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Advanced Professionalism and Leadership Course

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The Advanced Professionalism and Leadership Course (APLC) is one of the final requirements to becoming a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA). To learn more about the FCIA requirements and relevant transition rules, please visit the page Becoming a Fellow.

Unlock your potential as a leader with this engaging two-day, in-person course. Providing you with valuable tools as you expand your professional responsibilities, this unique learning experience explores the nuances of professionalism and leadership while offering you a prime opportunity to build meaningful connections with your peers.  

Participants can expect practical sessions that are engaging and interactive in the areas of professionalism, leadership and communications. You will discuss key issues facing the profession and practice-specific hot topics, learn about emerging areas of practice and be challenged to apply the CIA’s Rules of Professional Conduct to real ethical and professional situations you may face. 

Eligibility requirements:

This course has been developed as one of the final steps before applying for your FCIA designation. For the transition period, the following eligibility requirements will apply to all attendees:

Pathway 1 or 2 candidates must have attended the CIA Professionalism Workshop.

Pathway 3 candidates must be on track to hold a recognized fellow level designation (FSA, FCAS, FIA, FASSA, FIAA, FSAI).

All candidates, regardless of which pathway they’re following, must have a minimum of 24 months actuarial experience in a chosen area of practice, attested to at registration.  

Supporting documentation (transcripts and/or proof of a recognized fellow designation) must be uploaded at time of registration.

Passing requirements:

  • Complete all pre-learning and pre-reading before the start of the course.
  • Attend all sessions – attendance will be taken.
  • Do not miss more than 10 minutes of course time.
  • Complete all assigned work in accordance with instructions.
  • Complete the final APLC attestation of completion, which will be assigned in the e-learning platform at the end of the course.

Course outcomes:

  • Discover what it means to be a successful leader today and how to do hard things in a human way.
  • Become more connected and effective as an actuary and emerging leader.
  • Gain practical insights into key issues facing the profession.
  • Gain a deep understanding of professionalism rules and how to handle ethical situations and avoid disciplinary action.
  • Enhance your communications and networking skills.
  • Acquire tools and strategies to create an environment where you and others will flourish.

Tentative schedule (subject to change):

Day 1

Time (ET)
Opening remarks
General session – Leadership
General session – Professionalism
Practice-specific sessions
General session – Leadership
Networking reception

Day 2

Time (ET)
General session – Leadership
General session – Professionalism
Practice-specific sessions
Lunch and closing session – Communications
Closing remarks


The APLC is not a requirement for CAS COP recognition. For more information on these requirements, please visit the Professionalism Workshop page.

If you attended the Practice Education Course prior to December 31, 2023, you are exempt from taking the APLC.

Upcoming offerings:

  • May 27-28, 2024: Delta Hotel, Ottawa. Registration now open.
  • December 3-4, 2024: Delta Hotel, Ottawa. Registration will open at the end of June 2024.

Registration fee: $1,950.00