Frequently Asked Questions… about Membership

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

Are there different types of membership in the CPA?

Yes, there are. For a complete list of the different types of membership, please click here.

What are the benefits of becoming a CPA Member or Affiliate?

There are many! Please visit the CPA Membership Benefits page to get the detailed list of great benefits and services.

How much does it cost to be a member of the CPA?

For a complete list of CPA Membership Fees, please visit the Membership Fees page.


NEW MEMBER

I want to join CPA today! What do I need to do?

Please click here to start your membership application process through our fast, safe and secure online system. Steps are provided to assist you in becoming part a member of CPA on the Join Today! webpage.

What documentation is required at time of the membership application?

When you are completing your membership application, you will need to provide a copy of any documentation (PDF or JPEG only) indicating your highest level of education obtained from your alma mater university.  It must include:

  • your full name,
  • your program of study,
  • the year your degree was conferred or indicates your active status in the current school year.

If you are an active student, please provide documentation such as a schedule, a letter from the university indicating you’re an active student or an unofficial transcript that must indicate that you are an active student.   Financial documents are not sufficient as they do not indicate your active status.

What is a CPA Section?

CPA Sections are the primary agents through which the particular and special needs of members are met and interests served, and have the power to initiate and undertake activities of relevance to its members, draft position papers on topics of relevance to the Section, initiate policy statements in areas of expertise, organize meetings within CPA, make specific representation to external agencies or organizations, if it has received the approval of the Board of Directors to do so. For more information, please visit our CPA Sections Page.

Can I enroll in a CPA Section online?

Yes, you can enroll in a CPA Section online, in several ways:

  • when completing the online Membership Renewal application;
  • when completing the New Membership application form; or
  • as a paid CPA Member/Affiliate, you can click on Membership Profile in the Members Only Area to enroll in a section at any time.

Please contact the CPA Member Service Centre at membership@cpa.ca or by telephone 613-237-2144 (Toll Free 1-888-472-0657) ext. 324 if you need any assistance.

How long is my CPA Membership valid?

Your CPA Membership is valid for one calendar year. The CPA Membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st.

Can I cancel my membership?

Yes, you may cancel your membership at any time. However, please note that CPA Membership fees are 100% non-refundable, non-transferable and may not be pro-rated.


MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

When is my renewal due and how do I renew?

CPA Membership Renewal for 2020 starts in December, 2019.  If you were a member with CPA this past year, you can renew your membership by using the online Membership Application Form.

What is the cost to renew my membership?

You can find the renewal cost by visiting the Membership Fees website.

Can I retrieve my CPA Renewal Invoice or receipt online?

Yes, you can find your receipts in the Members Only Area within the Membership Profile.  You will find it under the My Profile drop-down, called the “Account Statement”.

If you require a copy of your receipt for an earlier year not listed, please send an email to the Member Service Centre membership@cpa.ca or call the toll free number 1-888-472-0657 ext. 324.

I did not receive my Membership Renewal Notice. What should I do?

You can renew your membership for the current calendar year on the Renew Now! Webpage or by opening the membership renewal link where you will log in using your username and password.

Please contact the Member Service Centre at membership@cpa.ca or by calling 613-237-2144 (Toll Free 1-888-472-0657) ext. 324 for any assistance.

How do I get a receipt for my CPA dues?

Your receipt will be automatically emailed to you after you complete your payment online.

If my membership has lapsed, how can I reactivate it?

A lapsed membership occurs when one full membership year has passed since you were a fully paid member in good standing. To reactivate your membership with the CPA, you will need to contact the Member Service Centre at membership@cpa.ca or by telephone 613-237-2144 (Toll Free 1-888-472-0657) ext. 324.


CHANGING YOUR MEMBERSHIP

How do I advance my membership level?

Advancing or Promoting your membership level involves a change in your membership type. i.e. Advancing your Student Affiliate status to CPA Member status because you are no longer an active student and have obtained your Doctoral or Masters degree in psychology, or its academic equivalent, as conferred by a graduate school of recognized standing.

To change your membership type please contact the CPA Membership Service Center either by email at membership@cpa.ca or by phone: 613-237-2144 ext: 324

Am I eligible for the new membership type Early Career Year 1, for the membership year 2020?

To qualify for Early Career Year 1 membership, you must have been a CPA Student Affiliate in 2019 and you must have graduated with a Masters or PhD in Psychology, or a related field, in 2019.

If I graduated with a Masters in 2019 but am continuing my studies, should I apply for Early Career Year 1 for the 2020 membership year?

No. Because you are continuing your studies, you are still considered a student and would apply for the Student Affiliate rate.

If I graduated with a PhD in 2019 and am doing a postdoc, am I eligible for the Early Career Year 1 for the 2020 membership year?

Yes, you are eligible for the Early Career Year 1 membership, provided you were a Student Affiliate, in good standing, in 2019.

Am I eligible for the new membership type, Early Career Year 2, for the membership year 2020?

No, the membership type Early Career Year 2 will be in effect as of 2021. This membership type will only be available to members who were Early Career Year 1 members in 2020.

Am I eligible for the new membership type, Parental Leave, for the membership year 2020?

To qualify for Parental Leave membership, you must have been a CPA Member in 2019. You will be required to provide proof that your Parental Leave is taking place during the 2020 calendar year. See below for Parental Leave document requirements.

If I graduated with a BA in 2019, would I qualify for Early Career Year 1 in 2020?

No, Early Career Year 1 is only for Student Affiliates who will have graduated with a Masters or a PhD in Psychology in the academic year 2019. 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. Those who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree are welcome to join the CPA as a Special Affiliate.

For how many membership years can I keep my Early Career Year 1 or Early Career Year 2 membership?

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.

Would I still qualify for Insurance with BMS If I choose to upgrade my membership to Early Career Year 1, Early Career Year 2 (when it becomes available in 2021) or Parental Leave?

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

I upgraded my membership from a Student Affiliate to a CPA Member in 2019, would I still qualify for Early Career Year 1 in 2020?

No, Early Career Year 1 will only be offered to those who were Student Affiliates in 2019.

If my membership type is Parental Leave, do I need to upgrade my membership to CPA Member before I return to work?

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 on membership@cpa.ca or by phone: 613-237-2144 ext: 324 to request a membership type upgrade.

My parental leave will begin halfway through the calendar year and continue into next year. Should I apply for a Parental Leave membership now?

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.

What documents are required if I am applying for Early Career Year 1 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 (2019)
What documents are required if I am applying for Parental Leave membership?

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.


STUDENT AFFILIATES

Who can apply for CPA Student Affiliate Membership?

Students that are actively pursuing studies as a graduate, undergraduate, Doctoral or Master degree in the psychology or related field, residing in Canada or the United States, who provides proof of enrolment at a recognized university can apply for the Student Affiliate status.

How much is a CPA Student Affiliate membership?

The Student Affiliates rate is currently $75 plus applicable taxes.  Please visit the Members Fee page for all other fees.

Where can I find more information about the Student Section?

You can find more information on the Student Section here.

How can I become involved in the Student Section?

You can become involved in the student section by becoming a Student Affiliate and then join the Student Section.


BENEFITS

How do I access my profile to view my CPA membership benefits?

You can log in to your profile through the Members Only Area. Under the “Home” dropdown, select “Member Benefits” to read more about your member benefits and discounts.


LICENSING

Can you give me my license to practice in my Province/Territory?

CPA does not provide license to practice in your Province/Territory. Contact the Provincial/Territorial Regulatory Body of your province to found out more about licensing.

What are the Provincial and Territorial licensing requirements?

You can find the Provincial and Territorial licensing requirements on a detailed chart by clicking here.


PUBLICATIONS

Can I access CPA’s journals online?

Yes, as a CPA Member/Affiliate you can access the CPA journals that are available online through your Membership Profile using the APA PsychNet search tool.

What should I do if I’m not receiving CPA News newsletters or Psynopsis Magazine?

CPA Members receive Psynopsis magazine both electronically and by mail; Student Affiliates only receive it electronically.

If you are a current CPA Member and/or Affiliate and you are not receiving your publications, please contact the Member Service Centre via email membership@cpa.ca or by phone.

Where can I find an online version of Psynopsis?

You can find online versions of the current or past issues of Psynopsis on the Psynopsis page.


SUPPORT QUESTIONS

What is my username?

Your username is your personal unique email. Please contact the Member Services Centre via email membership@cpa.ca or by telephone at 613-237-2144 (Toll Free 1-888-472-0657) ext. 324 to update your profile with your new email.

How do I reset my password?

You can click on “Forgot your password?” on the login page. A password will be sent to your unique email.

How do I change my contact information with CPA?

Your contact information can be changed at the time of your membership renewal or by logging into your account in the Membership Profile in the Members Only Area page, or by contacting CPA by email via email at membership@cpa.ca or by telephone 613-237-2144 (Toll Free 1-888-472-0657) ext. 324.

What do I do If I think I qualify for the new membership types or have additional questions?

Please contact the CPA Membership Service Center either by email at membership@cpa.ca or by phone: 613-237-2144 ext: 324 to request a membership type upgrade.