Registrants Review May 2016
Conferences – the Where and the What
Questions have been coming in regarding what conferences registrants are “allowed” to attend and if it matters where they attend and what content is acceptable.
Q - Does it matter where I attend a conference? For ex. I would like to go to the SACLXT conference that is held in Saskatchewan by the Saskatchewan Association of CLXT’s.
A - It does not matter where you attend conference, as long as the content is applicable to the ACCLXT profile; you must be able to link the content to a Band, Cluster and Element of the profile, and your reflection must show that link.
Q - Does it matter who presents the conference?
A – No, there are many conferences held in Alberta and throughout Canada which have applicable content for CLXT’s.
Q - Does the conference have to have technical content applicable to CLXT’s?
A – No, the content does not have to be technical, it can be soft skill, professional skill, leadership skill, etc.; as long as it can be linked back to the profile.
Q - How do I know how many credits will be allotted?
A - The credit guide is laid out to show how many credits you will receive based on the time spent at the conference.
A few items to remember in regards to conferences and workshops….
If you are attending a conference that is soft skill content, personal development/improvement or perhaps for a different profession but does have relevance to your profession – you will only get credit for what is relevant to your CLXT profession.
Ex. Choices Conference – this is a personal development/improvement conference. Much of the content is applicable to your professional life however not all of it can be linked back to the profile. Be careful when choosing these types of activities, remember you will have to provide the conference content as proof and the Director of Education and Competency / Registration Competence Committee has the final say on approval of those credits.
If you are not sure if the content is relevant to you - review the Competency Profile to see where it fits. If you cannot find a link then it is most likely not relevant. The Director of Education will NOT go through the profile for you to tell where it fits or if it is relevant. If you find the link you want to use, build a case for it; show how it links and why you feel it is relevant and important.
You as a registrant are responsible for the activities you choose and the link back to the profile. Remember you should be choosing the area of the profile you would like to enhance and then choosing the activity that goes with it…. NOT the other way around.
Competency Corner May 2016
The ACCLXT conference is complete for another year. There were a few changes this year to the format therefore I would like to clarify the credits for the conference and AGM. As these events were separate, there will be 1 credit for the AGM and 3 credits for the conference. You will see that there are activities listed for both of these items within the learning plan in the database.
The Random Competency Audit for 2015 brought about a lot of conversation regarding the audit process. As this was the first year to audit the 9 credit system we learned many things, the biggest and most important item being that the audit is too far removed from the learning year it is reviewing. The second being that the documents that were released for the new 9 credit system had not been understood and/or read.
The Registration and Competency Committee reviewed the credit guide and made changes and clarifications for the 2016 learning year – this was released in December of 2015. One of the main items of clarification was Mandatory annual workplace requirements – this seemed to be very confusing, so clarification there was key. The other change was to move the Random Audit closer to the time of completion of activities. This year we will be starting the audit process in June, the audit process will be the same as previous years aside from the date change. Audit selection will go out June 1 with all audits into the College by August 1st. If you have been selected for Audit you will receive an email and a phone call stating that you have been selected and giving you instructions for completion.
From the President's Pen May 2016
On April 1, 2006 the ACCLXT was proclaimed under the Health Professions Act and we moved from being an Association to being a Regulatory College. That same year, in February, I graduated from the NAIT CLXT program and began my career as a CLXT. I have seen numerous changes in my ten years to both my job and to the College. I know that things will continue to change and evolve as the years fly by, that is a part of life when working in a field where technology is constantly changing and improving.
In my first years as a new technologist I learned something new every day that I worked; this is the same for the College. The ACCLXT quickly learnt just what the privilege of self-regulation entailed and realized that these mandates could not be carried out with a Council of volunteers alone. That is when Council decided to take the next step to hire an Executive Director/Registrar to take the burden of the day to day operations and allow Council to focus its efforts on forward thinking and enhancing the CLXT profession. We moved away from having our meetings in the basement at NAIT and rented our first office suite and that was just the beginning.
Now, ten years after we were proclaimed, we have moved offices again and we have hired another staff member, an Administrative Coordinator. We are learning as we grow and I personally think that the ACCLXT is an amazing group and I am very proud to be the President as well as a practising CLXT.
Director's Digest May 2016
College vs. Association- What is the difference?
Let us do a bit of a history lesson. The ACCLXT was proclaimed under the HPA 10 years ago. What was the ACCLXT BEFORE it was the ACCLXT? In 1969 - Alberta Society of Certified Combined Technicians, 1987- Alberta Association of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technicians, 2006- Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technologists (current).
The current day College was not the original governance model for the CLX profession. In fact in 1969, it was created as a member association. It was driven by the members, and the Council of the day was tasked with all of the operational requirements of a non-profit society.
The model was held in its truest form until 2006 when the HPA proclamation took place. From that date, a change started to occur. A new culture and mindset began to develop. From 2006 to 2011, the ACCLXT Council undertook initiatives to see what direction this body needed to take. One of the largest was a consultation process that included feedback from all of the members at the time, to see what they wanted the College to look like. Armed with the data from the consultation and seeing the breadth and volume of work required to run a regulatory College, they choose to move away from operating and into a governing role. With this decision, permanent staff was needed, and the first EDR was hired for the ACCLXT.
For the past 5 years, we have continued the cultivation of a regulatory mindset and culture. How is that different from an association mindset, you might ask? We can talk about fees, competency, conduct, etc., but It can be all broken down to one word: MANDATE. A College gets its mandate from the regulations under which it was created, and the mandate of a regulatory College is to protect and serve in the public interest. An association is brought together by a group of people with a common interest. That same association is then driven by the members, and the members provide the mandate to the organization. The key difference is that the mandate is no longer provided by the members in a regulatory body, as it would be in an association.
It has been said that a change of mind and culture can take a generation, which is 25 years. The ACCLXT has only been a College for 10 years. Our AGM this year was proof that the shift is occurring. Some great discussion and debate occurred, and with that, some major bylaw revisions were passed. This change in the bylaws allows the College to better align with its regulatory mandate and move away from association functions.
We still have a ways to go in educating the Registrants about the role of the College. In fact, it may take us the full 25 years! But if you can recognize the difference between the mandate of the College versus association, you are one big step down the path of a regulatory mindset.
General Election Information
Any active practicing member is eligible to take part in the 2016 ACCLXT Council election. On this page you will find a list of FAQ’s that talk about the online voting process and will also find profiles of the 4 candidates nominated for this years’ election.
The ballot will be sent via email to all active practicing registrants on Friday March 11th. The voting will close on Thursday March 17th at 3 pm. The email address that the ballot will be sent to is the email address you have listed in your Registrants’ Database profile.