Self-learning refers to activities accessed and completed by the individual physician. No formal accreditation or certification of the activity is required for this credit type.
Each of the two national medical colleges, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), has a framework of all the CPD credits available to Canadian physicians. In these frameworks, the terms accredited and certified refer to program credits which are obtained by working with or applying to a CACME-accredited CPD provider, such as UBC CPD. If the criteria are met, the learning activity can advertise CPD credits and provide participants with a certificate bearing the official Royal College accreditation and/or CFPC certification statement.
In contrast, self-learning has with no involvement from CPD providers (no program, no certificate, no registration, no advertising).
Most CPD credits are self-learning credits which specialists and family physicians can self-claim directly by logging into their Royal College or CFPC membership portal, respectively.