Membership & Education

Application Process Information

Please review the chart steps to complete before submitting your PEC application located on the application page prior to starting your online application as there are other areas of your profile that will need to be updated before you begin.

September 14–15 – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
Applications are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020.

December 8–9 – Hôtel Bonaventure, Montréal
Please note that there will be no Group Benefits track at the December 2020 offering of PEC. Registration for the December offering will open at the end of June 2020.

Practice Education Course FAQ

Prior to January 1, 2019, property and casualty (P&C) candidates seeking ACIA and FCIA qualification could meet CIA and Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) professionalism requirements by attending the CAS Course on Professionalism (COP) when offered in Canada in lieu of the CIA Professionalism Workshop (PW), and they were exempt from the CIA Practice Education Course (PEC).

Starting in 2019, P&C candidates for ACIA qualification must now earn credit for the CIA PW. Candidates for FCIA qualification must earn credit for the PEC. Some exceptions apply.

Does the CAS recognize the CIA PW and PEC?

Yes. The CAS will accept successful completion of the CIA PW and PEC as meeting the requirements for the CAS COP.

What are the PEC eligibility requirements for P&C candidates?

Visit the eligibility requirements page for details.

Specifically, if you are pursuing the CAS educational pathway, the PEC eligibility requirements are the following:

1. ACIA level education: VEE Accounting and Finance, VEE Economics, credit for CAS exams 1, 2, 3F, MAS 1, MAS 2, Online Courses 1 and 2; and
2. FCIA level education: CAS Exam 6-C; and
3. At least two years of professional experience.

In lieu of step number 2, PEC eligibility is possible with at least 36 months of Canadian P&C experience accrued within the last four years working full-time. Note that exam 6-C remains a requirement for FCIA qualification. If you attend PEC based on experience, you still have to successfully complete 6-C to qualify for FCIA.

You must meet all requirements at the time of PEC registration.

Do all P&C candidates have to attend PEC now?

No. To assist P&C candidates to transition to the new requirements, the Education and Qualification Council (EQC) (formerly the Eligibility and Education Council)approved the following transition rules:

1. Candidates who completed the CAS COP in Canada by December 31, 2018, will receive credit for the PW and PEC until December 31, 2023.

Note: If you are eligible under this transition rule, please apply for ACIA as soon as you meet the requirements to avoid lapse of your PW credit.

2. Candidates who complete the CAS COP in the U.S. by December 31, 2019, AND complete the CIA PW by December 31, 2019, will receive credit for PEC until December 31, 2024. No recognition for the U.S. COP will be granted for courses completed after January 1, 2020.

I’m a P&C candidate, but I have never written the CAS COP in Canada. What must I do?

The December 2018 CAS COP in Montréal was the last offering of the Canadian version of COP that the CIA will recognize and was the last offered by the CAS. Any candidate who did not complete the CAS COP in Canada by December 31, 2018, must complete the CIA PW to meet CIA requirements.

I am a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) candidate. How can I get into PEC?

Visit the eligibility requirements page for details.  

Specifically, if you wish to attend PEC in the P&C track, you must do the following:

  1. Provide proof of membership in good standing from your recognized actuarial organization.
  2. Demonstrate that you have at least 36 months of Canadian P&C experience accrued within the last four years working on a full-time basis.

In lieu of step number 2, you can demonstrate credit for CAS Exam 6-C combined with at least two years of professional experience.

You must meet all requirements at the time of PEC registration.

Can I apply for PEC before I meet the work experience requirement providing I will have the experience at the time PEC starts?

No. In order to apply for PEC, you must meet the minimum experience requirement at the time of application

If I am currently missing a qualification but am sitting the exam before PEC can I still apply?

This may be possible. Please contact Leslie Lenton for more information.

How do I apply for PEC?

Applications for PEC are currently being accepted through the My Profile section of your member account. Once logged in to the CIA website, click on My Profile, Applications, PEC, and follow the steps outlined on the page.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please contact Leslie Lenton, Project Manager, Education and Professional Development or Joseph Gabriel, Staff Actuary, Education.