Professional Development

ACPA strongly encourages chemical professionals to further develop their careers, and one of the most common routes is through continuing education, seminars and workshops.

In fact, as part of the provincial government regulation of our profession, Professional Chemists in Alberta are legally required to document their professional development annually by completing a tally of the Professional Development Credits (PDCs) they have earned by various means (including course work). An online version of the required form is available on the Professional Development page under the Member Menu at the top right of this screen. Members who do not meet the minimum professional development requirements will lose their membership and can no longer use the title "Professional Chemist" or "P.Chem." Members will not be mailed their membership card until dues are paid and PDC credits are filed for the current year.

A copy of the PDC form can also be downloaded here.

What kind of documentation do I need to support PDCs claimed?

Professional Development Activity PDC Allotment Documentation
Relevant work experience in the practice of chemistry in excess of the minimum of 400 hours in the credit year
1 PDC / 40 hours (max 30 PDCs)

Letter from Employer affirming employment. Reference from a professional that can vouch for you.

Coaching & mentoring on-the-job

1 PDC / day (max 10 PDCs)

Note from manager or HR vouching for activity
Development and documentation of in-house test methods 2 PDCs / method (max 10 PDCs) Title of method, dates worked on, list coworkers / authors
Reading relevant professional or technical literature 1 PDC / 2 hours (max 10 PDCs) Paper bibliography, hours reading, date read.
Attending relevant courses, conferences, seminars & workshops 1 PDC / hour duration
(max 20 PDCs)
Seminar topic, location, date, hours, receipt or attendance confirmation
Presenting or chairing a course, seminar or workshop outside of regular work experience 3 PDCs / hour presenting or chairing (max 15 PDCs) Seminar topic, location, date, hours, receipt or poster advertising session
Researching and presenting a learned paper or poster at a local/regional meeting 5 PDCs / paper or poster (max 15 PDCs) Paper title, meeting, location, dates, meeting organizer
Researching and presenting a learned paper or poster at a national/international meeting

10 PDCs /paper or poster (max 20 PDCs)

Paper title, meeting, location, dates, meeting organizer
Writing published paper or article – peer reviewed

10 PDCs /paper or article (max 20 PDCs)

Paper title, publication, dates, bibliography
Peer-reviewing a paper for a peer-reviewed journal 5 PDCs per paper (max 10 PDC’s) Letter of recognition from Journal Editors
Writing published paper or article – not peer reviewed 5 PDCs / paper or article (max 10 PDCs) Paper title, publication, dates, bibliography
Writing and submitting a patent 20 PDCs per patent
(max 20 PDCs)
Patent title, date, bibliography
Organizing or assisting ACPA activities or special events (Chemistry Week, Science Fairs) 1 PDC / hour
(max 10 PDCs)
Activity, duration, dates, event title
Attending ACPA meetings (e.g., the AGM) 4 PDCs / meeting (max 12 PDCs) Hand in name badge, get a selfie with the President
ACPA Board Member or Executive Position 1 PDC / hour
(max 10 PDCs per position)
ACPA records
Active membership in other relevant associations or societies other than the ACPA 4 PDCs / society (max 12 PDCs) Receipts or membership card
Executive position or organizing activities for other relevant associations or societies other than the ACPA 1 PDC / hour (max 10 PDCs) Recognition from ACPA, group selfies

Please note that documentation to support PDC credits claimed should be kept for a minimum of three years. 

Public Professional Courses

The ACPA and the Chemistry Institute of Canada (particularly at their annual conferences) regularly offer professional development courses. Watch for announcements by e-mail and in the News and Events page of this website. If you are not yet on our announcement mailing list, please contact the ACPA office.

In addition, many other kinds of courses are recognized as professional development. Some of these publicly offered courses can be viewed through the following links:

Professional Development Courses

University Courses

College and Technical College Courses

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