FAQ – CPA’s Online CPD Courses

1) What are the advantages of taking a course online? Any disadvantages?

There are many advantages! For example:

  • No travel costs
  • The ability to learn on your schedule
  • Access to topics and presenters regardless of your location
  • The ability to start, stop, and review as needed
  • The ability to connect with other learners across the country and beyond

The flip side is not being able to connect in person with colleagues – if you prefer learning in a group, consider combining online learning with regular meetings with others. As well, CPA’s courses offered through Vocalmeet can be purchased at a discount for groups of 5 or more.

2) I’m new to learning online – how can I make the most of this experience?

There are a variety of steps you can take:

  • Schedule your learning (as you would any other appointment)
  • Take breaks after every hour or so of content
  • Discuss the content with others
  • Take notes and refer back to them in a few days/at regular intervals
3) Does CPA offer CE credits for online CPD courses?

Yes, the CE credits available for each course are noted along with the course description in the course catalogue. The courses available through Vocalmeet also are approved for APA CE credits.

4) How do I register for an online CPD course?
5) What are the registration rates for the online courses? Do I get a discount if I am a CPA member? A student? An APA member?

The course registration rates are available in the catalogue. As a benefit of membership, CPA members and students receive significantly reduced rates. APA members can receive the CPA member discount by becoming a CPA member, which is possible at a 50% discount. Please contact membership for more information.

6) Do you offer group discounts for online course registrations?

Yes! To help encourage group learning, group discounts are available for all courses offered through Vocalmeet. Two types of group discounts are available: Group Registrations and Group Licenses.

7) What is the difference between a Group Registration and a Group License?

A Group Registration offers a discounted price to CPA Members/Fellows and Student Affiliates for 5 individual course registrations, purchased at the same time. Note that participants do not need to be at the same location. Individual CE credits are included with each registration.

A Group License offers one course access for an unlimited number of users at the same location. Participants do not need to be CPA members. Makes a great option for staff retreats. Individual CE credits are available for a small additional fee.

Group Registrations are a good fit for smaller groups of CPA members. Group Licenses are a good fit for larger groups of members or non-members.

8) What are the accepted methods of payment?

Payment can be made by Visa or MasterCard.

9) Do I get a receipt for my registration?

Yes, you will receive proof of your completed registration and payment.

10) Once I register for an online course, for how long will I have access?

Courses through Vocalmeet are available for at least one year of access. Courses through Captus Press are available for approximately 1 month.

11) Can I come back and access a course multiple times while my registration is active?

Yes! This is one of the key advantages of an online course; you do not need to complete it all in one sitting.

12) Once I complete a course, do I get a certificate of completion?

Yes, upon course completion you will receive access to your certificate, which you can print and save for your records.

13) What if I am having technical difficulties?

Please contact Vocalmeet or Captus Press directly for any technology-related issues. Please contact CPA for any other questions or comments: education@cpa.ca or 1-888-472-0657.