Getting Started

Choose the right starting point

Your academic background will determine where you start on the path to becoming a CPA. The CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) requires an undergraduate degree (in any discipline) along with required prerequisite courses as defined by the subject area coverage.

If you have met all the requirements, you'll be able to enroll into CPA PEP. If you have a recognized degree but do not have the required prerequisites, the CPA Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP) may be your best choice for completing them.


The path to becoming a CPA


Use the following descriptions to help you choose the right starting point.

CPA PREP (Prerequisite Education Program)

  • You have a recognized undergraduate degree but not in accounting.
  • You are missing some or all of the prerequisite courses required for the CPA Professional Education Program.
  • You have a recognized international degree but may be missing prerequisites (e.g. Canadian content).
  • You have a degree in accounting but are not a recent post-secondary graduate.

CPA PEP (Professional Education Program)

  • You are a current post-secondary student completing a recognized undergraduate degree with a focus on accounting and will have all the PEP prerequisites completed by the time you complete your degree.
  • You are a recent post-secondary grad that has a recognized undergraduate degree with a focus on accounting.
  • You are confident you have completed all of the prerequisite courses required for the CPA Professional Education Program.
  • You are a current post-secondary student or recent post-secondary graduate and are completing or have met legacy CA, CMA or CGA prerequisite requirements.

Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF)

  • You are working in an accounting function and are interested in career advancement but you do not have a recognized Canadian accounting credential or a degree;
  • You are a college graduate of a two-year accounting diploma program or have completed equivalent courses; or
  • You are an internationally trained accountant seeking Canadian applied accounting and finance skills.

Should English be a second language, it is important to recognize that high levels of English speaking and writing skills are essential to finding success in the CPA PREP, PEP and ACAF programs. While not required, it is highly recommended that students score at least an 8 on the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks tests prior to enrolling in the CPA programs.

Are you a current CGA student or have you completed prerequisites for a legacy program? Click here.

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