Q: What are my CPD
The minimum amount of continuing professional development that a Member
must complete, unless the meet exemption or reduction requirements, is as
Q: What is verifiable
"Verifiable CPD" refers to learning activities that can be
verified objectively. Verifiable CPD documentation should:
The documents that
existed or were created at the time of the CPD activity was undertaken shall support
the substance of that activity. Some examples of verifiable CPD are:
Q: What is unverifiable CPD?
"Unverifiable CPD" refers to learning activities that cannot be
verified objectively (i.e. no documentation) and is up to the member's
discretion to determine if it is a learning activity. Members will not be
asked to produce documentation for these learning activities in the event of an
Q: Are CPD hours
earned by attending CPA Nova Scotia's CPD events automatically entered in the
Yes, CPA Nova Scotia will automatically credit the hours earned by
attending CPA Nova Scotia's PD events to the member's CPD record. You
must ensure that you name is checked off the attendance list on the date the PD
event takes place in order to receive credit. Please allow 7 -10 business
days for courses to populate online after the date of the course.
Q: How do I determine
how many hours each learning activity is worth?
You can report the actual number of hours you engaged in learning
activities, up to a maximum number of hours as estimated by the course provider
for the activity. For conferences and conventions, report the amount of
time that was spent engaged in activities with significant intellectual or
practical content. Marketing, networking or social activities do not
qualify as CPD.
Q: I had to leave a
seminar early to attend to some other matters. How many hours am I
allowed to report?
You are allowed to report the number of hours you actually engage in a learning
activity. Report the number of hours you actually spent learning at the
course in-person. If you read the seminar materials on your own to learn
what you missed, you can report unverifiable CPD for the actual amount of time
you spent doing so.
Q: How do I report the
CPD hours when I complete presentations?
Verifiable CPD hours can be reported for the preparation and delivery
time of courses or educational presentations that are related to the member’s
professional role, but only once per calendar year for the same or similar
topic. Preparation time should relate to maintaining and developing new
knowledge to share with the audience. There is no formal limit on CPD hours
related to presentations; however, the expectation is that the member takes a
balanced approach towards CPD, and therefore does not generally derive all CPD
hours from the same source or the same topic.
Q: What activities
qualify as CPD under volunteer or pro-bono work, such as sitting on a board of
Sitting on a board of directors or on an audit committee does not in
itself qualify for CPD. In order to qualify as CPD, the volunteer
activity must help you to develop and maintain professional competence to
enable you to perform your professional role. Such activities may include
participation in technical discussions and receiving or delivering
presentations that help you make more informed decisions and help you with your
When evaluating whether or not a meeting qualifies for CPD, consider the
Q: Does on-the-job
learning related to major changes in job responsibilities, involvement in special
projects, significant learning of new software, systems, procedures or
techniques, qualify as CPD?
The activity must help you develop and maintain professional competency
to enable you to perform your professional role. The activities qualify for
verifiable CPD subject to supporting documentation being available to verify
the learning activity.
Q: What qualifies as
technical reading and self-study?
The following are examples of items which qualify for technical reading:
Q: If I qualify for a
reduction in my membership dues, do I automatically qualify for an exemption
No. The criteria for a dues waiver and a CPD exemption are not the
same; therefore, qualifying for one does not mean you automatically qualify for
the other. You have to apply for each separately.