FAQ

About CPIA Courses

Who are CPIA courses geared for?

The courses provide individuals who are involved in identifying, design, financing, implementing, monitoring, or evaluating social interventions, public policies, or international development projects, with the knowledge necessary to oversee evaluations of projects and policies, from conception through completion. These include: organization leaders, project managers, project staff, technical experts, finance officers, social entrepreneurs, donors, and civil servants, among others. There are no prerequisites for our courses. 

    Do I have to take all three courses?

    No. Participants can choose to take one course or all of them. However those interested in the Certified Professional Impact Analyst (CPIA) designation have to successfully complete all three courses, or receive exemption through written tests before becoming eligible to take the CPIA certification exam.

    Can I take the courses in any order?

    Yes, participants can take the courses in any order.

    I cannot attend the course, do you offer in-house training for organizations?

    Yes, we can tailor and offer the CPIA courses in-house. For more information, contact cpia@econ.queensu.ca

    Fees

    What is included in the tuition fee? 
    The tuition fee includes:
    • Tuition and course materials
    • Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks during the program (Monday-Friday)
    • Social events and closing reception
    • Local pick-up/drop-off from airport, train or bus station
    Not included:
    • Travel to/from Kingston, Ontario
    • Dinner
    • Accommodations

    Accommodations are not reflected in the tuition price. We can however arrange on-campus accommodations which can be purchased at check-out.

    Can I get a refund if I cannot attend the course?

    Participants who withdraw up to and including 3 weeks prior to the commencement of a CPIA course at Queen’s University are eligible for a full refund, subject to a 3% processing fee. Participants who withdraw less than 3 weeks prior to the commencement of a CPIA course at Queen’s University are eligible for a partial refund of 75% of their tuition, plus a 3% processing fee. For more information about refunds, contact cpia@econ.queensu.ca.

    Logistics

    How do I get to Kingston?  
    Do we have to arrange our own accommodations?

    Participants who prefer to stay on-campus have the option to book on-campus accommodations at check-out. Participants who prefer to stay off campus have to arrange their accommodations.

    What is the dress code?

    The recommended dress code is business casual/casual. Given that participants will be in the classroom all day, we recommend dressing comfortably. For the closing reception and picture day, participants may want to bring one formal outfit

    What should I do to prepare for the course?

    Participants will be sent a manual one-month in advance of the program with preparatory materials including a few pre-readings which should not take more than an hour to review. Our instructors provide optional preparatory sessions the day before each course begins. 

    What does a typical course day look like?

    Each day consists of lectures, discussions, and in-class applied sessions. A typical day will have the following structure:

    • Morning: breakfast, morning lecture, coffee break, second lecture
    • Lunch: optional guest lecture
    • Afternoon: lecture/discussion, coffee break, applied session, recap session