Competency Initiative

CPATA’s primary concern is to protect the public, and our first line of activity is to ensure that practitioners – both new and experienced – are professionally competent. By ‘competent’, we mean they are technically competent and act ethically in the work they do as IP agents. A focus on professional competence is the most effective way to protect both the consuming public and the important role that agents play in the protection of IP rights. We have begun to assess the competencies required for new and existing licensees to provide high-quality services to the public. 

We have developed a multi-year initiative to refine entry-level and continuing competencies. This includes: 

  • Competency frameworks: developing and validating the knowledge and technical competency frameworks for agents;   
  • Qualifying examinations: developing and implementing the new and enhanced qualifying examination system; and    
  • Education: exploring pre-requisite education and training, and continuing competence programs   

This initiative benefits from the support of many members of the professional community, including committee members, exam developers and evaluators. Being part of this esteemed group is a chance to give back, develop skills, gain recognition, and connect with others. CPATA is seeking information about your interest in and availability to participate in this group. With help from our consultant, Principia Assessments Ltd., we will use this information to inform planning and recruitment. The only data from this form that will be shared more broadly is aggregate data about the group’s overall characteristics.  

This questionnaire consists of 20 questions. Completion should take about 10 minutes. If you have questions about this form or the program, please contact Jen Slabodkin, Director, Registration & Education, Deputy Registrar, at Thank you for supporting CPATA’s work to enhance the competence of IP professionals!