Below are the various CPA Member types. To help you determine what member type you are currently eligible for, please refer to the Membership Type Decision Tree provided for your convenience.
Membership Application Process
At the time of application, you will need to provide the CPA with a (scanned) copy of any official documentation (PDF or JPEG only), indicating the highest level of education you obtained from your alma mater university. The official document must include:
Forms of acceptable documentation for those enrolled as an active student in Psychology are a schedule, a letter from the university indicating you’re a current student, or an unofficial transcript that must indicate that you are currently a student. Financial documents are not sufficient as they do not necessarily indicate your current status.
CPA Members must possess a Masters or Doctoral degree in psychology, or its academic equivalent, conferred by a graduate school of recognized standing.
(Age 55 or higher, having left one's occupation and ceasing to work)
Retired members and retired fellows shall be full members (or fellows) who are retired. A reduced membership fee shall be offered to retired members and retired fellows.
Honorary Life Fellow/Honorary Life Member
Honorary Life Fellows/Honorary Life Members are members who are age 70 or higher, who have been regular Members of CPA for at least 25 years. Please contact the CPA Member Services Centre if you believe you fall into this category. The Membership Fee for these individuals is waived (complimentary).
Student Affiliates are students enrolled full-time or part-time in a Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral Program, residing in Canada or the United States, who provided proof of enrolment in psychology (or a related field), at a recognized university, for the current academic year.
Special Affiliates are persons residing in Canada or the United States, who have an active interest in psychology, either as a profession or as a science, through work or study in psychology (bachelor in psychology), or a related field.
Applicants must possess a Masters or Doctoral degree in psychology, or its academic equivalent, conferred by a graduate school of recognized standing. Applicants may be psychologists residing outside of Canada or the United States, who can provide evidence of membership in the psychological association of their own country of residence. In the event that such an association does not exist, or that the applicant is not a member, he/she must provide evidence of his/her qualifications when applying for membership in the CPA.
International Student Affiliate
International Student Affiliates are students enrolled full-time or part-time in Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral Program, that reside outside of Canada or the United States, who provided proof of enrolment in psychology (or a related field), at a recognized university, for the current academic year.
Membership fees are subject to applicable taxes.
Member Services Information: