Code of professional standards

Members of the Canadian Association of Professional Educators are pledged to maintain the spirit and ideals of the following stated principles of conduct, and to consider these essential to their educator practice.

  1. A member shall demonstrate the highest professional standards in the practice of education. Members shall conduct their professional lives in a manner that does not conflict with the dignity of the individual, and with respect for the rights of the public as contained in the Constitution of Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  2. A member shall practice the highest standards of honesty, accuracy, integrity and truth, and shall not knowingly disseminate false or misleading knowledge of information. Members shall not make extravagant claims or unfair comparisons, nor assume to influence pupils with their personal opinion / bias. Members shall not assume credit for ideas and words not their own. Members shall not engage in professional or personal conduct that will bring discredit to themselves, CAPE Canada or the education profession.
  3. A member shall deal fairly with past or present employers / clients, fellow educators and members of other professions. Members shall not intentionally damage another educator’s practice or professional reputation. Members shall understand, respect and abide by the ethical codes of other professions with whose members they may work from time to time.
  4. A member shall protect the confidences of present, former and prospective employers/clients. Members shall not use or disclose confidential information obtained from past or present employers / clients without the expressed permission of the employers / clients or an order of a court of law.
  5. A member shall demonstrate the highest standards in mentoring. Members shall make clear their expectations to trainees, apprentices and co-op students and be accountable for providing training that will prepare the trainee for the required position
  6. A member shall not represent conflicting or competing interests without the expressed consent of those concerned, given after a full disclosure of the facts. Members shall not permit personal or other professional interest to conflict with those of an employer / client without fully disclosing such interests to everyone involved
  7. A member shall not guarantee specified results beyond the member’s capacity to achieve.
  8. A member shall personally accept no fees, commissions, gifts or any other considerations for professional services from anyone except employers or clients for whom the services were specifically performed.