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What you need to know on the way to your ACIA designation

An ACIA designation demonstrates that you have the knowledge and skills outlined in our syllabus to identify, evaluate and analyze risk – and that you belong to the premier community of actuarial professionals in Canada.

No matter which pathway applies to you, there are several steps to becoming an ACIA – and applying is the final one. Here is some practical information to help you along the way.

Steps to becoming an Associate (ACIA):

Choose your qualification pathway

Obtain core education through university or other actuarial organization

Successfully complete the ACIA modules

Pass the ACIA Capstone exam

Complete professionalism workshop

Apply to become an ACIA

Key resources for your ACIA journey

ACIA Modules 1 and 2 – fall 2023

A core requirement intended to bridge from accredited education or education obtained via other actuarial organizations to the work environment. It is administered online via the CIA Learning Management System.

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ACIA Capstone Exam – January 2024

A six-hour, online open-book exam that assesses knowledge acquired from a recognized university degree, as well as from the ACIA modules, focusing on application and communication.

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Transition rules

During a limited transitional period, a combination of University Accreditation Program credits and education and examinations of other actuarial organizations are accepted in lieu of some ACIA requirements.

Learn more

Professionalism Workshop

Delivered through both an e-learning module and a one-day virtual event, it provides candidates with a solid grounding in professionalism concepts.

Learn more

Check for any exemptions you may qualify for in our transition rules.

Important dates

Every Friday

Ask your CIA education and pathway questions. Join us on Zoom every Friday 12:00-12:30 ET to speak with our experts.

September 30, 2023

Deadline to apply for course-by-course University Accreditation Program credits. Learn more about possible credits.

November 7, 2023

ACIA Module 2 launch (registration opens mid-September).

December 31, 2023

Deadline for successful completion of recognized activities for purposes of exemption from the ACIA modules and Capstone Exam. Review the transition rules.

The ACIA Capstone Exam will be administered on the following dates:

  • January 17, 2024
  • September 18, 2024
  • May 21, 2025
  • September 17, 2025

Check for any exemptions you may qualify for in our transition rules.

Apply to become an ACIA

Take the next steps to become an Associate or to complete the ACIA qualification requirements.

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