Your Path to CPA

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Earn the grades to graduate high school and gain admission to university or college. Pursuing a degree in Commerce or Business (with a major in accounting) is your quickest route to earning a professional accounting designation. It is a good idea to research the admission requirements for the program(s) you’re interested in and then meet with a post-secondary admissions or career counsellor to discuss how to get started.

High School Path to CPA diagram

For a more in-depth look at what you need to become a Chartered Professional Accountant, head over to Getting Started.

Alberta Post-Secondary Institutions Degree Programs

The quickest path to becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant is to get a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Here is a list of Alberta post-secondary institutions that offer degree programs recognized by the CPA profession.

Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Commerce
Concordia University of Edmonton
  • Bachelor of Management
MacEwan University
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Applied Business Administration
Mount Royal University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
NAIT
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Applied Business Administration
SAIT
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Applied Business Administration
University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Commerce
University of Calgary
  • Bachelor of Commerce
University of Lethbridge
  • Bachelor of Management

*Depending on transfer agreements, students may be able to apply their two year diploma credits towards the above degree program. Visit www.acat.gov.ab.ca for more information.

*Recognized post-secondary institutions and programs may change without notice. View or download the most current list here.

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