Details of the Canadian CPA Certification Program
The CPA certification program consists of:
DIAGRAM OF POTENTIAL IMPLEMENTATION OF CPA PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
ACADEMIC PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION TO THE CPA PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
An undergraduate degree is required for admission to the new CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). The CPA profession will also partner with Canadian colleges and universities to offer non-degree holders the opportunity to obtain an undergraduate degree while obtaining the required prerequisite courses.
In addition to an undergraduate degree, there will be specific subject area coverage which all candidates will be required to complete. CPA provincial bodies are working directly with the post-secondary institutions in their provinces to develop specific course requirements.
Those candidates/students who did not acquire the prerequisite subject area coverage as part of their undergraduate degree (for example, non-Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) graduates) will be able to meet this requirement through the new CPA Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP), an accelerated bridging program offered nationally by the profession and delivered on a part-time basis. The requirement could also be met through accredited programs in post-secondary institutions.
CPA PREREQUISITE EDUCATION PROGRAM (CPA PREP)
The CPA Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP) is an intensive accelerated bridging program aimed at those who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than accounting and lack some or all of the necessary prerequisite courses required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).
A national program, delivered on a part-time basis to offer students maximum flexibility and accessibility, CPA PREP uses a blend of online, self-study and classroom learning. A modularized program made up of 12 modules, students complete only those modules they require. Each module will end with an evaluation.
Modules 1 – 4
Modules 5 – 12
While Modules 5 –12 can be taken out of sequence, provided a candidate has met the academic requirements to do so, for best results we strongly recommend they be completed in the following order:
CPA PREP launched across Canada in English in summer 2013 with the exception of Quebec.
For more information on the CPA Prerequisite Education Program, please visit http://www.cpapro.ca/become-a-cpa/
CPA PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
The CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) is being built on the new CPA competency map. CPA PEP comprises a series of modules that focus primarily on enhancing CPA candidates’ ability to apply professional knowledge, and professional values, ethics and attitudes in a professional context. The modules also include some knowledge acquisition beyond the academic prerequisite level. The program will take candidates two years to complete on a part-time basis as they work at relevant employment.
CPA PEP’s structure and content are being developed nationally and delivered provincially/regionally.
The modularized program will comprise:
*A “capstone” course is a culminating course where candidates demonstrate all that has been learned over the program of study.
The CPA profession is also developing national accreditation standards for post-secondary institutions interested in offering components of the CPA Professional Education Program. It is expected that full-time, one-year graduate programs will be accredited.
These university programs will be based on learning outcomes substantially equivalent to those of the profession-delivered program.