Qualifying educational activities

Qualifying criteria for an activity

To qualify, an activity must be designed to provide learning experiences, the results of which are applicable in professional practice, observable or measurable. It must:

  1. relate to the member’s areas of practice;
  2. allow the member to maintain, update, improve or enhance his or her skills and knowledge;
  3. be relevant, measurable and verifiable.

However, an information activity that provides an opportunity to acquire knowledge without the results of such activity being applied, observed or measured in practice, does not qualify as a continuing education activity (e.g., training activities on the regulations of the Order).

The Order is one of the suppliers of products and courses and it offers continuing education activities to help you establish your education plan. You are responsible for checking whether the continuing education activity you want to follow is recognized under the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec. There is no need to obtain the Order's pre-approval for training activities you wish to take.

Certain types of activities are subject to limitations. Beyond these set limits, the continuing education hours cannot be recognized.

Refer to the examples below to help you prepare your education plan and report your hours:

Categories of activities

The continuing education activities program recognizes two categories of activities:

  1. Structured activities
  2. Self-study activities

Under the current regulation, you are responsible for:

  • verifying whether your continuing education activities qualify under the stated criteria;
  • reporting your continuing education activities every year before September 30;
  • keeping1 the supporting documents2 for up to 12 months following the end of the reference period.

1. Structured activities

Structured education activities with limitations

Include well defined activities with specific learning objectives

Calculation criteria


Language courses

Maximum of 14 hours per year           

Participation in technical study groups, technical committees or discussion groups

Maximum of 25 hours per year3

Acting as a lecturer, instructor or professor (college or university level)  

Actual duration of the presentation, once a year. If the presentation is delivered for the first time, the preparation time is recognized.

Business suite software essentials (word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, and presentation software)

Maximum of 14 hours per year

E-learning4 (activities that are not subject to an assessment of knowledge)

Maximum of 10 hours per year

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Structured education activities without limitations

Calculation criteria

Education activities organized by the Order, other professional orders or similar organizations 

Actual duration of the activity

Structured training activities or courses offered in the workplace

Actual duration of the activity           

E-learning4 activities that are subject to an assessment of knowledge        

A reasonable estimate of the hours needed to complete the activity and related assessment, as determined by the instructor or the actual duration of the activity (excluding training preparation time and studying for examinations) 

Courses offered by educational or specialized institutions that have access to appropriate professional, technical and educational resources

Actual duration of the course

Symposiums, conferences or seminars with a prevalence of technical and educational content, related to the member's professional activities

Actual duration of the activity                

Other structured education activities  Actual duration of the activity 

Authorship of published articles or works, or participation in research projects in areas that are likely to expand the professional knowledge or skills of the member and result in presentations, reports or similar documents

All hours provided that the article, work or research results are published during the reference year.

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2. Self-study activities

Self-study activities

Calculation criteria

• Reading of technical publications

• Studying to pass a course or an exam, excluding learning as part of a new job

• Hands-on training on software

• Reading of regulatory or legislative documents 

Maximum of 15 hours per reference year

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All documentation which confirms and supports the reported hours must be kept for 12 months following the end of the three-year reference period. For example, the documents for the three-year reference period extending from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2018 must be kept until August 31, 2019.

2 Any and all pertinent and reliable documents, notably documents which identify the activities, their length, subject matter, the organization or person which/who provided them, as well as, if applicable, confirmation of attendance or certification obtained.

3 The discussion group or technical committee meetings must be structured, their content be clearly defined and they must allow for the educational objectives to be achieved. For example, participating in an exposure draft review committee, or an audit committee that discusses the impact of the application of new standards, would be considered a qualifying activity.

For example, a live or recorded online webinar.