Difference Between Certification And Registration
The Professional Education Program (PEP) prepares candidates to successfully pass the Common Final Exam (CFE). Certification is the process required to obtain the CPA designation through education, examination and practical experience requirements.
After being admitted into membership with a provincial body (certification), members who provide public practice services must seek public practice registration, either individually, as part of a firm, or both. It is important to note that public practice includes public accounting and other regulated services. Candidates should contact the respective provincial body for information about public practice eligibility requirements.
As noted in the diagram above, candidates who wish to pursue public accounting (Audit and Review stream) must meet the following education requirements:
- PEP Electives: Assurance and Taxation
- CFE Role: Assurance
- CFE Depth: Financial Reporting, Assurance
In addition, candidates must also consider the experience requirements from their governing province. A CPAWSB Academic Advisor is here to help discuss your specific circumstances, advise you what education requirements will need to be met and connect with your province to discuss your experience requirements.
Please refer to the FAQs regarding public accounting requirements using the following link: Public Accounting (Registration/Licensure) - FAQs