Do volunteer hours count towards my CPD?

Volunteer or pro-bono work may only qualify as verifiable or unverifiable CPD if the activity is a learning opportunity and is professionally relevant. The member must assess the hours spent and determine if there were learning activities during the volunteering. CPA Alberta does not pre-determine how much CPD is gained at an activity, nor does the organization pre-determine what qualifies as CPD for each individual CPA.

When considering volunteer or pro-bono work as a verifiable or unverifiable CPD learning activity, it is important to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did you learn something while doing this activity?
  • Does the learning activity contain significant intellectual or practical content?
  • Is the learning activity directly related to the competencies needed to continue your employment or practice?
  • Is the learning activity relevant to your current professional needs and/or long-term career interests?
  • Is the learning activity quantifiable (expressed in terms of a specific time range)?

If the answer is yes, it may meet the learning activity criteria.

Please keep in mind that a verifiable learning activity is defined as a measurable learning activity that can be verified objectively. If the volunteer activity cannot be objectively verified, it may be used as unverifiable hours, provided that it meets the other criteria as outlined above. More information regarding verifiable vs. unverifiable hours can be found here.

If the activity does not meet all the criteria listed above, it cannot be used for either verifiable or unverifiable activities.

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