ACPA Professional Courses

The ACPA offers two professional courses which are mandatory for all members.

ACPA Jurisprudence Course

The ACPA Jurisprudence Course is an online course that can be completed in approximately three hours. You will need to register for the course with a one-time fee of $150 + GST. Thereafter, you can return to the course as often as you wish. You can start taking the course and return later to complete the course as your time permits. Once the course is completed, you can return any time to look up any material or references from the course as needed.

New members and CIT's must complete this course before they can use the P.Chem. title.

The Jurisprudence course consists of three main Modules:

  • Module 1: Regulation of the Chemistry Profession
  • Module 2: Continuing Competence and Professional Scope of Practice
  • Module 3: Due Diligence in Business, Employment, and Labour Matters

You will be able to print a course certificate when the course online exam is successfully completed. Please also take a couple of minutes to complete the course evaluation survey.

The ACPA Jurisprudence Course has been updated and is now available through the ACPA Learning Centre!

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Professional Ethics for Chemists

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.

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

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

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 (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, $25 CAD (GST not included). Please contact the office to inquire about availability.


Registration Deadline: September 29, 2023
Module 1 Opens: October 2, 2023
Module 2 Opens: October 6, 2023
Module 3 Opens: October 13, 2023
Module 4 Opens: October 20, 2023, 9 AM
Module 5 Opens: October 20, 2023, noon
Module 6 Opens: October 27, 2023, 9 AM
Module 7 Opens: October 27, 2023, noon

Mandatory Zoom sessions are on Friday, October 20 and Friday, October 27 from 9 AM until noon.

All other sessions are asynchronous.

Registration Information

Cost:  $250 ($238.10 before GST)

To register and pay online, please complete the registration form linked below by September 29, 2023, at 3:30 PM MT.