In addition to being a member in good standing in one of the international bodies with an RMA agreement, you must:
- Be a Canadian Citizen or legally permitted to work or study in Canada (for more information, visit the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship at www.cic.gc.ca);
- Have been working in the accounting profession in the jurisdiction in which the international designation was obtained for a 2 year period, immediately before receiving your foreign designation (a reduction of this time may be requested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information).
- The first step for most RMA’s is determining if you are eligible for admission to CPA Alberta through one of the current RMAs is to complete the Pre-Assessment Questionnaire (PAQ) and email it to email@example.com. Please click on the links below to review the steps to apply for membership via this MRA.
How to complete the PAQ:
- Section 1 – personal information and citizenship status;
- Section 2 – residency declaration – please provide where you were working in the accounting profession, and the number of years immediately prior to being admitted into membership;
- Section 3 – Post Secondary Education – list any post secondary education you have – degrees/ diplomas;
- Section 4 – Professional Memberships - list all Professional Accounting Memberships you have, all questions in this section are mandatory;
- Section 5 – Work Experience, list all work experience in accounting related fields;
- Include a detailed copy of your resume.
Your PAQ will be reviewed within 5 – 10 business days. Based on the results, you will be provided with guidance on your next steps.
For next steps for each RMA, please click on the international accounting body you are a member with:
Please note: Approval for admission to membership solely qualifies the applicant for certification as a CPA in Alberta; it does not provide the rights to practice professional or public accounting. All CPA members are required to meet Alberta’s Professional Accounting Firm Registration Criteria (PAFRC). More information on the professional and public accounting requirements can be found here.
The PDPA Education Module
The PDPA module covers the technical knowledge required for public accounting registration, including tax, assurance, financial reporting, finance, and strategy and governance. It is a self-study module that consists of reading resources, practice problems and multiple-choice questions covering the CPA Competency Map at the elective level. There are no deadlines, submissions or face-to-face components (for example, workshops) to the module.
Designed as a preparatory module, participants are provided with a suggested eight-week study schedule to assist with the preparation of the PDPA examination. Candidates must enroll in the PDPA module to be eligible to write the PDPA examination. While the PDPA module covers a large majority of the technical knowledge outlined in the CPA Competency Map for licensure and assessed on the PDPA examination, participants may need to supplement their knowledge with additional resources.
The PDPA Examination
The PDPA examination consists of multiple-choice questions and one case-based question testing the required technical knowledge for public accounting registration. See the PDPA examination blueprint for more information.
Members must complete the PDPA module to be eligible to write the PDPA examination.
The future PDPA education module and examination offerings are scheduled to meet member demand and are offered at least annually.