New CPA Alberta Member

Newly designated members - admitted on or prior to December 31, 2021

If you received your designation within the 2021 reporting year, you have an exemption from participating in CPD learning activities until December 31, 2021 (your admission year). You must still submit a declaration by selecting the new member exemption for both the current and three-year rolling requirement.

Please note: the annual new member exemption is only available for members admitted on or prior to December 31, 2021.

You will have the annual (20 hrs) CPD requirement for the next reporting year, and you must meet your three-year rolling (120 hrs) CPD requirement in the third year following your admission year.

e.g. If you received your member designation in 2017 your requirements are:

 Year  Annual (20 hrs)  Three-Year Rolling (120 hrs)
 2017  New member exemption  New member exemption
 2018  Full requirement  New member exemption
 2019  Full requirement  New member exemption
 2020  Full requirement  Full requirement

For further information on the three-year rolling requirement, please click here.

NEW - effective January 1, 2022

If you became a new member on or after January 1, 2022, there will no longer be a new member exemption for the year of admission. As such, you will be required to meet the annual (20 hrs) CPD requirement by December 31, 2022. You must then meet the three-year rolling (120 hrs) CPD requirement in the second year following your admission year.

You are permitted to use learning activities obtained from January 1 of the year you are admitted into membership. For example, if you are admitted into membership March 15, 2022, you are permitted to include any learning activities from January 1, 2022.

e.g. If you received your member designation in 2022 your requirements are:

Year Annual (20 hrs) Three-Year Rolling (120 hrs)
2022 Full requirement New member exemption
2023 Full requirement New member exemption
2024 Full requirement Full requirement

Members designated in another province

As a new member to CPA Alberta, but not a newly designated member, you are not eligible for the new member exemption. Your CPD requirement is based on your original membership date.

The CPD annual requirement of 20 hours, of which 10 must be verifiable, and the three year rolling requirement of 120 hours, of which 60 must be verifiable is consistent across all provincial bodies. Therefore, if you met the requirements for your originating provincial body, you may meet the requirements of CPA Alberta.

e.g. You are a full member with CPA Ontario and an affiliate member with CPA Alberta. You must meet the CPD requirements and make a declaration to both provincial bodies.

RMA/MRA members

If you gained membership to CPA Alberta through one of the Reciprocal Membership Agreements (RMA) or Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA), you may not qualify for the new member exemption. Your CPD requirement is based on your original membership date with the RMA/MRA body. All RMA/MRA organizations as well as CPA Alberta follow the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) criteria of CPD. Therefore, any CPD you took to meet your originating body requirements may meet the requirements of CPA Alberta. 

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