Students enrolled in CPA prerequisite course work need to be careful about how they represent their status so as not to confuse the general public about professional accounting qualifications. The term “CPA Student” is misleading, so should not be used.
The act prohibits use of any CPA-related titles after your name. You may present all and any completed qualifications, but overseas accounting credentials should not be listed as they are not officially recognized in Alberta.
The following are acceptable:
- Jenny Smith MBA, BCom (Accounting)
- John Smith BSc (Accounting and Finance)
Enrollment in CPA prerequisite courses is certainly a desirable quality for employers, and you will want to present this clearly as near as possible at the top of your resume or LinkedIn profile. As stated, it is also important to not misrepresent your qualifications. In a paragraph or bullet, you can describe education and designation status as follows:
- Currently enrolled in CPA prerequisite courses through CPA Western School of Business, with expected entry to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) in 20XX.
- Currently enrolled in CPA prerequisite courses through MacEwan University, with targeted entry to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) in 20XX.
How you describe your CPA-related education will depend on which educational institution you are/were enrolled with for your courses. Describe education and CPA standing as follows: