CQP Survey "Top Ten"


Candidate Suggestions

CAIRP Response



Request for email notifications when there are any material additions to the website

Section reference: Captus Website Platform

The Captus website platform does allow users to set email notification alerts but not all users activate this feature. To address this concern the CAIRP education group will send out email alerts to all those registered in a course once new material or updates are posted to the website going forward. In addition, CAIRP will send an email reminder to candidates to set up their own alerts and will post a ‘how to’ on the Captus site for future reference.


Request to revert back to left margin referencing used in the old (NIQP) texts

Section reference: CAIRP Text and the Body of Knowledge

The section referencing in the current texts has been carefully considered by the CAIRP Course Material Review Committee. The referencing is focussed on accuracy and directing candidates to the appropriate resources.

The margin references have not been removed altogether, but have been relocated to the beginning of the text, in a different, easily recognizable font.

The new format was chosen out of an environmental concern, in view of the extent of the material, and the fact that candidates and their sponsors still print out the material. Simply put, margin notes arranged as they were in the NIQP texts lead to either wasted paper (due to the unused space in the margin), or a decreased font size making the text difficult to read, or both.

With respect to content of the margin referencing, margin notes tended to become inaccurate on an ongoing basis, as they were overly specific (going to a level of specificity of subsections of the acts and regulations/rules, lists of jurisprudence, etc.). By being overly specific, they were more susceptible to error as a result of changes and, due to the volume of material, the notes could not be constantly updated. As a result, the margin notes quickly became incomplete, inaccurate and obsolete. The committees that reviewed and redesigned the material opted instead for more relevant references, limiting the references essentially to legislation, regulations, directives and CAIRP pronouncements.

In referencing legislation or regulations, it was decided to reference the sections rather than subsections, to ensure that when read, the statutes or regulations are read in context and not as an abstract extract.

Request for webinars on special topics and key documents like Body of Knowledge and Competency Profile

CAIRP is considering which topics or documents warrant a webinar and the cost structure of producing the webinar(s).


Concern that assignments for the Applied Knowledge Course were dispensed too close to the exam

Section reference: Assignments

This was a teething problem for the new program and should not reoccur. At the present time, all assignments are released upon registration into the Applied Knowledge Course.


Concern that cases in the Applied Knowledge Course are too long and do not have a close correlation with actual CNIE exam questions

Section reference: Case Studies

The primary aim of the case studies is not to simulate CNIE exam questions. The aim of the case studies is to prompt a comprehensive review of the program and the related practical considerations. Candidates’ responses confirmed this latter objective was achieved. CAIRP however, has considered avenues regarding the release of certain exam questions for practice purposes. As a result, representative exam questions, solutions, and guidelines with respect to assessment criteria were reviewed in depth at the tutorial and posted on the Captus site.


Request to provide Sponsors with appropriate tools to make them effective mentors through the Program, and especially through the Applied Knowledge Course

Section reference: Sponsors

CAIRP is in the process of developing an updated and relevant Sponsors’ Handbook to provide Sponsors with a quick reference guide which will help them support their CQP students.



Concern that there is no publicly available sample competency based exam and solution guide

Section reference: CNIE

In addition to including a markedly increased focus on exam preparation at the tutorial, CAIRP has released sample questions including guidance with respect to the competency spectrum (nominally competent, reaching competent, competent, highly competent).


94% of respondents confirmed they would attend a session dedicated to writing and debriefing mock questions at the CNIE tutorial even if it meant extending the tutorial by one day.

Section reference: CNIE

Based on the strong response received in support of this initiative, CAIRP included a markedly expanded exam preparation session focussed on debriefing mock questions at the September 2013 CNIE tutorial.


Access to a CNIE practice exam was listed as key priority by the CQP survey population

Section reference: CNIE

CAIRP has released representative practice exam questions with sample solutions, accessible through the Captus site.


Request for the ability to write the CNIE twice a year

Section reference: CNIE

Given the size of the CQP candidate population, the time and effort required to draft and test an exam and the logistics of getting an exam corrected, it is not feasible for CAIRP to administer the CNIE twice a year.


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