Prerequisite Education Program

What is the Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP)?

The CPA Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP) is a nationally developed accelerated bridging program designed for individuals who have an undergraduate degree but lack some or all of the prerequisites required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).

CPA PREP is designed with the working professional in mind, it’s offered on a part-time basis and combines online learning and self study with options for in-class sessions. Students complete only those modules they require.

Who should enroll in CPA PREP?

  • You have a recognized undergraduate degree but not in accounting.
  • You are missing some or all of the prerequisite courses required for CPA PEP.
  • You have a recognized international degree but may be missing prerequisites (e.g. Canadian content).
  • You have a degree in accounting and graduated more than 10 years ago.

For more information view the PREP brochure.

Your first step towards becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant is to create a CPA Profile.

Create Your CPA Profile

After your profile has been created, you will need to login and update your educational history so it correctly matches all official transcripts that you will be submitting for assesment. You will then be ready to request and pay for a transcript assessment and mail in your transcripts.

Once your transcript assessment is complete, we will contact you via email indicating it has been completed. At that time you will be advised to login to your profile at my.cpawsb.ca to view your completed assessment results.

Your completed transcript assessment will indicate which prerequisites you are missing for CPA PEP. From there, you have two choices. One way you can meet the missing prerequisites is by enrolling in the appropriate CPA Prerequisite Education Program (PREP) modules.

View CPA PREP Modules and Schedule

Alternatively, you can complete your missing prerequisites at a post-secondary institution in Alberta. Click here to see a listing of approved courses.

Download detailed instructions outlining the Enrollment Process.

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Ciel's Story

“I [always] had a hard time deciding whether I wanted to be a CA, a CMA, or a CGA, and then they came out with CPA and I thought, ‘This is perfect. Now is the right time.’”

Ciel Stiganduhr, CPA PREP Student

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Marina's Story

"The flexibility of this program is a perfect fit for me. As someone who works full-time, I love being able to learn at my own pace. Choosing between online, classroom or self study has really let me work the program into my schedule."

Marina Tungland, CPA PREP Student

Read Marina's full story here.

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