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You must meet two conditions to register in a second course: 

  1. The exams must be scheduled for different times. Exam schedules are set nationally and cannot be changed. Check the CPA preparatory courses exam schedule to ensure the exams are not scheduled for the same date and time.  
  2. You must meet any prerequisites for the second course. 

CPA preparatory courses are very demanding and we recommend you plan an average of 20 hours of study time per week for core courses and non-core courses. Students should expect to spend additional time if they are less familiar with any concepts. Given this time commitment, we recommend you enroll in only one course per semester. If you plan to enroll in two courses concurrently, meeting the time commitment may be challenging if you are also working. To discuss your options, please contact our advising team at prepadvising@cpawsb.ca

For core courses, grades are released on the Wednesday before the next semester courses start on Saturday. You can conditionally register for your next core course and if you are unsuccessful in passing your prerequisite course examination, we will automatically withdraw you and provide a full refund of the course fees. 

The flexible model of CPA preparatory courses means you can select your examination date immediately after you register for a course or wait to choose an exam date when you feel ready to do so. There is no downside or penalty for waiting, please keep the following in mind: 

  1. You must attempt the course end examination within one year of the course start date. The start date for non-core courses is considered the course registration date. 
  2. You must register for your selected exam date at least six weeks before the exam. 
  3. You can change your exam date once you have selected it; however, a withdrawal fee will apply if you decide to change your exam date within six weeks of the exam. 

Please review the exam schedule

The fee paid with course registration covers one course registration and one exam registration. Exam withdrawal and rewrite fees (if applicable) are separate. 

If you are taking a core CPA preparatory course you will have access to the course materials in D2L for 12 months from the course start date. At the end of the 12 months, the course will be “retired”, and you will no longer have access. If you are taking a non-core CPA preparatory course, you will have access to the course materials in D2L for one month following the final examination grade release date. At the end of the month, you will no longer have access.

CPA preparatory courses are very demanding and we recommend you plan to spend an average of 20 hours of study time per week for each preparatory course. Students should expect to spend additional time if they are less familiar with any concepts.

If you are registered in core courses, you will be granted access to course materials via the online learning portal no later than the Friday before the course starts. Non-core registrants are provided with access to course materials via our online learning portal within five business days of registration. 

There are 14 CPA preparatory courses with exams offered over five semesters annually. It will take approximately three years to complete all 14 courses, assuming one exam per semester.

Non-core preparatory courses have e-textbooks, except for Information Technology, available through Brightspace (D2L); you will be provided with information on accessing the Bookshelf on electronic devices. Information Technology will have course notes and resources available through Brightspace (D2L). 

Core preparatory courses do not have e-textbooks; all course notes and resources will be available through Brightspace (D2L).

Please refer to the CPA Preparatory Courses Student Guide for more information 

Knotia is CPA Canada’s platform to access the CPA Canada Handbook. You will be provided with access to Knotia once you have access to the course materials in Brightspace (D2L). You will not have access to the Canadian Federal Income Tax Collection or Professional Engagement Guide. 

Contact the CPA Canada Customer Service Department at 1.800.268.3793 or member.services@cpacanada.ca for any issues with your Knotia account. 

You can withdraw from a course via My CPA Portal. If you withdraw before you write the final exam or before your exam time limit expires, you will not be charged an exam attempt. Fees for core preparatory courses are refundable, less an administrative fee, until the course has begun. Fees for non-core preparatory courses are refundable, less an administrative fee, until Brightspace (D2L) access has been granted.  

To withdraw from a course:  

  1. Log into  My CPA Portal 
  2. Click on ‘Registrations’ then ‘Module Registration’ 
  3. In Module Registration click on ‘View’ next to the applicable course 
  4. On the page for the applicable course click on ‘Withdraw’

Before withdrawing we recommend that students contact our delivery team at prepadvising@cpawsb.ca​

Non-Core Preparatory Courses

There are four quizzes based on the e-textbook. These quizzes are not mandatory for completion, but students are encouraged to complete the quizzes to help them prepare for their exam. Quizzes will not contribute to your overall course mark. 

Please refer to the CPA Preparatory Courses Student Guide for more information.

At this time, the non-core courses are not scheduled for redesign. However, Information Technology (ITE) will become a core course (and will be redesigned) in May 2022. 

The evaluation of non-core courses is based 100% on the final exam. Students will need to achieve 50% to pass the exam to pass the course. 

Non-Redesign Core Preparatory Courses

Webinars are available in alternating semesters for core courses that have not been redesigned. If you register for the Distance option, you will approach the preparatory course materials on a self-study basis, following the course schedule for quizzes and mandatory projects. You will have access to all online materials, including pre-recorded lectures, weekly notes, discussion boards, quizzes and mandatory projects. If you register for a webinar option, you will receive access to the same materials as Distance students and will be expected to follow the same schedule; however, the webinar option also offers supplemental live webinars with a facilitator.

Webinars will be recorded, students who register in the webinar option will have access to the recording if they are unable to attend the live webinar.  

Projects are mandatory course components for core CPA preparatory course that have not been redesigned. Failure to submit a mandatory project will result in a course withdrawal and no refund will be provided. 

Please refer to the CPA Preparatory Courses Student Guide for more information.

Please contact prepadvising@cpawsb.ca before the mandatory project deadline. Project extension requests do not guarantee your request will be approved. 

The evaluation of non-redesign core courses will continue to be based on: 

  • 70% - final examination 
  • 18% - two mandatory projects 
  • 12% - six weekly quizzes 

Redesign Core Courses

The redesigned core preparatory courses reflect a shift away from a one-size-fits-all learning experience towards increased learner flexibility. Incorporating technology and increased learner flexibility, each redesigned course will adapt content to meet unique learner needs through customized experiences that integrate interactivity, real-time feedback, and multimedia resources. 

The redesigned courses will also achieve better alignment with the CPA Canada Professional Education Program (PEP). Students will be immersed in the CPA PEP learning structure and will be given the opportunity to study using similar resources. This will ease and enhance students’ transition into the CPA PEP upon completion of preparatory courses.  

2021 Semester 2 (beginning February 2021): 

  • Intermediate Financial Reporting 1 (IF1) 
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting 2 (IF2) 
  • Taxation (TAX) 

2021 Semester 3 (beginning May 2021): 

  • Audit and Assurance (AUA) 

2022 Semester 2 (beginning February 2022): 

  • Advanced Financial Reporting (AFR) 
  • Intermediate Management Accounting (MAA) 

• 2022 Semester 3 (beginning May 2022): 

  • Corporate Finance (COF) 
  • Performance Management (PMA) 
  • Information Technology (ITE) (will become a core course at this time) 

The following non-core preparatory courses are not being redesigned at this time: Introductory Financial Accounting, Introductory Management Accounting, Economics, Statistics, and Business Law. 

The redesigned CPA preparatory courses are designed to allow students to work through course concepts in an effective and efficient manner. The courses will incorporate technology solutions that will adapt course content to meet unique learner needs. 

Each redesigned course contains six units. For each unit, you will complete the following learning activities in this order: 

  • Smartbook and adaptive questions 
  • Assigned practice problems 
  • Assigned task-based simulations 
  • Unit quizzes 

Please refer to the CPA Preparatory Courses Student Guide for more information. 

You will need to achieve a minimum overall grade of 75 percent on your course activities, by the end of your six-week course, for your redesigned core course. This is used to determine your exam eligibility. The following unit activities contribute to your course completion grade: 

  • Adaptive Smartbook Questions and Assignments 
  • Practice Problems 
  • Task-based Simulations 
  • Quizzes 

Please refer to the CPA Preparatory Courses Student Guide for more information. 

Please contact prepadvising@cpawsb.ca before the unit activity’s deadline. Requests do not guarantee it will be approved. 

  • Consistent with PEP, to be eligible to write the course exam, you must achieve a minimum grade of 75% on course activities. The grade will be comprised of a combination of reasonable attempt and performance on activities. 
    • If you do not meet this requirement, you may not be eligible to write the course exam. 
  • Once you are eligible to write the course exam, the exam grade becomes your final course grade. In other words, the exam grade is weighted 100% towards the course grade (and the other activities completed in the course do not count towards the course grade). 
  • You must achieve a minimum grade on the exam of 60% to pass the exam. If you achieve 50-59% on the exam, you may rewrite the exam without retaking the course. If you achieve below 50% on the exam, the course must be retaken (and eligibility towards the exam must be attained again). 

If you have completed their coursework under the previous course format (70% final examination, 18% project, and 12% quizzes) and will be writing the exam after the course has been redesigned, you will: 

  • Have access to the Smartbook and redesigned course for study purposes but will not be required to complete the course learning activities 
  • Be eligible to write the exam 
  • Be subject to the new grading structure, where the final exam is worth 100% of the grade 

You will be required to register for the redesigned course. You will: 

  • Have access to the Smartbook and redesigned course, and will be required to complete the course learning activities 
  • Be required to achieve 75% on the course learning activities (as described above) to be eligible to write the exam 
  • Be subject to the new grading structure, where the final exam is worth 100% of the grade 

At this time, you must complete course activities within six weeks of the course start date. You will see the scheduled due dates in Brightspace (D2L) for each activity. The completion of these activities will count towards the 75% curse completion requirement to write the course exam. Upon meeting the 75% eligibility requirement, you have one year to write the exam. 

If you do not achieve a minimum grade of 75% on course learning activities within the six instructional weeks, you will not be eligible to write the course exam. You will be charged with a failed course attempt and be withdrawn from the course. You will be required to register for the course and pay the applicable fees again. 

You will have access to lead facilitators on the course discussion board. Please contact prepadvising@cpawsb.ca if you have any administrative questions. 

In-class and webinar sessions will not be offered; however, redesigned courses will include several instructional opportunities such as e-lessons and learning activity debrief materials including videos. You can also reach out to lead facilitators if you have any questions about the course materials. 

Sample exam questions and accompanying solutions will be available in the redesigned courses.