Practical Experience

In addition to formal education and the common final examination, the CPA certification program requires CPA candidates to complete a term of relevant practical experience.

The standards for practical experience apply to certification for entry into the profession only. Practical experience requirements for the practice of public accounting are recognized separately. The specific regulations and bylaws of the CPA Alberta for public accounting take precedence over these general requirements.

Practical Experience Flow Chart

Does my job qualify for the Practical Experience Requirements?

Please note that Candidates interested in determining if their current job, or a prospective one, meets the necessary competency requirements to start the qualifying period of practical experience can complete CPA PE online self-assessment tool.

Pre-approved Program Providers

A list of employers offering programs that have been approved by the profession in advance.

Overview of the CPA practical experience requirements

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