CUPE 2950 Professional Development Fund

Funding is available to support the ongoing professional development of staff in the CUPE 2950 employment group.

The intent of the funding is to encourage and support employees to access learning activities that will enhance current job performance as well as to support skill development that will open up opportunities for transfer and promotion throughout the University.

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Claim Submission Update

Updated February 08, 2018

Current Funding Year : 2017/18 (April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018).

2017/18 Submission Deadline:  Friday March 23, 2018.

Please submit your completed claim form to Human Resources through campus mail within 60 days of the expense payment date and no later than March 23, 2018 to meet the March 31 year-end deadline.

If you do not use the full value of your PD funds this current fiscal year, note that they do not rollover; they will expire on March 31, 2018. 

You may register and submit a PD expense claim this current funding year for a learning activity that will occur next funding year. However, you can not split and allocate a portion of an individual expense such as a single workshop registration fee amount to this current year and the next.

Maximum Yearly Claim Amount: The maximum claim amount increased to $1,400 for the current funding year.  This maximum amount is pro rated if you work less than 50% part time.

Status of CUPE 2950 PD Fund: Open and accepting PD expense claims  on a first come, first served basis for the current funding year.

PD Funding Pool Availability: Based on claim patterns this year, it is anticipated that the CUPE 2950 staff PD funding pool will accommodate all PD expense claim submissions through to the March 31 year-end.

Next Funding Year: April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019. The CUPE 2950 PD Fund will refresh on April 1, 2018.  Eligible PD claim submissions for the next funding year will be accepted as of April 1, 2018.

How to Apply for Reimbursement

  1. Confirm your CUPE 2950 PD Fund enrollment status and available balance in Faculty & Staff Self Service (Click the “staff PD ” tab to view your funding details);
  2. Review the CUPE 2950 PD Guidelines (also known as the Job Skills Training Program or JSTP);
  3. Confirm your manager’s support for your PD activity request prior to payment/purchase;
  4. Pay upfront for your learning activity or arrange to have your department pay upfront on your behalf;
  5. Complete the PD Fund Expense Claim Form (PDF);
  6. Mail or drop off  your completed claim form and supporting documentation within 60 days of your original PD activity purchase date to:

Human Resources – Staff PD Funds
600 – 6190 Agronomy Road (Tef 3)
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Expense claims are not accepted by email.

How To Pay for a Human Resources Professional Development Workshop Fee (formally known as MOST workshops).

Please follow these special PD Fund application procedures to arrange a direct payment of a Professional Development@UBC Workshop fee using your available CUPE 2950 PD funds.

Eligible Professional Development Activities

All activities must be related to current job enhancement or career progression at the University. The fund can not be used for any other purpose. Additional details can be found in the program guidelines.

Typical professional development activities include: courses, workshops, certificate/diploma and academic degree programs, conferences, textbooks/ resource books, and professional memberships. Travel related expenses are also covered for out of town conferences.

Before using the funding for software, technology or workplace business skills training, please consider using your free access to through the UBC staff and faculty group licence. See for details

Please note: Authorizing managers should not request a staff person to access this funding for basic job-related skill development and training that is required for, or integral to, effective functioning in a position. (It is the responsibility of the department to cover these types of operational costs.)


Employees with CUPE 2950 employment group affiliation are eligible to apply for up to $1,400* in professional development funding for the current 2017-2018 funding year April 1, 2017 through  March 31, 2018.

*The annual funding limit is pro-rated for staff working less than .50 FTE.

PD expense claims are approved on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to the availability of the overall funding pool each year.

When to Apply

You may submit a PD expense claim as soon as you have made your upfront purchase and have your receipts and any additional back up documentation noted on the claim form on hand.

Receipts must be submitted to Human Resources within 60 days of the original PD expense purchase date (as shown on receipt).

Review & Reimbursement Process

One of our Workplace Learning Associates in Human Resources will review your completed PD Expense claim to ensure:

  • it is within your available individual funding limit,
  • it is consistent with the PD Fund guidelines, and
  • includes all required signatures, receipts and back-up documentation.

Claims submitted that do not meet the above criteria will be declined funding support by Human Resources.

You will receive a confirmation email once your claim has been reviewed and processed. Please note that the reimbursement process may take up to 15 business days during busy periods. If you submit an incomplete application to the PD Fund the reimbursement process will be delayed.

If you paid the upfront costs out of pocket, you will be reimbursed by direct bank deposit. If the upfront costs were paid by your department on your behalf, the PD fund coordinator will arrange reimbursement to your department by Journal Voucher transfer. If you applied for PD Funding to pay for a professional development workshop offered through Human Resources, the PD fund coordinator will arrange payment on your behalf using your available PD Funds.

Employees on Recall

Priority funding will be provided to displaced employees or those with impending layoffs. Special application procedures apply. Please contact Susanna Mulligan, PD Funds Manager at or 604.822.9273 for details.


Contact Cathy Faulconer, Workplace Learning Associate , 604.822.6314.