International Candidates

International Designates

CPA Alberta is committed to providing internationally-trained applicants with fast, fair, transparent, and consistent assessment of their education and professional credentials.

Several agreements exist to allow members of international accounting bodies to become Canadian CPAs in Alberta.

Prior to the unification of the accounting profession in Alberta, there were three accounting designations: Chartered Accountants (CA), Certified General Accountants (CGA) and Certified Management Accountants (CMA). Now referred to as legacy designations, each had its own set of Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) and Reciprocal Membership Agreements (RMAs) with international accounting bodies.

CPA Canada is negotiating recognition agreements with many international accounting bodies. Until these are complete, agreements between the three legacy bodies and international accounting bodies remain in effect.

Please click any one of the legacy designations below to see which option best applies to you.

International Degree Holders

If your designation was not listed above please follow the enrollment process for international degree holders. International degrees must be evaluated for Canadian equivalency by IQASICES or WES (or by any member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada). The report will be required for a CPA transcript assessment.

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 the Professional Education Program (CPA PEP)
  6. Register for CPA PEP modules

* Based on the results of your assessment, you may need to take additional prerequisite courses through CPA preparatory courses or from a recognized post-secondary institution.

** Once your program admission application is approved, your final step is to register for any PEP or preparatory courses you are required to complete, when registration opens for those courses. Log into My CPA Profile, select Program Admission, then select Module Registration.

* Based on the results of your assessment, you may need to take additional prerequisite courses through CPA preparatory courses or from a recognized post-secondary institution.

** Once your program admission application is approved, your final step is to register for any PEP or preparatory courses you are required to complete, when registration opens for those courses. Log into My CPA Profile, select Program Admission, then select Module Registration.

Fees and Schedules

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

Resources

Resources for new Canadians can be found here.
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