflects the provincial mandate of 8 CME credits annually for PCPs and 24 CME credits annually for ACPs. As always, 8 of these credits are accumulated when paramedics attend an education session in the form of a CPER Annual Practice Review (APR) in each certification year. This APR is a mandatory session for all CPER Paramedics.
In addition to successful completion of the 8 credit APR CME, ACPs are required to obtain a minimum of an additional 16 CME credits during each certification year.
All Paramedics must complete all mandatory online modules and CME requirements AND provide proof of completion when required to CPER by November 20, 2020 at 1600hrs at 1600hrs. It is the responsibility of the Paramedic to ensure that the deadline for completion of all requirements is met, in order to maintain certification.
Please keep in mind that the 10 patient contact standard, as per the ALS PCS Appendix 6, is a completely separate stream that may require the Paramedic to complete additional education and training, in order to maintain certification. Paramedics who are required to completed additional educational components relating to this will receive separate communication from CPER.
WHAT IS THE CME DEADLINE FOR 2019?
The deadline to acquire CME credits is November 20, 2020 at 1600hrs.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT COMPLETE MY CME REQUIREMENTS?
Paramedics who do not complete the CME requirements as prescribed by CPER are not eligible for continued annual certification and are subject to administrative deactivation. If a Paramedic is administratively deactivated due to not meeting CME requirements, the Paramedic will remain deactivated until such time that all CME requirements are met. Any Paramedic who has been administratively deactivated more than once over the past 5 years (including the current 2020 year) may be required to complete a remediation plan prior to reactivation. This remediation plan will be at the discretion of the Education Department.
CAN I CARRY OVER CME CREDIT FROM ONE YEAR TO THE NEXT?
Any CME credit earned in November 2020 only are eligible for carryover into 2020, so long as 2019 CME credit requirements are met by the end of November 20, 2020. You are allowed to carry over a maximum of 4 CME credits.
MAY I TAKE A CME NOT OUTLINED IN THE CME CATALOGUE?
CME credit pre-approval must be obtained from CPER prior to attending the desired program/event. If the CME is taken without prior approval, CME credit may not be granted.
CAN I ATTEND CME OFFERED BY OTHER BASE HOSPITALS?
Opportunities may exist for paramedics to attend CME delivered by another Base Hospital. Submission of a completion/ participation certificate by the respective BH will be required to enable CPER to award CME credits.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A CME EVENT DELIVERED/ORGANIZED BY CPER?
CAN I BE REIMBURSED BY CPER FOR REGISTRATION FEES FOR EXTERNAL COURSES?
CPER does not reimburse paramedics for any fees related to completion of CME credits. Only your Service Operator (employer) can determine if CME options will be compensated. Paramedics must contact their respective Service Operator (employer) prior to attending any CME option if they are seeking financial compensation.
HOW CAN I OBTAIN PRE-APPROVAL FOR EXTERNAL COURSE/EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY TO USE TOWARDS MY CME REQUIREMENTS?
WHERE DO I FIND THE CME CREDIT REQUEST FORM?
CME Credit Request form can be found by clicking here: CME Credit Request Form
I AM A NEWLY CERTIFIED ACP. DO I NEED TO COMPLETE ALL 24 CME CREDITS FOR THE YEAR?
Newly certified ACPs are required to obtain CME credits, on a pro-rated basis, depending on the initial certification date. Please see below for the amount of CME credit required depending on your initial certification date.Newly certified ACPs are required to obtain CME credits, on a pro-rated basis, depending on the initial certification date. Please see below for the amount of CME credit required depending on your initial certification date.
December 1 – February 29: 16 self directed CME credits, plus APR (8 CME credits)
March 1 – May 31: 12 self directed CME credits, plus APR (8 CME credits)
June 1 – August 31: 8 self directed CME credits, plus APR (8 CME credits)
September 1 – November 30: 4 self directed CME credits, plus APR (8 CME credits)
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