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Actuarial education in Canada

Canada has very strong university-level actuarial programs. Canadian universities have a global reputation for excellence in the quality and rigour of their programs, and they are well-positioned to introduce leading-edge techniques and progressive research to advance the profession. The CIA believes that Canadian universities are the right place to teach and assess the foundational actuarial topics to equip candidates with the skills they need to be successful in their future ACIA and FCIA exams.

University Accreditation Program

How the University Accreditation Program (UAP) works

Mandatory courses
Universities offer mandatory courses as part of their accredited degree program to meet CIA syllabus requirements.

University exams
Course exams establish that candidates have attained core technical knowledge to attain the accredited degree.

ACIA modules and Capstone Exam
The CIA-administered modules and exam verify that candidates have the requisite knowledge to become an ACIA.

Accreditation reviews
Universities are monitored and reviewed annually, with comprehensive reviews conducted every three years.

The role of accredited universities in the new qualification pathways

The University Accreditation Program (UAP) is designed to enhance education and reduce duplication of effort for candidates. Accredited universities offer, as part of their degree programs, a set of mandatory courses that meet syllabus requirements established by the CIA. Universities use education best practices to deliver the fundamentals of actuarial science and students are tested through university exams. The CIA requires no minimum course grades because we trust accredited universities to ensure that students possess a strong technical foundation that we will verify through the CIA-administered ACIA modules and ACIA Capstone Exam.

Accredited universities 

After an extensive assessment process, the following universities from across Canada have been accredited to take part in the CIA’s University Accreditation Program. Full details of each university’s actuarial science program are available below.

Review non-accredited Canadian universities offering actuarial studies here.

Want to become an accredited university?

Accredited universities and courses offered are rigorously and continuously evaluated by the CIA. If your institution is interested in pursuing CIA accreditation, check out the policy governing the program and contact us to learn more or apply.

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The Accreditation Actuary’s role in governance 

Each accredited university must appoint an Accreditation Actuary to be the point of contact with the CIA. They are responsible for maintaining good communications with the CIA, coordinating the terms of the accreditation agreement between the university and the CIA, and collaborating on curriculum development. 

The Accreditation Actuary (ACA) is a full-time faculty member employed by an accredited university who is a member of the CIA.

Have questions?

A valuable extra-curricular activity for students in actuarial science is to get involved with the Actuarial Students’ National Association (ASNA). As a national leader and organizer of student associations in actuarial science, joining an ASNA committee or attending the annual convention would be greatly beneficial to an actuarial science student.