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Call to Participate – Seeking Licensees for the Qualifying Examinations Redevelopment and Administration

CPATA is seeking agents to contribute their expertise to the 2024 and 2025 Qualifying Examinations! The subject matter expertise brought to this process by IP professionals ensure that the new competency profiles and exams represent and accurately measure the real-world skills used by agents to support their clients. We have already filled 65 positions and there are only a few openings left – submit an expression of interest to participate. 

To ensure diversity in representation in these working groups, we are particularly interested in hearing from in-house, solo practitioner and/or bilingual agents outside of Quebec and Ontario. However, we encourage everyone who is interested to make a submission. 


Group  Tasks  Required  Commitment 
Skills Exam Advisory Groups  

– approving a development guide and sample exam (Jan 2024) 

– develop the 2024 exam content (Feb-July 2024) 

– mark the 2024 exam submissions (Sept-Dec 2024) 

5 Class 1 or 2 patent agents, at least two bilingual. Patent Agent Group – Filled


2 bilingual Class 1 or 2 trademark agents. Trademark Agent Group – Filled

One year starting in January 2024 
Standard-Setting Groups for the 2024 Knowledge Examinations  

– attending a training session 

– test-writing the exams  

– participating in two standard-setting sessions  

10 class 1 or 2 patent agents  


10 class 1 or 2 trademark agents. Trademark Agent Group – Filled

24 hours over the course of 4 days on the following dates: 


Trademark Knowledge Examination   

March 6-7 and March 11-12, 2024    


Patent Knowledge Examination  

April 2 – 5, 2024   

Item Development Groups for the 2025 Knowledge Examinations  

– attending an item development training session (April 2024) 

– developing 12 multiple-choice questions using a pre-approved development guide (April-May 2024) 

– conducting a peer review of another set of 12 items (May-June 2024) 

15 Class 1 or 2 patent agents. Patent Agent Group – Filled


15 Class 1 or 2 trademark agents. Trademark Agent Group – Filled 


12-16 hours between April and June 2024 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the competency initiative or the item development work, please do not hesitate to contact Jen Slabodkin, the Director of Registration & Education, Deputy Registrar at    

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