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.

All current members have until December to complete this course. New members and CIT's must complete this course before they can use the PChem 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 is currently being updated and will be available through the ACPA Learning Centre in early spring 2021. Watch your email for more updates.

If not previously completed all current members will have until June 2021 to complete the Jurisprudence course as part of their ACPA membership. New members and CIT’s must complete this course before they can use the PChem title. All members that have completed the course will have access to the newly updated course when available for reference and review purposes. 

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.

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, $20 CAD (GST not included). Please contact the office to inquire about availability.


Registration Deadline: May 14, 2021

Enrollment Deadline: May 20, 2021

Module 1 Opens: May 25, 2021

Module 2 Opens: May 28, 2021

Module 3 Opens:  June 4, 2021

Module 4 Opens: June 9, 2021 

Module 5 Opens: June 11, 2021 noon

Module 6 Opens: June 16, 2021

Module 7 Opens: June 18, 2021 noon

Zoom sessions are on June 11 and June 18 

Registration Information

Cost:  $250 ($238.10 before GST)

>> Member Registration

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