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 complete 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, making it valid, in this instance, for more than the standard two-calendar-year period.

A 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.

Please note that the application form for a CPD exemption will be available after January 1, 2020.

This chart clarifies what CPD requirements apply for 2019 versus 2020.

January 1, 2019 January 1, 2020
How do I comply?
  • 100 hours of CPD over a rolling 2-year period which includes:

    • 24 hours of structured activities (12 technical hours); and
    • 4 hours of professionalism activities.
  • 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 (only required beginning in 2021)
Am I exempt?
  • Members determine whether CPD is required in their situation. Potential exemption claim under several categories.
  • 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 1% of filings.
  • Annual monitoring and audit of a higher number of members.
What are the consequences of non-compliance?
  • No consequence for non-compliance or non-filing, other than a red dot in the public member directory.
  • 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.