Qualifying educational activities and providers

Make sure you meet all the requirements by choosing providers who offer qualifying educational activities that match your interests.  

Who is a qualified provider?

You are responsible for making sure that your educational activities qualify under the regulation you are subject to, regardless of the provider you choose. There is no need to obtain the Order’s pre-approval for training activities you wish to take. 

The Order and CPA Canada are among the training product and service providers, but you can select another provider if the activity meets the qualifying criteria.

Quebec CPA Order

The Order offers close to 700 training activities that qualify under the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec

You hold a public accountancy permit? The Order also offer many activities that qualify under the Regulation respecting compulsory continuing education for Quebec chartered professional accountants who hold a public accountancy permit

All the training activities in the Order’s professional development program (except for activities in partnership) are automatically entered in your file.

CPA Canada

CPA Canada also offers training activities for which you can register. However, since CPA Canada is a completely separate entity from the Quebec CPA Order, it does not have an obligation to specify whether an activity qualifies under Quebec regulations.

What training activities qualify?

MPORTANT – Certain types of activities are subject to restrictions. Beyond set limits, continuing education hours completed will not be recognized. 

Activities that are marked with the icon do not qualify under the Regulation respecting compulsory continuing education for Quebec chartered professional accountants who hold a public accountancy permit.

The Order’s continuing education activities program [PDF] recognizes two categories of activities. 

1. Structured training activities

In general, structured training activities come with a list of specific learning objectives and take place in accordance with a pre-established training plan.

Activities subject to restrictions
Activities Hours recognized per year

Language classes

To qualify, learning a language must be directly related to the professional activities engaged in. For example, a CPA with a large Mandarin-speaking clientele may be justified learning this language. 

Maximum of 14 hrs 

Technical study groups, technical committees or discussion groups

Only the technical portion of discussions related to the profession qualify.   

Maximum of 25 hrs

Lecturer, instructor, professor (college or university level)

The preparation time is recognized if the presentation is given for the first time. If the same presentation is given to multiple groups, it can be reported only once per reference year. 

Actual duration of activity (only once per year)

Office suite courses

E.g.: word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, and presentation software.

To qualify, a training activity on the use of software must be directly related to the practice of the CPA profession. 

Maximum of 14 hrs

E-learning activities that are not subject to a knowledge assessment 

E.g.: webinar (live web-based course) or webcast (repeat broadcast of a webinar, an in-class activity or any other recorded activity).

Maximum of 10 hrs
Activities without restrictions
Activities
Hours recognized per year
Activities organized by the Order, other professional orders or similar organizations
Actual duration of the activity
Structured activities offered in the workplace 
Actual duration of the activity

E-learning activity subject to a knowledge assessment

E.g.: webinar (live web-based course) or webcast (repeat broadcast of a webinar, an in-class activity or any other recorded activity)

To qualify, the final assessment must have been successfully completed. However, training preparation time and studies leading to the examination are not recognized.

A reasonable estimate of the hours required to complete the activity and related assessment, as determined by the instructor

OR

Actual duration of the activity 

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

For example, a three-credit course is equal to 45 hours. The hours of study are not recognized in this category, but can be reported as a self-study activity. Actual duration of the activity 

Actual duration of the activity 

Symposiums, conferences or seminars 

To qualify, the content of the activities must be technical or educational in nature and related to the member’s professional activities. 

Actual duration of the activity 
Other structured training activities
Actual duration of the activity

Authorship of published articles or works, or participation in research projects related to the profession

The activities qualify provided that the article, work or research results are published during the reference period. 

Actual duration of the activity

2. Self-study activities

Self-study activities are self-learning training activities completed to improve one’s competencies.

Activities
Hours recognized per year
Reading of technical articles or publications 
Maximum of 15 hrs
Studies leading to the successful completion of a course or examination (excluding any learning as part of a new job)
On-the-job software training
Reading of legislation or regulations

Examples of non-qualifying activities

  • Mentoring and marking examinations
  • Training on social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook)
  • Any training activity for which the final test was failed
  • Any IT training activity that does not focus primarily on a subject that is directly related to the accounting profession (e.g. a course on the everyday use of a tablet does not qualify; however, a course on using Excel on a tablet qualifies) 

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