In addition to completing CPA PEP and the common final examination (CFE), the CPA certification program requires a term of relevant practical experience. The knowledge and competencies gained through practical experience complement those developed through education.
Practical experience requirements for the practice of public accounting are recognized separately from practical experience requirements for certification. The specific regulations and bylaws of the provincial/regional body and the specific licensing regime or authority within each provincial body to control public accounting take precedence over these general requirements.
CPA PEP candidates have seven years to meet the CPA certification program experience requirements, starting from the date of admission into CPA PEP.
There are five things to remember about CPA certification experience requirements:
Current candidates are expected to regularly log into the Practical Experience Reporting Tool (PERT), report their experience and check for any outstanding action items. User guides are available within PERT for instructions on reporting and using the tool.
Practical experience is administered by the provincial CPA bodies. For additional information regarding practical experience, please visit the following websites:
If you have additional questions, please contact the provincial CPA bodies directly: