Continuing Professional Development Program

Please note: The CPD tool has undergone improvements to better support you in recording and submitting your CPD hours. Learn more about these improvements on the myAPEGA page. 

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program is mandatory under the  Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act. The program ensures the public's health, safety, and welfare by requiring that professionals engage in lifelong learning. Being fully compliant with the CPD Program is part of maintaining your good-standing status with APEGA.

CPD Program Applies To

  • Professional members
  • Professional licensees
  • Licensees

CPD Program Does Not Apply To

  • Exam candidates
  • Members-in-training
  • Students
  • Provisional licensees

CPD Requirements

You must claim at least 240 CPD hours over a three-year cycle, an average of 80 hours per year, in at least three of six categories each year as described in the Continuing Professional Development practice standard. Any CPD hours earned but not claimed, in any category, can be carried forward for a maximum of two years from the date of activity completion and claimed on a subsequent annual submission. 

Download the Continuing Professional Development practice standard (PDF)

Renewing Members

If you registered with APEGA before June 2021, you will complete CPD onboarding in myAPEGA to submit your hours in the current, summary format one final time during your next renewal. Your CPD submission on myAPEGA will open the month before your renewal date and close 30 days after. You can find your renewal date on your myAPEGA dashboard. Your annual dues invoice and annual declaration may be available prior to your CPD submission opening.

During onboarding, you do not need to submit detailed information about your CPD activities, but we recommend that you keep this information for three years in case your CPD is audited by APEGA's Practice Review Board. You may want to use the Detailed Activity Record below to record your information. Review the Continuing Professional Development practice standard to determine which activities are suitable for reporting.

If you have questions, please email [email protected].

Download the Detailed Activity Record (XLSX)   Log in to myAPEGA to submit your CPD

Once you have completed your CPD onboarding and the next reporting period has opened, you can begin recording your CPD activities using ongoing activity-based reporting. See below for further details on activity-based reporting

CPD Cycles Example

If your annual membership renewal date is October 1 each year, your CPD reporting period is from October 1 to September 30.

In 2021, your three-year CPD cycle is from October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2021, and comprises the following three reporting periods:

  • October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019
  • October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020
  • October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021

You will be able to complete CPD onboarding from September 1, 2021, through October 30, 2021. If you have not submitted your activities during this time frame, myAPEGA will automatically submit your CPD onboarding on October 31, 2021. You will then be able to begin recording detailed activities from the start of the next reporting period, running from October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022. 

New and Reinstated Members

For licensed professionals who registered with APEGA after June 1, 2021, the requirement to engage in professional development activities begins on the date of registration. If you were registered with APEGA within the last year, before June 2021, you will complete CPD onboarding as described above.

If you registered with APEGA after June 2021, you can record activities starting on your registration date using activity-based reporting. You must submit your CPD hours to APEGA one year after your registration date and annually thereafter.  

If you have questions, please email [email protected].

Log in to myAPEGA to start reporting CPD activities

Did You Know?

APEGA's professional development events are eligible for CPD hours. Look for events that have been tagged with Professional Development.

Find APEGA events and PD opportunities

Activity-Based Reporting

In the summer of 2021, the transition to activity-based reporting begins.

Once the transition is complete, you are encouraged to record your CPD activities throughout the year. Loading your CPD activities as you complete them will enable you to plan and save time at the end of your reporting period.

Each activity category has additional data fields that must be completed to record an activity. Some activities may require the contact information of attendees. You are responsible for confirming you have their consent to include their personal information in your CPD submission.

If you have questions, please email [email protected].

Non-Compliance to the Continuing Professional Development Practice Standard

APEGA may contact you if you are non-compliant with the Continuing Professional Development practice standard. Failure to conform with the requirements of the standard may impact your good-standing status with APEGA.

You are non-compliant if you do one or both of the following:

  • report fewer than 240 CPD hours over your three-year membership cycle or in fewer than three separate CPD categories each reporting year (or as adjusted for special consideration)
  • fail to provide a detailed record of your CPD activities, including supporting documentation, when requested by APEGA. If the requested documents are not provided by the deadline date in your notification, APEGA may cancel your licence to practise. This means it will be illegal for you to independently practise engineering or geoscience in Alberta as stated in the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act.

Reinstating Your Membership after CPD Non-Compliance

If your membership is cancelled because of missing detailed CPD records or supporting documentation at the assigned deadline, you will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement. To regain your APEGA membership, you will have to reapply for licensure through the full APEGA application process. 

Read about applying for membership

CPD Requirement Exceptions

Special Consideration

If you are a licensed professional who is unable to meet the minimum CPD requirements due to an extenuating circumstance, you can apply to have the required number of CPD hours and categories reduced by completing a special consideration form. 

Download the Special Consideration Form (PDF)

Non-Practising Members

If you have submitted a non-practising declaration stating you are not actively engaged in the practice of engineering or geoscience, you are exempt from the CPD requirements. You cannot practise in Alberta while the non-practising declaration is in effect.

If you intend to resume practising, you must apply to do so. You cannot resume practising until the Practice Review Board (PRB) has approved your request. The PRB may set conditions prior to allowing a resumption of practice.

The non-practising declaration form can be completed in myAPEGA and renewed annually as part of the annual declaration. While non-practising, you can continue to earn and record your CPD activities to use in future submissions.

Log in to myAPEGA to submit a non-practising declaration