Mandatory Continuing Education Program (MCEs)

To maintain good standing, all Certified and Registered members must obtain the required MCE credits within their five-year window. Failure to do so will result in the loss of their credential and the requirement to return their certificate to OPC National Office.




All MCE windows expire in their respective years on January 31, the same date as membership dues renewal. Verification checks will be carried out in the 2nd half of each year prior to the MCE cycles expiring in the approaching January 31.


A verification process confirms adherence to the requirements to maintain good standing. The verification process will randomly select a percentage of individuals whose MCE windows will be expiring. Those selected will receive an email from OPC indicating they have been selected for verification and request them to submit their MCE tracker and verification documents within 30 days. OPC staff will review records submitted and verify the MCE credits being claimed. Any questions regarding MCE activity being claimed will be brought for discussion to the Professional Development Committee.


Verifications are conducted in the 2nd half of the year prior to the approaching MCE cycle expiry date of January 31. This will provide professionals with an opportunity to obtain additional MCE credits if necessary.


Each professional selected for verification, must provide;

  • the MCE activity tracker table listing the credits being claimed;
  • proof for each item that includes the subject and number of hours of instruction (i.e. detailed program agenda); as well as
  • confirmation of attendance (i.e. receipt, certificate, letter, etc.).

*Submission of records must be provided within 30 days of notification of selection for verification.

MCE Policy

Certified Members: must complete a minimum of 30 MCEs within the five-year window in order to have the Certificate renewed.   Dual Certifees are required to complete 45 credits for the five year period, with a minimum of 15 MCEs in each discipline. * DUAL CERTIFEES - The MCE windows for your two disciplines have been aligned into one MCE window for both.


Registered Technician Members: must complete a minimum of 20 MCEs within the five-year window in order to have their certificate renewed. Members who are registered in both disciplines will be required to complete 30 MCEs over a five-year period, with a minimum of 10 in each discipline.


Resident & Intern Members:
Residents and Interns are permitted to attend pre-approved courses, conferences, tutorials, and other similar educational opportunities during their Residency or Internship. The maximum allowable hours that can be applied toward the residency or internship as continuing education hours are 40 (20 for a 1725 hours Residency).