Getting Started

Your path to a career in accounting

You are ready to get started and pursue a dynamic, fulfilling career in business and accounting. Your journey will be full of rich experiences and challenging, exciting opportunities. Your journey will also be unique—the first steps you take will depend on your academic background and your current circumstances (such as your eligibility for our programs and what your career aspirations are).

Whether you are seeking to attain the CPA professional accounting designation through the CPA Professional Education Program, or you are interested in enhancing your career potential through an intermediate-level accounting certification (through our Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance), CPA Alberta offers you options for pursuing a rewarding career in accounting.

If you need some or all of the prerequisite courses for either of these paths, then you can take CPA preparatory courses (formerly known as Prerequisite Education Program, or PREP) to acquire them.

  Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP)
Credential Nationally recognized certificate for those seeking a challenging and rewarding career in accounting and finance, but not as qualified CPAs. The CPA Designation is Canada's pre-eminent, globally recognized professional business and accounting designation.
  • 11 courses
    • Six applied technical courses
    • Two elective courses
    • Three ACAF-specific courses
  • 6 modules
    • Two core modules
    • Two elective modules
    • Two capstone modules
  • Evaluation: Common Final Evaluation (CFE)
Entrance Requirements
  • Two-year accounting diploma or equivalent courses/experience (no degree required)
  • Prerequisites covering specific knowledge requirements
  • Undergraduate degree or Master's degree
  • 120 credit hours or equivalent education (30 credit hours/academic year)
  • Prerequisites covering specific knowledge requirements
  • One year of full-time, online study
  • Can be completed part-time based on student's schedule
  • Two years of structured,
    part-time study
  • Must be employed in a relevant, progressive position prior to earning designation
Practical Experience Requirements None 30 months of mentored, progressive practical experience
Ongoing Professional Development Requirements None. However, certificate holders will have access to professional development programs designed specifically for certificate holders.
Mandatory and monitored by CPA Alberta

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