Course Information

The Virtual Ethics Course will retain much of the material and the interactive elements that our members valued in the previous one-day course. This 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.

This course is a mandatory requirement for ACPA P.Chem members.

The 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

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

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 (+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 contact the office to inquire about availability.


Registration Deadline: May 24, 2024
Module 1 Opens: May 27, 2024
Module 2 Opens: May 31, 2024
Module 3 Opens: June 7, 2024
Module 4 Opens: June 14, 2024, 9 AM
Module 5 Opens: June 14, 2024, noon
Module 6 Opens: June 21, 2024, 9 AM
Module 7 Opens: June 21, 2024, noon

Mandatory Zoom sessions are on Friday, June 14 and Friday, June 21 from 9 AM until noon.

All other sessions are asynchronous.

Registration Information

Cost:  $250 + GST

To register and pay online, please complete the registration form linked below by May 24, 2024, at 3:30 PM MT.

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If you are not an ACPA member, you can create an account to access the Member Registration link above. If you have questions, contact the ACPA office at [email protected].