Canadian enrolment information

Enrolment with the Institute

A person may apply for enrolment in the Institute as an Associate (ACIA), a Fellow (FCIA), an Affiliate, or a Correspondent.
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Subject to the payment of dues, the enrolment requirements for each category are described below. These requirements have been established in accordance with the Bylaws of the Institute. The requirements described below are those in effect as of the date of publication of this information. However, with the Board’s approval, the Institute reserves the right to modify these requirements at any time and without notice. Such modifications may be made with respect to individual applicants or all applicants. For more information, see the following:

Eligibility requirements changes

Five-year expiry on professionalism education credit for membership

Candidates must complete the membership eligibility requirements and be confirmed as ACIA within five years of completing the CIA professionalism requirement. This also applies for former members who have let their membership lapse and who wish to be reinstated, either as an ACIA or FCIA. Current members of the CIA who maintain their membership in good standing will not lose their professionalism education credit.

Non-members who obtained their professionalism credit on or before December 31, 2014, must become ACIAs by January 1, 2020. To meet this deadline, candidates must submit a completed ACIA application by October 15, 2019. If approved, ACIA membership will be effective November 30, 2019.

Professionalism credit obtained after January 1, 2015, is valid for a period of five years from the date of successful completion; therefore, the first expiries will occur early in 2020.

Update on changes to the CIA qualification requirements for property and casualty candidates

A property and casualty track was added in 2019 for P&C candidates, as credit for the Practice Education Course (PEC) and the CIA Professionalism Workshop (PW) will be required in 2019 to meet CIA requirements.

Transition rules and recognition by the Casualty Actuarial Society

Starting in 2019, the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) will accept successful completion of the CIA's PW and the PEC as meeting the requirements for the CAS Course on Professionalism (COP).

The December 2018 CAS COP in Montréal is the last offering of the Canadian version of  the COP that the CIA will recognize and is the last offered by the CAS.

The Education and Qualification Council (EQC) approved the following recognition and transition rules applicable to P&C candidates:

  1. The CAS COP completed in Canada by December 31, 2018 will provide credit for the CIA PW and the CIA PEC until December 31, 2023 (a five-year recognition period for both PEC and PW). To obtain credit, you must submit your FCIA application no later than October 15, 2023. Once approved by the EQC, you will have an FCIA effective December 1, 2023; and
  2. The CAS COP completed in the US by December 31, 2019, and the CIA PW completed by December 31, 2019 will provide credit for the CIA PEC until December 31, 2024 (a five-year recognition period for PEC only). To obtain credit, you must submit your FCIA application no later than October 15, 2024. Once approved by the EQC, you will have an FCIA effective December 1, 2024. No recognition for the US CAS COP will be granted for courses completed after January 1, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

CAS conversion credit for Exam C/4 toward Exam MAS II

For candidates in the CAS education system, conversion credit for Exam C/4 toward MAS II obtained through UAP credit must be earned by December 31, 2018.

Society of Actuaries Predictive Analytics requirement for membership with the CIA

Candidates in the Society of Actuaries (SOA) education system who are not ACIAs by March 1, 2019, must complete the SOA Predictive Analytics (PA) requirement. Candidates who are ACIAs by March 1, 2019, including credit for the Statistics for Risk Modelling exam are exempt from completing Exam PA, provided they also complete all Fellowship-level educational activities including the CIA PEC, by July 30, 2023.

ACIA application date extension to March 1, 2019: Please advise candidates in your workplace

The (EQC) has extended the membership application date from January 15 to March 1, 2019, solely for ACIA applications.

This mainly affects candidates in the SOA education system who are required to meet the Exam PA requirement, which forms part of the CIA qualification requirements.

Credit for Exam PA is not required for ACIA candidates provided their complete, compliant, and fully paid ACIA membership application is received by the CIA Head Office by March 1, 2019. All other ACIA requirements must be met and completed at the time the official ACIA application form is received.

Your application must include official supporting documentation as evidence of the achieved credit for all requirements and payment in full must be received by March 1. Incomplete applications, applications with pending results, missing documentation, or missing payment will not be considered after that date. Candidates applying for ACIA after March 1, 2019, MUST demonstrate successful credit for Exam PA.

The EQC has granted this extension as an exceptional and unique measure to accommodate ACIA candidates who may have mistaken the March 1, 2019, deadline as the membership application deadline. The extension does not alleviate the Exam PA requirement relative to the date of credit for Fellow-level education components, which must be achieved by July 30, 2023. Note that the July 30, 2023, deadline does not include completion of the experience requirement or actual approval of FCIA.

The membership effective date for all ACIA applications meeting the eligibility requirements and approved by the EQC shall be February 28, 2019.

There will be no further extensions or consideration of exceptions or appeals related to this matter. Please advise candidates in your workplace accordingly.

If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

Professional experience requirement for qualification as an FCIA

Effective June 1, 2013, to become a Fellow of the Institute, all candidates are required to have been enrolled with the Institute as an Associate or Affilate while acquiring the requisite 12 months of Canadian experience. The total professional experience requirement for Fellowship remains at 36 months.