Obtaining UAP Credits

The CIA will grant credits to candidates for the specified Society of Actuaries (SOA)/Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) exams towards Associate (ACIA) or Fellow (FCIA) membership with the CIA. Candidates will, upon completion of the required courses at the grade established by the CIA, and upon obtaining official university course transcripts, apply to the CIA by the deadlines as determined by the CIA from time to time with the following:

  • The application form;
  • PDF versions of original grade transcripts for completed courses. Please note, when uploading your transcripts, you must upload a scanned PDF or image file of your official university transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. If you do not have a copy of your official transcripts, request one from your university registrar office. Please disregard any message on the envelope that indicates that the transcripts will be void if opened by the student. For the purposes of your UAP application, you can open the transcripts yourself.; and
  • The application fee ($100 Canadian dollars for each credit requested, current as of February 1, 2020).
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Education and Qualification Council has approved the following temporary measures:
  • That alternative evaluation methods be allowed on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19 for the winter 2020 term (and possibly summer 2020 as the situation continues to be monitored) such as take-home exams or other activities that would allow the grade to be at least 80% based on independent work. 
  • That universities be entrusted to actively remind candidates that they are required to comply with the Code of Conduct and Ethics for Candidates in the CIA Education System upon application of CIA UAP credit.
  • That no UAP credit applications using courses completed in winter 2020 be processed until full completion of the EE process and review by the Eligibility and Qualification Council (EQC) in fall 2020. 
In addition to the specific university’s internal policies on conduct, including academic misconduct, candidates pursuing credits for writing professional examinations shall also be subject to the Code of Conduct and Ethics for Candidates in the CIA Education System and the associated Policy on Conduct and Ethics for Candidates in the CIA Education System.

Candidates with SOA transcripts will not show UAP credits. However, the Memorandum of Understanding on Education specifies that the SOA will accept UAP credits for the limited purpose of allowing candidates to gain credit for, or register for and take other courses, exams, and modules (such as Validation by Education Experience credit, or registration for the Decision Making and Communication Module (DMAC), which are required components of the CIA’s qualification requirements, even if registration for such courses would otherwise be conditional on completing certain exams or attaining Associate membership in the SOA. We have recently been made aware that the SOA may apply a limited interpretation of this clause which we are discussing. Until the issue is resolved, candidates should be aware that the UAP credits for exams P and SRM may not be accepted by the SOA for the purposes stated above.

Note that the SOA Fellowship Admissions Course (FAC) is no longer a requirement for FCIA.

The UAP enables the CIA to grant credits for up to six preliminary professional examinations. Working closely and rigorously with 11 accredited universities across the country, the CIA upholds the highest standards in education.