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The CAP has three categories of individual membership: Full, Affiliate and Student. The fee structure is tailored to the various stages of an individual's career. Individual members are represented on CAP Council by appropriate Directors, Regional Councillors, and the CAP Executive.
Online Application Forms (new members)
Check and Renew Membership (existing members)
NOTE - Students renewing their membership must complete the form below and then will be contacted by the CAP office to finalize their renewal.
Full members are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association, including the rights to vote and hold office.
The minimum requirements for admission as a Full Member are either:
- a degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent degree from a recognized university in Physics, Physics and Chemistry, Applied Physics, Physics and Biology, Engineering Physics, Astrophysics, Physics and Geology or an allied course, or
- the equivalent of four full years of experience in some field of physics of a nature satisfactory to the Membership Committee.
- Full Members, who pay an annual additional fee of $100 may be designated as Sustaining Members.
- Reduced fees are offered to Full Members who are retired or within four years of obtaining their highest degree.
- Joint Full Memberships are available at reduced fees with the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP), and the Canadian Astronomical Association (CASCA).
Affiliate Members are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association except the rights to vote and hold office, with the exception of voting for and holding office of the Director of Affiliate Members.
The requirements for admission as an Affiliate Member are either:
- the applicant does not fulfill the requirements for membership as given above for Full Members but does possess a degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or an equivalent degree or diploma from a recognized institution, or
- the applicant holds professional membership in an association acceptable for these purposes to the Membership Committee, or
- the applicant is not qualified for other membership categories but wishes to support the CAP by becoming an Affiliate Member, or
- the applicant has such other qualifications as Council may from time to time decide.
High School / Junior College Teacher Membership is a special class of Affiliate Membership offered at a reduced rate to qualified applicants.
The requirement for admission as a High School / Junior College Teacher member shall be that the applicant fulfills the requirements for Full or Affiliate membership but is employed primarily as a High School or Junior College Teachers and elects not to apply for membership as a Full Member or Affiliate Member as the case may be.
Student Members are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Association except the rights to vote and hold office, which the exception of voting for and holding the office of Student Director. There is no fee charged for Student membership in the CAP for undergraduates at Canadian universities; Physics in Canada is available for a nominal extra charge.
The requirement for admission as a Student Member is either:
- registration in an undergraduate course in Physics, or allied course, approved by the Membership Committee, in a recognized university; or
- employment in a laboratory, the nature of which employment has been approved by the Membership committee.
Only those who are registered as undergraduate students in a course leading to a bachelor's degree in physics or an allied subject are normally eligible to join the CAP as Student Members.
NOTE: Graduate students satisfy the qualifications for Full Membership and therefore apply as Full Members; the first year of membership for a graduate student in a Canadian university is free, after which reduced membership rates apply.