Quality Assurance Program
Through participation in the QA program, the College:
All members of the College, regardless of their employment status or area of practice and including members practising and/or residing out-of-province, are required to participate in the Quality Assurance Program.
- Assists members to improve their individual competence;
- Identifies members demonstrating a need for improvement in competence and provides support for enhancement;
- Evaluates dietitians' participation in the Quality Assurance Program;
- Identifies the issues affecting the practice of dietetics and quality of service; and
- Evaluates the impact of Quality Assurance Program to ensure that it remains effective.
Members who have signed a voluntary undertaking are exempt from participating in the QA program.
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QA Program Components
The Quality Assurance Regulation stipulates the components of the QA Program, the College's responsibility in implementing the program, and members' responsibility in meeting the requirements of the program.
The QA Program has three mandatory components:
1. Self-Directed Learning Tool
All members are expected to submit their SDL Tool with their renewal information each year. Members use the SDL Tool to:
- Identify areas of strength;
- Identify areas that need improvement;
- Evaluate a learning plan from the previous year to determine whether specific areas of competence have been met; and
- Develop a learning plan to enhance specific areas of competence
2. Jurisprudence Knowledge and Assessment
All members are required to complete the Jurisprudence Knowledge and Assessment Tool (JKAT) once every five years and achieve a score of at least 90%. The purpose of the JKAT is to help RDs acquire knowledge about the laws, standards and guidelines that affect the profession of dietetics in Ontario. The JKAT features:
- Online web-based learning accessible anywhere, anytime
- Live links to references
- Practical learning based on professional practice scenarios
- Multiple-choice questions to assess knowledge application
3. Peer and Practice Assessment
Members are required to participate in the College’s Peer & Practice Assessment (PPA) if randomly selected. The purpose of the PPA is to:
- Provide assurance to the public and other stakeholders that RDs in Ontario practice safely, competently and ethically; and
- Where there is a need to assist RDs in improving their individual competence using processes that are flexible and acceptable to members.