If you graduated with your Masters or PhD (in Psychology, or a related field) in 2022 then YES you are eligible for the ECY1 Membership type.
No. Because you are continuing your studies, you are still considered a student and would apply for the Student Affiliate rate.
Yes, you are eligible for the Early Career Year 1 membership, provided your PhD is in Psychology or a related field.
Yes, provided you either:
- Graduated with your Masters or PhD in Psychology or a related field in 2021
- Were a CPA Member under the category ECY1 for the 2022 membership year
Yes. You will be required to provide proof that your Parental Leave is taking place during the 2023 calendar year. See below for Parental Leave document requirements.
If you are taking a year off to apply to graduate school, then you can apply for the Bachelor Gap Year Affiliate category.
If you have completed your studies, you will apply for the Special Affiliate category.
You may not apply for Early Career Year 1 as this category is for students who have graduated with a Masters or a PhD in Psychology.
A Bachelor’s degree does not qualify you for full membership with the CPA, and the Early Career Year 1 and Early Career Year 2 membership types are part of a graduated fee structure that bridges the Student Affiliate to full CPA Member status.
Early Career Year 1 membership is valid for one year. At the end of the membership year (December 31st) your membership type will automatically change to Early Career Year 2.
The same will happen at the end of the next membership year: your Early Career Year 2 membership will automatically change to CPA Member.
Yes, you would still qualify for insurance with BMS if you choose to upgrade your membership to Early Career Year 1 or Early Career Year 2.
If your membership type is Parental Leave, your Psychology Practitioner Liability Insurance policy includes 12 months of Extended Reporting Period (ERP) coverage at no additional charge.
This means that if you are participating in the insurance program and have discontinued practice because of maternity or parental leave, you will remain protected for up to 12 months following the expiry of your policy. Note that you must renew your insurance and have an active policy in place before returning to practice.
See BMS Insurance page - https://www.psychology.bmsgroup.com/faqs.html
Yes, to retain access to BMS insurance, you must upgrade your membership to CPA Member before you return to work. To do so, please contact the CPA Membership Service Center either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 613-237-2144 (Toll Free 1-888-472-0657) ext. 324.
A Parental Leave membership is only valid for one calendar year and cannot bridge 2 years. If your parental leave carries over to the next calendar year, you may choose which year to apply for Parental Leave membership.
If you are upgrading your membership type from Student Affiliate to Early Career Year 1, you are required to submit a document from your university that clearly shows:
- Your full name
- Your program of study
- The year of completion (2020)
If you are looking to register for the Parental Leave you are required to submit a copy of the notice of your parental leave presented to your workplace which outlines the start and end date of your parental leave or the duration of your leave.
There are 2 Scenarios in this case:
You have renewed your membership with CPA for 2023: in this scenario you cannot change your Category to a Section Associate. You can change your category in the following membership year, 2024.
You have not yet renewed your membership with CPA for 2023: in this scenario you can change your category to a Section Associate by contacting the CPA Member Service Center at email@example.com
Yes, you can change your Category from Section Associate to CPA Member or Affiliate by contacting the CPA Member Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org