Continuing Education (CE) Approval Programme

NOTE TO SPONSORS AND PROVIDERS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS

As part of the CPA’s response to the COVID-19 situation, we encourage Sponsors and Providers of programs approved for CE credit to consider alternatives to in-person workshop delivery.

There are two primary alternatives:

  • A live virtual meeting or webinar format, where attendees participate virtually in real time, and presenters are available for live interaction, answering questions and providing additional assistance. Any organization currently approved to offer in-person programs for CE credit through CPA’s CE Sponsor or Provider Approval Program may offer live, remote programs (e.g., virtual meeting/webinar), so long as there is an opportunity for interaction with an instructor in real time. For this option, we ask that Sponsors and Providers notify the Education Directorate at education@cpa.ca for each program so offered, along with a revised schedule when available. The transition to virtual format will be noted on your Provider application or Sponsor Annual Report forms. A switch to a live virtual meeting or webinar does not require a Change to an Existing Program form.
  • Recorded workshops, with participants reviewing pre-recorded material. Programs currently approved for CE credit as in-person sessions must fulfill 2 additional conditions:
    1. Communication: participants must have the ability to contact instructors with questions and have access to technical support when needed.
    2. Evaluation: participants must be required to answer questions designed to measure comprehension of the material presented, in addition to the required course evaluations. This should take the form of a short quiz, which can be in multiple-choice format and have a minimum of 10 questions. Questions will be submitted to presenters for review. Attendees must achieve a minimum score of 75% prior to the issuing of CE credits. There should be no limits to the number of quiz attempts.

A change from a live event to a pre-recorded workshop will require submission of a Change to an Existing Program form (Appendix D of the CPA’s Standards, Criteria and Procedures for Application, which can be found here: https://cpa.ca/professionaldevelopment/application/). For portions of the form that do not require updating from the original application (e.g. Presenter name and qualifications), Sponsors and Providers should indicate “no change”. There will be no additional fees for submission of change forms.

We appreciate that this type of change in response to this unique situation is new to most of you, and we are conscious of the importance of continuing education from the perspective of both the learners and the instructors. Should you have any questions, please contact us at education@cpa.ca and we will do our best to assist you.

Note that we cannot provide advice on technical solutions, we can only assist in relation to program content and required standards for delivery.


To facilitate the development and recognition of continuing education activities, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) has, since 1983, offered a system for reviewing and approving organizations and individuals that offer formal CE programmes and activities, including universities, clinics, professional associations, specialty societies, consulting firms, and individual psychologists.

Continuing education is intended to provide psychologists with new information, research, and skills in their area of focus, but is not intended to replace formal degree or internship training. CE in psychology is an ongoing process consisting of learning activities that:

  1. Are relevant to psychological practice, education and science,
  2. Enable psychologists to keep pace with emerging issues and technologies, and
  3. Allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

The CPA approval programme and associated standards apply only to the subset of CE activities that are structured and organized by a provider or sponsor. Continuing education or professional development can also occur through participation in other learning activities as well as self-directed studies. Many professions now recognize the value of structured self-initiated learning projects, personal practice reviews, audits, incident reports, utilization studies, research, teaching, and clinical practice guideline development as some of the many options that can contribute to continuing professional education.

CPA assures that the CE programmes and activities of the sponsoring organizations and individuals are adequately planned and administered to meet specified standards, criteria, and procedures. CPA, through its Education Directorate, will review proposed new activities, as well as sponsors’ ongoing activities, through the annual report process. Approval relates only to the ability to sponsor CE activities. It is not accreditation of the sponsor organization. Accreditation is reserved for formal educational training (graduate and internship) programmes and is administered through the Registrar for the Office of Accreditation. Advertising and promotional materials can refer to approval and are not to use the term ‘accreditation’. The granting of approval for an organization to sponsor CE does not constitute approval of that organization in its other activities. CPA has no legal or financial obligations to either approved sponsors or to those individuals registered for sponsors’ continuing education activities.

Please review the links on this page to assist in preparing your application as a sponsor or provider of CE activities.