Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The Society of Professional Accountants of Canada has implemented the policy of Continued Professional Development for its members and will be in effect starting January 01, 2020. The objective is to maintain professional competence and to enhance RPA’s ability to perform job-related requirements.
CPD non-verifiable hours will be given for programs sponsored by the Society, its affiliates, businesses, employers, educational institutions, and other accounting organizations. Credits will also be given for home study courses, speeches, publication of technical articles and by examination.
The Society strongly encourages members to use education sources provided by RPA Learning. RPA Learning’s CPD Packages are carefully prepared to provide the most relevant and current knowledge to RPA members.
CPD reporting periods for all RPAs is Calendar Year (January 01 – December 31). If the required CPD hours are not completed, the RPA becomes delinquent and inactive. His membership may also be suspended.
The first reporting period for new RPAs
The reporting period for a new RPA member will begin on January 01 of the following year after earning RPA designation. No CPD is required between the period of successful completion and end of the first membership year. Any CPD credits earned during this period can be counted as 50% as being earned in the first reporting period.
CPD credits carry forward.
CPD hours cannot be carried forward from one year to the next year. CPD hours are reported and counted for on a calendar year basis.
The Society of Professional Accountants of Canada will recognize and accept CPD related to the following fields of study:
CPD Credits non-verifiable measurement guidelines
|Activity||Credit hours||Acceptable Document|
|College or University courses (10 weeks or longer)||10 hours||Course assignments and exam results|
Short courses other than RPA
1 hour for each 90 minutes session
Course assignments or exam results
|Non-credit courses||1 hour for each 90 minutes session||Certificate of completion|
|Professional and Trade Association meetings||1 hour for each 90 minutes session||Confirmation of participation|
|Seminars||1 hour for each 90 minutes session||Confirmation of participation|
Other Professional designation Examination
|10 hours for successful completion||Proof of Completion|
As approved by the Society
|Participation on a board or Committee||1 hour for 2 hours Meeting||Meeting agenda and letter from the organization confirming your role.|
|Periodicals||As approved by the Society||Proof of completion|
Technical articles or research papers containing accounting and financial management material
|Book Published (Related to the profession)||
|Teaching in college/university||
|Volunteering related to the profession||Maximum 4 Hours Annually||CPD Committee will determine considering the nature of the activity.|
|Self study material that does not involve exam||None||N/A|
|On the job training||None||N/A|
|Any other reading that does not involve exam||None||N/A|
Any RPA member who is over 65 years of age and may be exempt from the CPD requirements.
Exemptions are available for members in special circumstances, such as:
Exemptions are considered by the CPD committee on a case-by-case basis. The request should be sent to the CPD Committee accompanied by appropriate documentation. Being too busy at work, changing jobs or temporary unemployment are not considered special circumstances and will not be entertained.
Please note that the only courses with 100% recognition on CPD HOURS are the ones that are approved by the Society and hosted in WWW.RPALEARNING.CA
Last updated October 21, 2023