Community-based, Real-time Learning

Learning Community

The synchronous activities throughout the course will include facilitated discussions that foster a sense of community within the cohort and provide opportunities for peer learning and support.

Guest speakers/Indigenous session leader

As part of the module, guest speakers and Indigenous session leaders will be brought in to provide Indigenous facilitators, content, and context. They will support a social learning environment and help you to understand the topic more efficiently. Career Advisors and Academic Coaches will also be available throughout the module to support and guide you.

This will be a two-hour webinar to introduce the profession, review learner conduct, and introduction to Core 1 and the D2L learning management system. Attendance is encouraged and the webinar will be recorded for candidates that are unable to attend. 

Date: TBD

At the start of the module, you will participate in a two-and-a-half-day HUB session to gather together, engage in community building, and be introduced to the profession. At the end of the module, the group will gather to focus on exam preparation.

We are currently working on verifying which location(s) the HUB sessions will be held at, with the expectation that in-person participation will be available in BC and Alberta, subject to interest.
Date Session Description
Jan 19 - 21, 2024 Welcome event
Jun 14 - 16, 2024 Exam preparation and closing ceremonies

Throughout the Module, you will participate in a two-day session with a smaller group of candidates every month. During these sessions, you will work through technical materials and be exposed to Indigenous content and context through guest speakers and activities.


  • Feb 24 - 25, 2024 (Virtual)
  • Apr 6 - 7, 2024 (Virtual)
  • May 11 - 12, 2024 (In-Person)

As part of the module, you will have the opportunity to attend satellite sessions. We are currently working on verifying which location(s) the in-person Satellite session will be held at, with the expectation that in-person participation will be available in BC and Alberta, subject to interest.

These optional webinars cover a variety of topics, including advice on writing objective-format questions, case planning, case writing, analyzing financial reporting issues, analyzing other Core 1 competencies, debriefing, and preparing for the exam. The webinars will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions and seek help in completing assignments. The webinars will be recorded and available to all candidates.

2024 Dates: TBD

The four-hour final exam is synchronous and consists of objective-format questions and one 60-minute case. There are approximately 33 locations in western Canada where the exam can be taken. If you live in a remote location (150 km or more from an approved, pre-arranged exam location), arrangements can be made for you to take the exam closer to your location.


July 4, 2024 (You can defer this exam if necessary, but it's not advised.)

Individual Learning

Learning Flexibility

The asynchronous parts of the course allow you to learn and complete assessments at your own pace before the final exam.

Each unit covers several eBook chapters. Each chapter includes a snapshot, written instruction, examples, e-lessons on select technical topics, summary problems, and multiple-choice practice questions.

Quizzes consists of 25 multiple-choice questions that have been selected to test your understanding of the technical topics in each unit.

Integrated problems draw from the technical topics covered in each unit and provide you with an opportunity to practise applying technical knowledge in an integrated manner.

Integrated problems are marked by a facilitator.

Practice cases provide you with an opportunity to hone your case-writing skills and apply technical knowledge in a 60-minute scenario. The practice case is designed to be written in exam-like conditions within the suggested time noted in the case.

Practice cases are marked by a facilitator. 

Retired exam cases are cases that were included in a past module exam. Writing retired exam case is optional; however, you are strongly encouraged to write the cases under time-constrained exam conditions to prepare for the end of module exam.

After your facilitator has returned feedback on your integrated problem and practice case submissions, you can perform a debrief using the feedback received.

Schedule for CPA PEP Core 1 - January 2024


Session Description

Jan 19 – 21, 2024

Hub 1 In-Person Sessions: Welcome event & Module start

Feb 24 – 25, 2024

Satellite in-person session 1

Apr 6 - 7, 2024

Satellite in-person session 2

May 11 - 12, 2024

Satellite in-person session 3

Jun 14 – 16, 2024 

Hub 2 In-Person Sessions: Exam preparation & Closing ceremonies

Jul 4, 2024

Core 1 Final Exam

Program Entry Requirements and Fees

To be admitted to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP), applicants require:

  • an undergraduate degree or Master’s degree
  • completion of prerequisite learning
  • 120 credit hours or the equivalent of education (30 credit hours / academic year)
  • Good character, as demonstrated through questions at registration.
  • Lawful permission to study and/or work in the registered region, if applicable
  • Proof of Indigenous Status with one of the following:
    • Copy of a Status card from the Government of Canada
    • Copy of a Métis membership card from one of the five Métis Provincial Affiliates or recognized Territorial organizations.  Additionally, the student may present a membership card from the Métis Settlements General Council showing membership in a Métis Settlement of Alberta
    • Copy of a Nunavut Trust Certificate card
    • Documentation that an ancestor’s name has been entered 1) in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act, or 2) on the band list of an individual band, or 3) as beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement or other claim regions such as Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, and Inuvialuit
    • Written confirmation of Indigenous identity from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada or Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
    • Written confirmation of membership by a band council which has enacted its own band membership code

For Indigenous learners unable to provide one of the above, we encourage them to reach out to the CPAWSB to explore other options.

These fees are subject to GST, where applicable.
*For Indigenous Candidates who are self-funding their education, please contact Jacquie Haley, Indigenous Advisor at to discuss financial support options.

Transcript assessment fee


Initial registration fee


Annual Candidate Dues*


Module fee*


The above fees will include:

  • The Core 1 module.
  • Supporting materials and exam.
  • All reasonable travel and hotel costs for the in-person sessions.
  • Some meal costs.

More information on travel arrangements will be provided upon registration.

Provincial Contacts