• General Requirements
    • What am I required to complete each year?

    Any mandatory training or requirement prescribed under the Professional Governance Act (PGA) or by ASTTBC; a minimum of 12 hours of eligible Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities; and recording of the completed CPD activities within ASTTBC’s online system by November 30.


    • What is the current mandatory training requirement prescribed under the PGA or by ASTTBC? 

    Each year, registrants must complete a minimum of 2-hours of Indigenous awareness and reconciliation training or activity. CPD hours completed against this requirement will count towards a registrant’s annual 12 hour minimum of eligible CPD activities.


    • What’s the deadline to acquire my CPD hours?

    November 30. CPD hours are calculated annually from December 1 to November 30. The current CPD cycle ends on November 30, and practicing registrants have until then to accumulate the required hours and record it within our online system.


    • Who is required to complete CPD?

    A practising registrant only!


    • Who does not need to complete CPD?

    If you are a non-practising registrant then you are not required to complete the CPD requirements. This includes: trainees, students, honorary Registrants, retired Registrants, non-practicing Registrants, inspectors in training, associate registrants, provisional registrants, graduate technicians, and graduate technologists. Likewise, if you are a new practicing registrant (you registered part way through the CPD year) then you do not have to complete the CPD requirement until you begin your first full year with ASTTBC


    •  I just got my designation with ASTTBC. Will my CPD requirements be pro-rated?

    No. In fact, you are not required to complete any CPD until you begin your first full year with ASTTBC.   For example, if you received your new ASTTBC designation on March 1, 2024, then you will not be required to complete CPD for the rest of that cycle (up until November 30, 2024). Instead, when you received your renewal notice for the year 2025, you will be required to start accumulating CPD from that point forward (December 1, 2024, onward)

  • Navigating the New ASTTBC Portal
    •   How do I access the new ASTTBC portal? 

    To access the new portal, please visit the ASTTBC website at: Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (asttbc.org). At the top of the page is a login button, chose Registrant login from the scroll down menu.  To log in, please use your email address for your username and your chosen password.  If you have forgotten your password, you can always reset it with the ‘forget my password’ link.


    • How do I record my CPD in the new portal?

    Please view this instructional video: asttbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Meeting-now-20230508_154038-Meeting-Recording.mp4   


    • How do I amend/delete a CPD experience in the new portal? 

    Once a new experience has been added into the system, it cannot be deleted. If you create a new experience entry in error, simply adjust the CPD hours to ‘0’ so that the record is not included in your final CPD numbers.


    • I uploaded a course under the Self-Directed Learning category. Why did the additional CPD hours not show up on my Dashboard?

    As per ASTTBC Bylaws, under the Informal and Self-Directed Learning Category, and the Volunteer Category, registrants are only permitted to claim a maximum of 8 hours per cycle.  If you have already recorded 8 hours for the year, the dashboard will not show the additional hours added.  The Dashboard will only show eligible CPD hours for the year.  Any additional hours over and beyond 8 hours will automatically be carried over to the next CPD cycle, up to a maximum of 6 hours.


    •    How do I access my 2022 CPD cycle records?

    Log into your iMIS account (the new portal). Click the Resources tab. This will lead you to the old Registrant Portal, where you can find group benefits, tutorials, communication, past CPD records, and other resources.

  • CPD Carry Over
    • Can I carry over my excess CPD hours that I earned from this year to the next?

    Yes. If you complete CPD hours in excess of your annual requirement, then you are able to carry over a maximum of 6 CPD hours.


    • How do I indicate which hours I want to carry over for next year?

    We will automatically review your CPD records once the CPD year closes on November 30. At that point, any excess CPD hours (up to a maximum of 6 hours) will be automatically carried over and applied to your subsequent CPD year.


    •  Can I carry over CPD hours from my 2022 CPD record?

    The only activity where CPD carryover is allowed from your 2022 activities is with respect to Indigenous awareness and reconciliation. You can carryover up to 6 CPD hours from your 2022 record for only that activity. All other activities from your 2022 CPD record are ineligible for carryover to subsequent years.


    •  How did you determine which CPD hours to carry over?

    When we reviewed your CPD records, we prioritize transferring the hours that gives you the most flexibility and applicability to your future CPD requirements. In particular, we select carry over hours across the CPD categories in the following priority:

    • Indigenous awareness and reconciliation,
    • Structured learning (includes, courses, presenting, and teaching)
    • Self-Directed learning (includes technical training, conducting research, and technical content creation), and then
    • Profession-based volunteering.

     

  • Eligible Activities
    • What activities are ineligible for CPD credit?

    Activities that are ineligible for CPD credit hours include:

    •  Activities that are completed as a key part of a Registrant’s full-time employment or practice.
    • CPD activities that are repeated within the same CPD cycle.
    • Activities that are not related to a Registrant’s practice or do not contribute to the betterment of their ability to carry out their practice.
    • Activities that are undocumented or unverifiable when completed.
    • Courses that are partially complete.
    • Activities that are completed outside the December 1 to November 30 timeframe of the CPD year.

    •     What is the difference between taking courses (under the structured learning category) vs. technical training (under the self-directed learning category)?

    Taking a course (under the structured learning category) will:

    • Follow a syllabus with measurable learning outcomes.
      Require an examination or quiz to successfully complete the course (test competency).
    • Allow an individual to fail the course if they cannot prove competency.
    • Issue a formal record of completion (including date completed, the individual’s name, course title with description).

    On the other hand, workplace technical training:

    • May or may not follow a prescribed syllabus or measurable learning outcomes. Does not test an individual for competency or retention.
    • Provides credit for participating (No consequence or recourse if you fail to actively participate or fail an assignment).
      May not issue a formal record of completion.

    • I am studying for an examination in my discipline. Can I count any of this towards my CPD?

    If the studies involve course work that will contribute to your professional development, then you can count that portion. However, the act of studying for, or taking, an examination itself is not considered an eligible activity towards your CPD.


    • I completed a course last year; can I count it towards my CPD requirements?

    No. Unless you have been granted an extension or accommodation, if you completed the activity outside of the December 1 to November 30 CPD timeline then it will not count towards that year’s requirements.


    • Will a course taken via online learning platforms count?

    Yes. If the course is taken via an online educational platform such as Coursera, edX, skillshare, Udemy, etc., then it would count. Likewise, if the course is being provided by a formal educational institute online, then it will also count.  Refer to the question regarding difference between taking a course and taking technical training for further guidance on whether it counts as a course.


    • My organization requires I complete mandatory training during the year as well. Can I count that towards my CPD requirements?

    As long as it relates to your discipline, and/or contributes to your professional development, then yes, you can count the training under the appropriate eligible activity. Remember, if it falls within an ineligible activity then it will not count.


    • Will I only be able to claim CPD points for volunteer activities with ASTTBC?

    You can claim volunteer hours for activities that were not completed with ASTTBC if you can clearly show that the volunteer work was in relation to your discipline or area of practice and/or supports your industry.  Remember, all volunteer activities must be documented, and you must be able to provide verifiable information (such as date, times, description of the volunteer work, contact information of the recipient, etc.) to support your CPD claim.


    •  Does providing mentorship or supervision to another registrant count as volunteer work?

    No. Currently, mentorship is not a recognized eligible activity under the CPD program. Furthermore, supervision of another registrant is also an ineligible activity as it is normally performed as a function of a person’s normal work duties.


    •  Can I volunteer my services to a community group to earn volunteer hours towards CPD?

    No. Volunteering your work or services is simply pro bono work. Any volunteering must be in support of your profession or area of practice. This can include volunteering on discipline specific boards, committees, or associations.


    • What is meant by volunteering as a member of a statutory committee?

    ASTTBC has five statutory committees namely, Nominations Committee, Credentials Committee, Audit and Practice Review Committee, Investigation Committee, and Discipline Committee. Practising registrants may be appointed as a committee member based on their demonstrated merit and experience and can thereby claim CPD points for their volunteer work with the organization.


    • There is a limit of 8 CPD hours for the Self-Directed Learning and Volunteering categories, can I claim more during this CPD cycle?

    We encourage you to log as many CPD hours as you have earned through the year. For example, if you have completed 15 hours of technical training during the year then enter all the hours.  Be aware though, that for these two categories (and the activities that fall under these categories) there is a maximum of 8 CPD hours that we will apply to your annual total. So, if you enter in that you have completed 15 CPD hours’ worth of technical training activity under the Self-Directed Learning category, then we will only apply the maximum of 8 CPD towards your 12 CPD hour requirement for the year.

  • Audit and Enforcement
    •  What kind of records do I need to keep for my CPD claims?

    Registrants must be prepared to provide any additional information on CPD claimed for that year. For example, registrants should keep records of completion, content, dates, and information on the institution or training provider where the CPD was acquired.


    • What are my chances that I will be audited for my CPD claims?

    Each registrant has an equal chance that they will be selected to complete a CPD verification audit. Each year, registrants are randomly selected through a computer-generated selection process to undergo either a standard CPD audit or a more detailed CPD audit. Registrants who are selected are notified of the audit and the need to submit any documentation to verify their CPD claims.


    • What are the consequences for practising registrants who do not complete the required CPD by the deadline?

    Practising registrants who do not complete their CPD within the required timeframe may be subject to warnings, monetary fines of up to $500, registration renewal suspensions, and/or having their registration cancelled.

  • Mandatory CPD Requirement – Indigenous Awareness & Reconciliation
    • Why is ASTTBC mandating that we take Indigenous Awareness training?

    Indigenous awareness and reconciliation is one of the key commitments made by the Provincial Government. As ASTTBC is a regulatory agency serving within the public interest, we also stand by this commitment to Indigenous awareness and reconciliation.                         In fact, not only are all professionals regulated under the Professional Governance Act required to complete Indigenous awareness and reconciliation training, but now every student within BC is required to complete similar educational training prior to graduation.


    • I took an Indigenous Awareness course last year. Do I have to do it again this year?

    The Indigenous awareness requirement is currently an annual requirement. You must complete it each year.  Unless you completed excess amount of CPD hours on the topic of Indigenous awareness in previous year and are carrying forward those CPD hours for application in the subsequent two years, then yes, you must complete another Indigenous awareness and reconciliation training or activity.


    • How much of my annual CDP hours need to be based in Indigenous Awareness training?

    Under the ASTTBC Bylaws, practising registrants are required to complete a minimum of two (2) hours per CPD cycle (i.e., 2 hours out of the 12 required CPD hours).


    • Can practising registrants carry forward Indigenous training hours from one year to the next?

    Yes. Under the carryover provision, you can carryover a maximum of 6 hours for application to the next two CPD years.  For example, if a practising registrant completes a six-hour training course on Indigenous Awareness then they can claim two hours of training for the current year, two hours for the next year, and then apply the last two hours for the year after that.


    • I have an Indigenous background. Am I required to complete the Indigenous Awareness requirement?

    Yes – every registrant is required to complete the Indigenous Awareness requirement each year.

    If you participate in activities that fulfills one of the three learning outcomes (prescribed in Schedule E of the Bylaws) for Indigenous Awareness training and reconciliation, then you can count that activity towards the requirement.


    • Can I repeat the Indigenous Awareness training course that I did last year and gain credit again for this CPD year?

    Yes, you can but we encourage registrants to further their training and awareness by either completing different training or better yet, completing an activity.


    • I understand that Indigenous Awareness is important but what about other topics on equity, inclusion, and diversity?

    We foresee that the mandatory CPD requirement will change over time. At this time, Indigenous awareness and reconciliation is the key focus of professional development and educational programs across BC. By creating awareness of this important topic, we can affect behaviors’ over time and further open the CPD program to explore other topics as well.