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A learning plan is a helpful tool that provides a roadmap for your professional development. Developing a learning plan is required of every RN and NP as part of CCP each year.

Follow the 7-8 steps below to develop your learning plan. For more specific information, download the CCP Learning Plan Guide that will walk you through these steps in more detail.

If you have any questions, visit the Frequently-Asked Questions or reach out to us at

1. Complete a Self-Reflection

The first step is to complete a self-reflection. Self-reflection is a mandatory component of CCP because it allows you to examine how your personal values and beliefs affect your approach to situations. There are many ways to complete a self-reflection and it is up to you to choose an approach that works best for you. For more information on the self-reflection process, watch our online learning module.

One way to complete a self-reflection is to use the FRAME™ Method and the link to this tool is below.

Self-Reflection Tool: The Frame™ Method (PDF)

2. Complete a Self-Assessment

Next, you must complete a self-assessment, which is a mandatory component of CCP. Completing a self-assessment is important because it will help you to determine how well you are meeting the RN and/or NP Standards of Practice. To complete a self-assessment, use one of the tools below. Please choose the format (either Word or PDF) that works best for you.

Self-Assessment Tool for RNs:

Self-Assessment Tool for NPs:

3. Select a Learning Plan Template

With the knowledge gained from your self-reflection and self-assessment, you are now ready to develop a learning plan. This requires that you select a learning plan template. You can choose to use the template developed by CRNNS or one of your own design.

The learning plan template developed by CRNNS is available in two different formats. Select the format that works best for you:

Format 1: Develop learning plan in a Word Document

Format 2: Develop learning plan using an online form

4. Identify 2 Standards of Practice Indicators

Within the template, the next step is to identify 2 indicators from the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses and/or the Nurse Practitioner Standards of Practice to focus on and include in your plan.

These could be indicators in which you rated yourself as a “1” or “2” during your self-assessment or indicators you would like to develop to meet your professional goals. Both indicators may be from the same standard.

5. Develop SMART Objectives

The next step is to develop a SMART objective for each indicator. A SMART objective is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. The CCP Learning Plan Guide and the online learning module have more information to help you develop SMART objectives.

6. Identify 2 Learning Activities per Objectives

For each objective you have developed for your learning plan, you need to identify at least 2 learning activities that will help you to achieve the objective. The learning activities must occur between July 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019. Remember to document when you anticipate completing the learning activities.

7. Develop an Evaluation Plan

The final step in developing your learning plan is to create an evaluation plan. This will outline how you plan to apply your learning to your nursing practice and the impact you anticipate it will have. Since your learning plan will be implemented after July 1 2018, you will not be able to evaluate its actual impact. Instead, you need to summarize how you plan to evaluate your plan. The CCP Learning Plan Guide has more information on how to develop an effective evaluation plan.

8. Submit your Learning Plan to CRNNS

If you are selected for verification, you must also submit your learning plan to CRNNS by May 24, 2018. Click here for more information and guidance on the verification process.

Next Steps

All nurses renewing their licence as well as new applicants must develop a learning plan based on a self-assessment and self-reflection to meet this CCP requirement and be eligible for an active-practising licence. Don’t forget to confirm on your application for licensure that you have completed a learning plan for the upcoming licensure year. Click here to learn more about what happens if you do not meet the requirements of CCP before the beginning of the next licensure year.