I have been working for my current employer for a bit more than 2 years and I am now job hunting outside of this firm. I am currently moving to the 2nd step in a 3-step interview process at a different firm, which means I may or may not land the job although I have reasons to believe I have good chances. Counting at least 1-2 weeks for next steps and 2 weeks notice, if I were to leave it would be 1 month from now minimum. I do not have other prospects so the timeline really opens up after that.
Every year at my current firm I was able to obtain reimbursement for my professional association fees with no strings attached (i.e. without the standard stay-for-x-months condition). I have recently paid said fees and I am now considering whether it would be inappropriate to ask for reimbursement. The total fees are close to 1K CAD. My employer is a profitable small-medium business (20 employees locally, 250 total).
Financially, I can do without this money. Professionally, I would rather not burn bridges with my current employer as I do have a good relation with them. Finally, we do not have policies on this or an anonymous HR hotline where to ask such questions.
What is the recommended course of action?
Edit: my employer does not explicitly require my association but strongly benefits from it for the credibility it has with our clients. My current prospect is less likely to care about this association although it does slightly boost credibility on my resume. It may or may not cover for it but will definitely not be required.