Course Information

This new virtual Ethics course will retain much of the material and the interactive elements that our members valued in the previous one-day course. The course will provide an introduction to the ethical framework that guides professional chemists in the conduct of their duties. The course still focuses on solving practical issues that arise in professional practice.

The new course consists of 7 modules:

Module 1: Introduction

  •  Introduction to Professional Ethics for Chemists
  •  Learning Objectives
  •  Course Outline and Instructions

Module 2: Professions and Professionalism

  •  Section 1 – The Professional Chemist
  •  Section 2 – Competence and Scope of Practice
  •  Review Video
  •  Discussion Forum
  •  Quiz

Module 3: Professional Conduct and Ethics

  •  Section 3 – Your Professional Behaviour
  •  Section 4 – The Criticality of Trust
  •  Section 5 – Integrity and Value Systems
  •  Section 6 – Managing Conflicts
  •  Review Video
  •  Discussion Forum
  •  Quiz

Module 4: First On-line Group Session

  •  Group discussions of the material covered in Modules 2 and 3

Module 5: Resolving Moral Dilemmas

  •  Section 7 – Making Decisions
  •  Review Video
  •  Discussion Forum

Module 6: Second On-line Group Session

  •  Group discussion of the material covered in Module 5
  •  Case studies

Module 7: Final Test

  •  A case study analysis
  •  Candidates that pass the exam will receive an Ethics certificate. 


  • Registration in the course with your professional chemist’s association
  • Access to a computer with a video camera, audio headset, and reliable and fast internet
  • Access to a Canvas and a Zoom account (both free with course registration)
  • A valid email address
  • Active participation in on-line discussions and Zoom sessions is mandatory to pass the course

Biographical sketches of the presenters are attached.

To allow maximum discussion and understanding of ethical management, attendance is strictly limited to 20 registrants. It is offered at a cost of $250 (including GST) and includes an exam and certificate. 

Completion of the course is an asset to enhance your professional credentials, for those considering management activities in the workplace, and for your firm to have someone holding the certification.

Suggested Reading

Jeffrey Kovac, The Ethical Chemist: Professionalism and Ethics in Science, Pearson Education Inc. 2004. Available for purchase at the ACPA office while quantities last, $20 CAD (GST not included). Please email us at [email protected] to inquire about availability or to place an order.


Registration Deadline: September 21, 2021 (extended to September 28, 2021)
Module 1 Opens: September 28, 2021
Module 2 Opens: October 1, 2021
Module 3 Opens: October 8, 2021
Module 4 Opens: October 14, 2021 9am
Module 5 Opens: October 14, 2021 noon
Module 6 Opens: October 21, 2021 9 am
Module 7 Opens: October 21, 2021 noon

Zoom sessions are on Thursday, October 14 and Thursday, October 21

Registration Information

Cost:  $250 ($238.10 before GST)

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