As part of our collective agreement, CUPEU has a Professional Development Fund (CPDF). CUPEU Collective Agreement (Article 10.09) provides the basis for CUPEU’s Professional Development program. It is a useful starting point for anyone interested in participating in the program.
The Guidelines for Allocating CUPEU Professional Development Funds are what the PD committee uses to reach its decisions. Due to the increased popularity of the PD program, these guidelines are under review and may be updated by the committee at any time.
All Permanent employees in good standing are eligible to apply for funds. Only one (1) P.D. request per budget year can be awarded to any CUPEU member in good standing. The maximum amount of any request this year is $4100.
The CPDF Committee does not advance funds, although your department may be able to. In this case, members must indicate in their application that their department has forwarded or paid for an activity. Once the committee informs you which activities and amounts were approved, you can begin to pay for those activities. Make sure to keep all receipts. You will be responsible for any expenses that exceed the approved amounts.
Applications that do not include necessary supporting documents (travel information including ticket/hotel prices, conference costs, course/book fees, etc.) will automatically be disqualified by the Professional Development Committee
The next deadline to apply for Professional Development is 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2017. This deadline is firm. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.
You must submit six copies of a completed application package to the CUPEU office at MI-202 before the deadline. No exceptions will be made for submissions submitted late. Your ability to make the deadline and provide the required documentation properly will help your case if you are serious about applying. If you have any questions, contact us well ahead of the deadline.
Each application will have different requirements, based on the type of activity or supplies requested. At minimum, all applications must include the following:
Other material may be required, depending on the nature of the activity. Use the checklist on the Application Form to ensure that your package includes everything the committee will need to make a decision.
You may also need to complete:
If you are attending a conference, workshop, course, or other training, you will also need to attach a copy of the description provided by the organization. This should include the name of the organizing body, dates, location, registration fees, hotel rates, etc. If this is a conference presentation, please attach a copy of the abstract or submission as well as proof of acceptance or, at minimum, the date it is expected.
Print six copies of the pages you need. Collate the pages in the same order you see them here. Supporting material must be attached at the end of the package, and do not attach anything to the front. Please use staples, not paperclips.
Send in the application by the deadline.
Once your activity or purchase has been approved, you may start to spend the approved funds. Follow the Guidelines for the Recipient Following the Approval of PD Funds. Reimbursement requests may be submitted as soon as you start incurring costs.
You may also be required to submit a report to your supervisor, with a copy to the Chair of the PD committee (c/o CUPEU at MI-202) within 60 days of the completion of the activity. Details are outlined in Article 10.13c of the Collective Agreement. Failure to submit a report on time may jeopardize your ability to receive PD funds in the future.
We encourage members to look for the best cost effective means for their travel and accommodation arrangements.
Refer to the following documents (issued by Concordia University):
This is the application form for print
This contains all the forms you’ll need (and more!) to apply for Professional Development funding. It features linked fields so you only have to enter most information only once, and it does all the math for you. Our thanks to Napoleon Soberanis for his hard work on this. download