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CPA Canada sets all examination dates nationally. Please refer to the CPAWSB schedule webpages for more information about examination dates and times, as well as the timing of the results release and appeal/remark deadlines (if applicable).

When registering for a CPA module or examination, you will select a location within Western Canada to write the examination. Examination locations may include convention centres, hotel conference centres, banquet halls, or post-secondary institutions.

Primary Exam Locations (on-site IT support)

  • BC: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria
  • Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer
  • Saskatchewan: Regina, Saskatoon
  • Manitoba: Brandon, Winnipeg

Secondary Exam Locations (remote IT support)

  • BC: Castlegar, Cranbrook, Fort St. John, Revelstoke, Terrace
  • Alberta: Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Peace River
  • Manitoba: The Pas, Thompson
  • Nunavut: Iqaluit
  • Saskatchewan: Swift Current
  • Yukon: Whitehorse
  • Northwest Territories: Yellowknife

Anyone living more than 150 km away from one of the primary or secondary examination locations can submit an Alternate Exam Location request through My CPA Portal at least ten weeks before the examination. A fee may apply.

You must attend the examination location in the city you selected during registration. Requests to change a chosen examination location must be made at least six weeks before the examination by emailing Examination location changes are subject to availability.

CPA Western School of Business provides reasonable exam accommodations for a variety of reasons. Please visit the CPAWSB exam accommodations webpage to learn more about exam accommodations and making requests.

CPA examinations begin at 9:00 AM local time. Please arrive early to sign into the examination centre.

  • Primary examination locations: arrive by 7:30 AM local time.
  • Secondary examination locations: arrive by 8:00 AM local time.
  • Surpass (SecureClient) instructions begin in all examination locations at 8:30 AM local time.

The post-examination process can take an extra half hour (or more), especially at larger exam centres. Please keep this timing in mind when planning your activities after the examination. Your patience is appreciated, as exam supervisors must reconcile all examination booklets and files before anyone can leave the examination centre.