All RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs are responsible for attaining the minimum number of practice hours required in CSHBC’s three-year cycle for practice hours: 750 hours over three years for their primary registration. Practice hours are a Quality Assurance & Professional Practice (QAPP) Program measure to ensure recency of practice.
For the current reporting cycle that began January 1, 2022, registrants with two or more registrations will not be required to report or complete additional practice hours. However, registrants should be aware that the College anticipates that practice hour requirements for additional registrations will be introduced before the current cycle ends on December 31, 2024. Registrants will be notified of this anticipated change well in advance of the end of the next reporting cycle, and additional hours will be pro-rated from the date of enforcement.
The three-year reporting cycles for practice hours and continuing competency credits (CCCs) are aligned. The current cycles for both requirements run from January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2024.
The required number of practice hours is indicated in your Registrant Portal account. You must report enough practice hours to reduce your balance in the Portal to zero. There is no requirement to report more than the number of hours indicated in the portal. Registrants must ensure that all hours reported reflect true practice hours in their profession. For more information, see Acceptable Practice Hours below.
Who needs to attain the required practice hours
The practice hours requirement applies to:
- Full registrants, including those holding Certified Practice (CP) certificates
- Non-practising registrants — those wishing to convert back to Full registration status will need to demonstrate they have completed and reported the number of practice hours required of Full registrants for the same period. Registrants cannot lawfully practice under the Non-practising registration classification — practice hours must be acquired during a period of Full registration within a three-year cycle
The practice hours requirement does not apply to:
- Conditional registrants
- HIP Interns/students
- Temporary and Temporary (teaching) registrants
- Retired registrants
Acceptable practice hours
Registrants must only report hours that directly relate to the practice of their profession(s).
Acceptable practice hour categories are as follows:
- Client services provided in person or virtually. Each hour of service may be counted, including time spent with clients as well as hours in related services such as documentation, report writing, or making referrals
- Providing in-person or virtual education and training to other registrants, communication health assistants (CHAs), students, and other health professionals
- Supervising or managing registrants, CHAs, or students in the applicable profession(s). This may include hours as a QAPP Practice Review assessor or supervisor
- Providing profession-specific consulting, advisory, educational, or profession-specific counselling services to clients, families, and caregivers
- Managing or administering profession-specific programs or services
- Leading or participating in profession-specific research or academic writing
- Leading or participating in professional activities that impact the practice of the profession (e.g., committee work)
- Performing regulatory, professional association, or policy development work (this is intended for practice or clinically related work – not clerical or administrative work)
- Teaching profession-specific courses
- Other professional activities that impact the practice of the profession.
Practice hours cannot include hours completed under supervision, including:
- Student practicum hours
- HIP Intern practicum hours
- Hours worked as a Conditional registrant
Documenting and reporting practice hours
All RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs must report practice hours in the CSHBC Registrant Portal on or before the December 31, 2024 deadline.
Non-practising registrants applying to convert back to Full registration status are required to have their employer(s) confirm their practice hours by providing a Record of Employment or a completed Confirmation of Practice Hours form (PDF). Registrants cannot lawfully practice under the Non-practising registration classification – practice hours must be acquired during a period of Full registration within a 3-year cycle.
Registrants are responsible for accurately reporting their practice hours and are required to keep proof of their practice hours for one-year post completion of the three-year cycle. Proof of hours may take a variety of forms including, but not limited to:
- record of employment
- business records
- billing information; or
- a log of practice activities
Registrants may be required to participate in a random audit of their practice hours. Audits may be conducted without notice to ensure the accuracy and truthfulness of their reported practice hours. Where there is a finding of deficient practice hours, CSHBC may take action, including reporting the finding to the Inquiry Committee. Findings of false reporting are subject to disciplinary action.
Practice hours deficiency
Important: Registrants who are unlikely to meet the QAPP Program practice hours requirement are strongly encouraged to contact the College well in advance of the December 31, 2024 reporting deadline.
Registrants with deficient practice hours at the end of a reporting cycle must submit a completed Practice Hours Deficiency Plan form (PDF) no later than February 15, 2025. Any deficiency plans received after this date will be subject to a deficiency plan fee of $200.
Registrants who are unable to meet the practice hours requirement must provide information about why there is a deficiency and how it will be corrected in a deficiency plan. Each plan will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. See the Attaining & Maintaining Practice Competence standard of practice (PDF) for more information about deficiency plans.
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