Membership & Education

What are your CPD Requirements?

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

All Fellows, Associates, and Affiliates are required to complete the mandatory CPD professionalism module available through the e-learning platform once every two years, unless you are exempt from the CPD requirements (see the Qualification Standard – Requirements for CPD (effective January 1, 2020)), or will be filing the CPD statement that you are a new Fellow. Those who completed the new module prior to December 31, 2019, are allowed to use it to satisfy the requirement for both the 2019–2020 and the 2020–2021 reporting periods. You can view the date you completed the module on your My Profile page, once logged in to the CIA website.

For questions or support regarding its use, please contact

question and answer (Q&A) webpage is available to answer any questions you might have on CPD requirements. Additional Q&As regarding general CPD and other related enrolment issues are also included. Make sure to review the Report on the 2019–2020 CIA CPD Audit for key learnings on the CPD filing process.

This chart clarifies the CPD requirements which apply as of January 1, 2021. 

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:

    • Includes 30 hours of guided activities
  • Mandatory core CIA professionalism module every 2 years


  • Members may be deemed compliant if they

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