As of June 2013, the CUA no longer co-develops programs with industry or third party agencies. All educational programs are planned through the CUA Office of Education based on continued needs assessment of its members as well as combined information received from evaluation forms for programs that run throughout the year.
CUA members in good standing can contact the office and request that the Association consider organizing programs to target their specific educational needs. These requests will be considered by the Vice-President Education and the Chair of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee, against educational needs identified by the CUA membership.
STEP 1: Contact the CUA Office of Education (OE) 4 months prior to the anticipated program start date
- A CUA Member in good standing send a letter of intent to request that a CPD program be developed
- Your written request should discuss possible topics and content based on a needs assessment of the target audience (to be included in application)
Send requests to:
TIFFANY PIZIOLI, CEO
Office of Education
STEP 2: The program request is reviewed by the OE and compared to the current planned program schedule
STEP 3: If accepted, the OE develops a budget for the program and solicits sponsorship for the program
STEP 4: The OE invoices the sponsor(s) for the full amount
STEP 5: The OE selects a third party agency to handle content development and logistics (if required)
STEP 6: The OE appoints all faculty members and assigns a CUA representative to the program who is involved in the entire process (the CUA representative, usually a community member, is chosen at random);
STEP 7: Educational content for the program is developed by the CUA-member planning committee. Sponsors are not permitted to participate in program development, planning and/or teleconferences with the CUA planning committee.
STEP 8: The OE will send the program and supporting documents to CUA CPD Committee Member for review and approval.
STEP 9: Submission Review by the CUA-CPD Committee
(Process may take 2 to 4 weeks depending on program type)
- The committee will review the proposal based on identified educational needs, learning objectives and the overall scientific program to ensure that it meets the criteria and to ensure the ethical and educational integrity of the program
- Internal discussions with other members of the CUA-CPD Committee or counselling from the Royal College may be requested.
- Final approval and authority on content, speaker selection and overall program rests with the CUA-CPD Committee.
STEP 10: The OE is accountable for meeting all educational and ethical standards. Once the program is approved, the CUA will submit the accreditation notice to the Royal College.
STEP 11: The CUA pays all honoraria and expenses for the development of the scientific content; the CUA pays all speaker honoraria and expenses during program implementation.
At this time, a speaker training may be scheduled as an opportunity to provide potential speakers a program overview, including speaker responsibilities and the standards for delivering accredited CPD activities. The CUA is required to process all honoraria for trainers and trainees.
The following documentation is required from scientific planning committee and/or speakers and moderators:
- CUA Potential Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form (to be completed by all planning committee members and all speakers/moderators)
- CUA Honorarium Form (to be completed by all planning committee members and all speakers/moderators)
- CUA Speaker Checklist (to be completed by speakers/moderators only)
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for access to these forms (now online).
STEP 12: The CUA issues the certificate of attendance to all participants for all accredited events (or contracts a third party to do so).