Membership & Education

Continuing professional development (CPD)

What are your CPD requirements?

For more information, the Qualification Standard identifies the minimum CPD requirements that members must meet, pursuant to Rule 2 of the CIA Rules of Professional Conduct, in order to perform professional services.

The mandatory CPD professionalism module is now available through the new e-learning platform. All Fellows, Associates, and Affiliates received an email invitation through the e-learning system. For questions or support regarding its use, please contact

Unless you are exempt from the CPD requirements (see the new Qualification Standard – Requirements for CPD (effective January 1, 2020)), you are required to complete this mandatory professionalism module by December 31, 2020 (2019–2020 reporting period). You must complete this module once every two years but those who completed the new module by December 31, 2019, will be allowed to use it to satisfy the requirement for both the 2019–2020 and the 2020–2021 reporting periods.

question and answer webpage is available to help you better understand the changes to the CPD requirements. Additional Q&As regarding general CPD and other related enrolment issues are also included.

This chart clarifies the CPD requirements which apply as of January 1, 2020. 

January 1, 2020
How do I comply?
  • 80 hours of guided and/or self-study CPD over a rolling 2-year period, including 30 hours of guided activities

    • Members may also be deemed to have met these requirements if they

      1. Wrote an actuarial exam/module in the last 2 years (not yet FCIA); or
      2. Are not a Canadian resident, are doing no Canadian work, and comply with the requirements of another actuarial association.


  • Mandatory core CIA professionalism module every 2 years (required for the 2019–2020 filing period for anyone who became a member prior to December 31, 2018)
Am I exempt?
  • All members must now be CPD compliant unless they qualify for one of the following:

    • Retirement (not at work for pay);
    • Family leave*; or
    • Special circumstances.
An application for exemption must now be submitted and approved.
How am I monitored?
  • Annual monitoring and audit of a higher number of members.
What are the consequences of non-compliance?
  • Possible suspension of membership after reminders and opportunity to remedy CPD compliance.
  • Public member directory will include only active members and indicate their status. Suspended members will not appear in the directory.


*At the time of filing a CPD compliance statement, a member who is on, or returning from family leave, may use CPD activities from a period prior to the normal two-year reporting period, that is equivalent to the length of the family leave (normally to a maximum of one year). An exemption would, therefore, not be required.