Prerequisite Subject Area Coverage

The specific competency expectations of the CPA are defined in the CPA Competency Map, which describes the knowledge, skills and proficiency levels expected of candidates at the point of qualification. The CPA Competency Map Knowledge Supplement provides more specific details for each subject area.

The CPA competency map does not specify course requirements required for admission to the CPA program. Rather, it identifies requirements for specific subject area coverage. Therefore, specific courses will vary by educational institution but candidates will be required to have specific subject area coverage of:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Finance
  • Auditing
  • Economics
  • Business Law
  • Statistics
  • Information Systems
  • Strategic Management

The CPA preparatory courses are designed to provide the required subject area coverage.

You may also view or download the list of approved courses available through Alberta post-secondary institutions that meet the subject area coverage requirements.

PEP Transfer Credit Guide

Legacy Program Courses

For students who were completing prerequisites required for entry into the legacy Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified General Accountant (CGA) professional programs, these prerequisites will be accepted for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) until June, 2017. Students must meet the prerequisites of only one legacy pathway to be accepted for entry into CPA PEP. Students will not be able to combine transcript evaluation results from the CA, CMA, CGA or CPA PREP pathways.

For students who complete the prerequisites for any of the legacy pathways and are accepted for entry into CPA PEP, Module Zero, currently offered by the CA Western School of Business (CAWSB), is designed to fill any knowledge gaps between the legacy programs and CPA PEP.

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