Professional Associations

Professional Associations Involved with the School of Continuing Studies

The School of Continuing Studies is involved in cooperative education activities with professional associations. Many of these organizations recognize Continuing Studies courses and programs as credit toward their diplomas and certificates. Membership in the association is recommended and in some cases required. Professional requirements may vary and students must know the regulations of their association especially with regard to Pass/Fail marks and other examination conditions. The School cooperates with the following organizations:

Association of Administrative Professionals – Qualified Administrative Assistant Program (QAA)

Association of Administrative Professionals – Qualified Administrative Assistant Program (QAA)

The Association of Administrative Professionals is a Canadian chartered non-profit professional organization whose mission is to assist members in the continuing development of administrative skills, underlying knowledge, and professional growth, thus enhancing employment opportunities and contributions to both the workplace and the community.

The Qualified Administrative Assistant Program builds on the skills and knowledge that Administrative Professionals already have in general business education. An applicant wishing to register as a student must be a member of the Association of Administrative Professionals before they can enrol in the QAA Program.

QAA designation holders must remain members in good standing of the Association of Administrative Professionals to retain the designation of Qualified Administrative Assistant and renew their professional designation every three years through a Certification Renewal process.

The program consists of three compulsory courses and four elective courses offered at various post-secondary institutions across Canada and must be successfully completed within seven years to qualify for the QAA Certificate and designation. Students must successfully complete the seven-course program with an overall grade point average of 60%. The program also includes a work experience component and verification of the core competencies of an Administrative Professional.

To obtain important information on program requirements, please visit our website at canadianadmin.ca/ or contact the National Director Registrar at registrar [at] aaa.ca.

Canadian Institute of Management

Canadian Institute of Management

The Canadian Institute of Management is Canada's senior management association. As a non-profit organization, the Institute was established in 1942 and is dedicated to enhancing managerial skills and professional development. Currently, there are 16 chapters coast-to-coast with the Head Office in Barrie. The Canadian Institute of Management, in cooperation with McGill University, offers educational and developmental opportunities relevant to the needs of aspiring managers in meeting today's challenges. In addition, the Institute offers a professional designation for managers who wish to be recognized for their commitment to excellence in management.

Further information regarding the Institute’s Certified in Management and Chartered Manager designations can be obtained from:

  • Canadian Institute of Management
  • Mr. John Porreca
  • 200-2140 boul. Marie-Victorin
  • Longueuil QC J4G 1A9
  • Telephone: 450-674-6775
  • Email: info [at] cim-icg.ca
  • Website (Canada): www.cim.ca

Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transport (CITT)

Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transport (CITT)

Completing the Certificate in Supply Chain Management and Logistics and satisfying the other academic requirements set out by the CITT will qualify candidates to apply for the CCLP® (CITT-Certified Logistics Professional) designation and CITT membership.

Students graduating from this program will meet the academic requirements to earn the CCLP designation upon successful completion of the six additional courses below.

Two required courses are offered by the CITT:

  • Transportation Systems;
  • Logistics Processes;

and the balance are offered through McGill’s School of Continuing Studies. This includes two required courses:

  • EDEC 205 Communication in Management 1;
  • CMSC 101 College Algebra and Functions;

and two complementary courses chosen from the following four courses:

Full information on the cooperative arrangements can be obtained from the School of Continuing Studies. Students interested in learning more about the CCLP designation and CITT membership, including the full set of requirements to earn and maintain the designation, should contact:

  • Maria Murjani
  • Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT)
  • 10 King Street East, Suite 400
  • Toronto ON M5C 1C3
  • Telephone: 416-363-5696, ext. 24
  • Fax: 416-363-5698
  • Email: mmurjani [at] citt.ca
  • Website: www.citt.ca

Canadian Payroll Association (CPA)

Canadian Payroll Association (CPA)

McGill's School of Continuing Studies offers compulsory courses recognized by the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) toward their two certifications: the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP), and the Certified Payroll Manager (CPM).

The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers the only payroll certifications in Canada which are achieved by thousands of payroll professionals every year. For further information, visit the CPA website at www.payroll.ca, or contact the Canadian Payroll Association at 416-487-3380, ext. 272, or by email at certification [at] payroll.ca.

Canadian Public Relations Society

Canadian Public Relations Society

The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is an organization of men and women who practice public relations in Canada and abroad. Members work to maintain the highest standards and to share a uniquely Canadian experience in public relations.

In cooperation with the 14 regional member societies across the country and with like-minded organizations in other countries, CPRS works in many ways to advance the professional stature of public relations and regulates its practice for the benefit and protection of the public interest. We serve the public interest by upholding a standard of proficiency and code of ethics, and by providing ongoing professional development to members and public relations practitioners across Canada.

A few examples of CPRS leadership in the profession include the:

  • Accredited in Public Relations (APR®) designation;
  • Public Relations Knowledge (PRK)® examination;
  • active, long term membership in the Global Alliance for PR and Communication Management.

The Accredited in Public Relations (APR®) designation is an internationally respected measure of professional experience in public relations, recognizing the dedication, energy, perseverance and competence of successful public relations professionals. It is currently the only advanced level public relations accreditation program in Canada.

The APR® program goals are to:

  • assure professional competence;
  • establish standards for professional practice;
  • increase recognition for the profession;
  • influence the future direction of the profession.

For those new to the Public Relations profession, the Public Relations Knowledge (PRK)® exam offers the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, critical thinking, and judgment. It also gives employers a benchmark by which to assess candidates and employees.

As a founding member of Global Alliance for PR and Communication Management, CPRS actively participates in this confederation of the world's major PR and communication management associations and institutions, representing about 160,000 practitioners and academics around the world. In 2016, CPRS hosted the World Public Relations Forum in Toronto and is a key participant in the ongoing work on the Global Capabilities Framework project.

  • Canadian Public Relations Society
  • General inquiries: admin [at] cprs.ca
  • Website: www.cprs.ca

Global Risk Management Institute (GRMI)

Global Risk Management Institute (GRMI)

GRMI is the professional body determining standards, sponsoring education programs, and controlling the professional designations for the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) and the RIMS Fellow (RF). The designations are administered by the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS).

To be eligible for the CRM designation, candidates must successfully complete the three risk management courses (Risk Management Principles and Practices, Risk Assessment and Treatment, and Risk Financing).

To be eligible for the RIMS Fellow designation, candidates must have five years’ work experience; complete four university-level courses (Accounting, Finance, and two courses selected from business, economics, MIS, law, insurance, marketing, or management); complete twelve days of the RIMS Fellow workshop; and complete the three risk management courses. For further information, please contact:

Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada (ICSA)

Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada (ICSA)

Chartered Secretaries Canada is a division of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) – the international professional body for Chartered Secretaries. Focused on corporate governance and professional administration, Chartered Secretaries Canada is the only body in North America offering an international professional designation—ACIS and FCIS—for corporate governance professionals, administrators, and corporate secretaries.

To become a designated Chartered Secretary, candidates must complete ICSA's Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme, available to qualified candidates, including graduates from McGill University in any discipline. This eight-module program of study includes:

  • Applied Business Law
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Strategy in Practice
  • Company Secretarial Practice
  • Chartered Secretaries Case Study

The Institute maintains an international standard exemption policy. Exemptions may be granted based on past education and experience.

For further information, please contact:

  • ICSA Chartered Secretaries Canada
  • 202–300 March Road
  • Ottawa ON K2K 2E2
  • Telephone: 613-595-1151 or 1-800-501-3440
  • Email: info [at] icsacanada.org
  • Website: www.icsacanada.org

Insurance Institute of Canada

Insurance Institute of Canada

This Institute cooperates with McGill in the offering of its certificate programs and recognizes individual courses and programs as appropriate for their professional FCIP designation. Full information on the cooperative arrangements can be obtained from the Insurance Institute. Students currently enrolled in the program should contact:

  • Institut d'assurance de dommage du Québec
  • 2055 rue Peel, Bureau 575
  • Montreal QC H3A 1V4
  • Telephone: 514-393-8156
  • Fax: 514-393-9222
  • Email: iadq [at] institutdassurance.ca
  • Website: www.insuranceinstitute.ca
  • Insurance Institute of Canada
  • 18 King Street East, 6th Floor
  • Toronto, ON M5C 1C4
  • Telephone: 416-362-8586
  • Fax: 416-362-1126
  • Email: iicmail [at] insuranceinstitute.ca
  • Website: www.insuranceinstitute.ca

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)

IABC/Montreal offers professional development, networking events, special resources, and internship opportunities for public relations and communication management students. For more information, please visit montreal.iabc.com or contact Karla Flores, Vice President, Association Management at iabc.montreal [at] gmail.com.

International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)

International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)

International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) is an independent, non-profit professional association serving the growing field of Business Analysis.

For individuals working in a broad range of roles—business analysis, systems analysis, requirements analysis or management, project management, consulting, process improvement, and more—IIBA® can help you do your job better and enhance your professional life. McGill University's School of Continuing Studies has been approved as an Education Provider of business analysis training by the IIBA®. As such, certain courses offered by the School may lead to professional development hours (PDs) recognized by the IIBA®.

For more information about the IIBA, please visit www.iiba.org.

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) is a national professional association concerned with patents, trademarks, copyright, and industrial design. It is composed of over 1,700 members from Canada and abroad.

IPIC is the only professional association in Canada to which nearly all patent agents, trademark agents, and lawyers specializing in intellectual property belong. IPIC has been collaborating with McGill since 1994 in offering the Summer Courses in Intellectual Property. More information can be found on the IPIC website at www.ipic.ca.

Ordre des Administrateurs Agréés du Québec

Ordre des Administrateurs Agréés du Québec

The Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Quebec is a professional association dedicated to professionals in the field of management in Quebec. It manages the members in Quebec who use the Chartered Administrator (C.Adm.), Administrateur agréé (Adm.A.), and Certified Management Consultant (CMC) professional reserved titles. Its mission, as described in the Professional Code, is to protect the public.

Their members are distinguished in management, ethics, and governance. They are company officers and directors, CEOs, managers, and expert advisers in finance, management, financial planning, human resources, real estate, franchising, health, information technology, public administration, and more. In short, chartered administrators are working in all sectors of our economy. They contribute objectively and competently to the advancement of management.

Upon graduation, managers and administrators who become members of the Ordre demonstrate to employers and clients that they subscribe to high standards of professionalism, ethics, and competence.

This organization cooperates with universities in order to initiate students into the professional practice of management. Students affiliated with the Ordre have opportunities to network with experienced chartered administrators while they work toward obtaining their official reserved title.

Students interested in membership or further information on the organization should contact:

  • Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec
  • 1050 Beaver Hall Hill, Suite 360
  • Montreal QC H2Z 0A5
  • Telephone: 514-499-0880 or 1-800-465-0880, ext.234
  • Fax: 514-499-0892
  • Email: admission [at] adma.qc.ca
  • Website: www.adma.qc.ca

Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA)

Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA)

The Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA) is a professional order representing members of an “exclusive profession” as defined by the Professional Code, that is an organization dedicated primarily to the protection of the public. To this end, the CPA Order, like the 46 other professional orders in Quebec, must carry out specific functions related to issuing permits to new members, updating the Roll of the Order, monitoring the practice of the profession and detecting illegal practice. It must also comply with a set of operating rules imposed by the Professional Code.

The CPA Order was created in May 2012 following the unification of the accounting profession in Quebec. It results from a merger of the Ordre des comptables agréés (CA), the Ordre des comptables généraux accrédités (CGA), and the Ordre des comptables en management accrédités (CMA). The Order thus represents all the areas of expertise of the profession—assurance, financial accounting, management and management accounting, finances and taxation—at the service of enterprises, organizations and the public.

The CPA Order has close to 39,000 members and 5,000 future CPAs. By combining its distinctive forces under a single order, the Quebec accounting profession strengthens its position both nationally and internationally.

  • Ms. Vanessa Simard, CPA, CGA
  • Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (CPA)
  • 5 Place Ville Marie, bureau 800
  • Montreal QC H3B 2G2
  • Telephone: 514-288-3256, ext. 2289 or 1-800-363-4688
  • Fax: 514-843-8375
  • Email: vsimard [at] cpaquebec.ca
  • Website: cpaquebec.ca

Ordre des Conseillers en Ressources Humaines Agréés

Ordre des Conseillers en Ressources Humaines Agréés

With 10,000 members, the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés is the primary reference organization in HR management. It ensures the protection of the public and contributes to the advancement of its CHRP and CIRC members. Through its actions in the public arena, it plays a key influential role in the world of work in Quebec. The Ordre thus actively participates in maintaining a balance between organizational success and employee well being.

Students interested in learning more may contact the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés at:

  • Telephone: 514-879-1636, ext. 284 (students); 514-879-1636, ext. 205 (graduates)
  • Email: info [at] portailrh.org
  • Website: www.portailrh.org

Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ)

Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ)

The Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec is an order with a reserved title representing more than 2100 members, all of whom are certified language professionals.

As part of its mandate to protect the public, the Order has adopted the following mission: to ensure and promote the competence and professionalism of its members in the fields of translation, terminology, and interpretation.

Those wishing to apply for admission as students should contact the admission secretary at 514-845-4411, ext. 1221.

For enquiries about the certification process, please contact the certification coordinator at 514-845-4411 , ext. 1231.

  • OTTIAQ
  • 2021 Union Avenue, Suite 1108
  • Montreal QC H3A 2S9
  • Telephone: 514-845-4411
  • Fax: 514-845-9903
  • Email: info [at] ottiaq.org
  • Website: ottiaq.org

Project Management Institute (PMI®)

Project Management Institute (PMI®)

Project Management Institute is the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI family, Human Systems International (HSI) provides organizational assessment and benchmarking services to leading businesses and government, while ProjectManagement.com creates online global communities that deliver more resources, better tools, larger networks and broader perspectives.

McGill University's School of Continuing Studies has been approved as a provider of project management training by PMI®. As such, certain courses and seminars in project management offered by the School may lead to PDU credit for PMI® members.

For more information about the PMI®, please visit www.pmi.org or contact:

  • Telephone: 610-356-4600 (menu option 8)
  • Fax: 610-356-4647
  • Email: customercare [at] pmi.org

Quebec Risk and Insurance Management Association (QRIMA)

Quebec Risk and Insurance Management Association (QRIMA)

This association is a chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, a professional association of practising risk management professionals. It cooperates with McGill in the offering of risk management courses that lead to the CRM (Canadian Risk Management) and the RIMS Fellow designation.

Further information can be obtained from the association or by visiting the QRIMA website: quebec.rims.org or email agraq [at] rimsmail.org. Any queries can be directed to Janice McGraw at 514-398-6251.

Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA)

Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA)

The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) of Canada and its Quebec Institute, the AGCAQ, provides a well-known and accredited program in purchasing and supply-chain management. A non-profit organization, the SCMA has almost 8,000 members in 10 institutes across Canada and internationally.

Strategic supply management is an integral function of any business, with more power to impact the bottom line than just about any function within an organization. Supply Chain Management continues to earn the respect of CEOs with corporations such as APPLE promoting to the highest level from the SCM roles.

The AGCAQ and the SCMA are the voice of an exciting and progressive business profession in supply chain management. We offer a wide range of services to our members: professional development, training, seminars, workshops, accreditation, networking, and university research. SCMA consists of a national office and ten provincial and territorial institutes.

The association offers both a Supply Management Training Program and the internationally recognized Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) Designation. The programs are composed of purchasing, logistics, operations and other supply chain specialization courses and modules, as well as soft-skill workshops and general management seminars (such as those offered here at McGill University), coupled with work experience.

Individuals wishing to register in either program or seeking additional information can obtain complete details by visiting the websites of the SCMA and the Quebec Institute, l'Association de la gestion de la chaîne d'approvisionnement Québec.

  • Association de la gestion de la chaîne d'approvisionnement Québec
  • 2030 Pie IX Boulevard, suite 403
  • Montreal QC H1V 2C8
  • Telephone: 514-256-0045 or 1-800-977-1877
  • Fax: 514-355-4159
  • Email: info [at] agcaq.ca
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