Verifiable vs. Unverifiable CPD

Verifiable CPD

Verifiable CPD refers to learning activities that result in evidence the activity was taken and can be verified objectively.

Verifiable documentation should:

  • Describe the learning activity;
  • Identify the provider of the activity, where applicable;
  • Connect the member to the activity;
  • Identify when the activity took place; and
  • Provide a basis for concluding that the number of reported hours is reasonable.

Examples of verification may include, but are not limited to: attendance records (where you have signed in), presentations, publications, reports, tests or exams.

Examples of verifiable CPD:

  • CPA Alberta courses;
  • CPA Canada webinars;
  • Participating in, or acting as a lecturer, instructor or preparer for learning activities, symposiums, conferences, seminars, workshops, presentations, technical committees or discussion groups (only initial offering hours or instances where significant subject area changes have occurred can be recognized);
  • Research projects in areas that expand your professional knowledge and result in presentations, reports or similar documents;
  • Organized employer-based in-house training sessions;
  • Formal study, including computer based or e-learning of courses leading to a designation, degree, certificate, or diploma, and e-learning from CPA Canada; and
  • Writing and publishing of professional, technical or academic articles, papers or books.

Unverifiable CPD

Unverifiable CPD are those learning activities which do not result in a product or for which no evidence of the learning exists.

Examples of unverifiable CPD:

  • On-the-job learning related to a major change in job responsibilities, major involvement in special projects, and/or significant learning of new software, systems, procedures or techniques for application in a professional role;
  • Volunteer or pro-bono work may only qualify as verifiable or unverifiable CPD to the extent it meets the definition of a CPD learning activity (e.g. Member learns significant intellectual content etc.);
  • Learning activities gained through volunteer and community leadership contributing to professional competencies;
  • Technical reading, self-study of published materials, self-study courses; and
  • Casual reading of professional journals or magazines.

All CPD records must be retained for 5 years.

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