CPA Preparatory Courses

What are CPA preparatory courses?

CPA preparatory courses* are a suite of 14 courses that provide all knowledge requirements for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) and the entry and technical courses for CPA Canada’s Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (CPA ACAF).

Designed with the working professional in mind, courses are offered on a part-time basis and combine online learning and self-study with options for in-class sessions. Students complete only those courses they require.

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CPA preparatory courses will now only be referred to by their course name:

Type Former CPA PREP Modules CPA preparatory courses
Non-core Module 1: Introductory Financial Accounting Introductory Financial Accounting
Non-core Module 2: Introductory Management Accounting Introductory Management Accounting
Non-core Module 3: Economics Economics
Non-core Module 4: Statistics Statistics
Core Module 5.1: Intermediate Financial Reporting 1 Intermediate Financial Reporting 1
Core Module 5.2: Intermediate Financial Reporting 2 Intermediate Financial Reporting 2
Core Module 5.3: Advanced Financial Reporting Advanced Financial Reporting
Core Module 6: Corporate Finance Corporate Finance
Core Module 7: Audit and Assurance Audit and Assurance
Core Module 8: Taxation Taxation
Core Module 9: Intermediate Management Accounting Intermediate Management Accounting
Core Module 10: Performance Management Performance Management
Non-core Module 11: Business Law Business Law
Non-core Module 12: Information Technology Information Technology

Entrance Requirements

  • One year (30 credit hours) of post-secondary in any discipline, diploma or degree program offered by any recognized post-secondary institution; or
  • Three years of relevant work experience (exposure to accounting and/or finance functions)

Note: Students are required to complete a degree before admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).

Enrollment Process

  1. Create a CPA profile
  2. Enter your post-secondary information
  3. Request a transcript assessment
  4. Submit post-secondary transcripts for evaluation**
  5. Enroll in CPA preparatory courses
  6. Register for courses

Read the detailed Program Enrollment Guide

**Your assessment will indicate which prerequisites you are missing for CPA PEP. You can meet the missing prerequisites is by enrolling in the appropriate CPA preparatory courses. Alternatively, you can complete your missing prerequisites at a post-secondary institution in Alberta.

Fees and Schedules

Please visit the CPA Western School of Business website for information about fees and course schedules.


*Formally called CPA Prerequisite Education Program or CPA PREP

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