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Brightspace (D2L) Manual

Brightspace (D2L) is the Learning Management System (LMS) used for delivering the CPA Preparatory Courses. This Brightspace (D2L) Manual is designed to help familiarize yourself with the online learning platform before your course officially begins. It includes instructions, but is not limited to, on how to effectively set up your account settings to submitting assignments.

English Language Support  

Visit the English Language Support webpage for additional resources to help you improve your effectiveness with your English communication skills.

CPA Canada Certification Resource Centre

CPA Canada’s Certification Resource Centre offers valuable resources for students taking CPA preparatory courses, including guidance on the structure and administration of courses as well as regulations for course examinations.

CPA Preparatory Courses Textbook List

A physical copy of the textbook is not included in the course fee and is not required, we recommend you use the e-textbook available to you. If you wish to purchase a physical copy of the textbook, you may do so at your own discretion. These are the CPA preparatory courses that use a textbook:

  • Economics: 
    • Cohen, Avi J., Microeconomics for Life: Smart Choices for You, updated 2nd edition (Pearson Canada, 2020) (includes in-text Study Guide)
    • Cohen, Avi J., Macroeconomics for Life: Smart Choices for All, updated 2nd edition (Pearson Canada, 2020) (includes in-text Study Guide)
  • Statistics:
    • McClave, Benson, Sincich, Statistics for Business and Economics, Fourteenth Edition
  • Business Law:
    • Yates, Richard et al., Business Law in Canada, Thirteenth Edition (Pearson, 2023)

The remaining CPA preparatory courses do not use textbooks. All the course notes and resources are created by CPA Canada and will be available through Brightspace (D2L).

D2L Dropbox Filename Generator Tool 

The D2L Dropbox Filename Generator tool is available for download in Excel for all candidates. The tool may be updated each session, so please ensure you are always using the most recent version of the tool to ensure compliance with the current file naming convention.

CPA PEP Examination Performance Rates

Visit the CPA Canada Website to view the CPA PEP Exam Pass Rates, including the CFE.

CPA Canada CFE Board of Examiners Report

Visit the CPA Canada Website to access the published CPA Canada CFE Board of Examiners Reports. Each report includes the cases on the CFE, an explanation of the CFE process, suggestions on how candidates can improve their performance, and the CFE marking methodology. 

Most of the cases included in the CFE Report may be covered in the Capstone 2 module, so candidates should avoid self-studying these cases if registered in an upcoming Capstone 2 module. 

Capstone 2 Module Calendar 

Visit the CPA Canada website to view the Capstone 2 calendar. The calendar includes dates for mock examinations, practice cases, and practice case feedback. 

Technical Standards 

Visit the CPA Canada website to learn about the technical updates that affect the examinable material for CPA PEP examinations and the CFE. 

CPA PEP Examination Performance Rates 

Visit the CPA Canada Website to view the CPA PEP Exam Pass Rates, including the CFE.