The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) declaration portal is now open for you to make your 2018 CPD declaration. The deadline to report is March 1, 2019.
Your CPD report is – along with payment of your membership fees – part of the annual process to apply for continuation of membership. Legislation dictates that you must meet these two obligations in order to have your membership continued each year.
The reporting period for CPD is the calendar year. Your declaration is due each year on March 1st for the prior calendar year. All members are required to make their CPD Declaration annually, regardless of any previously declared exemptions relating to Continuing Professional Development or membership fees.
Your declaration must be made for both your annual and your three-year rolling requirements. Additional information and more details can be found on the CPA Alberta website.
As a reminder, the CPD requirements are:
- Each member must complete a minimum of 20 hours of CPD learning activities annually of which 10 hours must be verifiable; and
- Each member must complete 120 hours over a three-year rolling cycle (current year and prior two years), of which 60 hours must be verifiable.
There are exemptions to the requirements for some Alberta CPAs.
What happens if I make a declaration that is “non-comply”?
In some situations you may find that, despite your best efforts, you were not able to meet the CPD requirements – in these situations, it’s important that you declare “non-comply”. The online CPD declaration tool will prompt you to provide information about why you did not meet the requirements and to provide a plan to address your shortfall.
If you’re uncertain whether or not your learning activities can be credited towards fulfilling your CPD requirements, please contact CPA Alberta for assistance. CPA Alberta staff is ready to work with you, and navigate your unique circumstances and situation.
What if I make a declaration saying that I comply, and I am found not to comply?
Please refer to Rule 103 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, which states “A registrant shall not sign or associate with any letter, report, statement or representation relating to any application to the CPAA which the registrant knows, or should know, is false or misleading.”
It is important to take the time necessary to fully consider your CPD learning activities for the current and prior two reporting years, and make a truthful and accurate declaration. If a false declaration is made, you will be immediately referred to CPA Alberta’s Registration Committee. The Committee may suspend, cancel or place conditions on your membership, or they may choose to refer your situation to the Complaints Inquiry Committee.
If you have any questions regarding the CPD requirements or your declaration, CPA Alberta is here to help. To contact CPA Alberta, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free at 1-800-232-9406.