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 peer learning and support opportunities.

Guest speakers/Indigenous session leader

Throughout the course, guest speakers and Indigenous session leaders will be brought in to provide Indigenous content and context, and to support a social learning environment. In addition, career advisors and academic coaches will also be supporting this course.

At the beginning of the course, you will participate in a two-and-a-half-day Hub session to engage in community building and be introduced to the profession. At the end of the course, 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.

Dates Session Description
Jan 19 - 21, 2024 Welcome event and course start
Jun 14 - 16, 2024 Exam preparation and closing ceremonies

Every month, there will be a two-day session with a smaller group where you will work through technical materials and be exposed to Indigenous content and context through guest speakers and activities.


  • February 24-25, 2024
  • March 16-17, 2024
  • April 13-14, 2024
  • May 11-12, 2024
  • June 1-2, 2024

All students will attend the in-person Satellite sessions. We are currently working on verifying which location(s) the Satellite sessions will be held at, with the expectation that in-person participation will be available in BC and Alberta, subject to interest.

During the course, you will participate in webinars that cover various student-led topics. These webinars will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions and seek help in completing assignments. Additionally, the webinars will be recorded and made available to all students for reference.

2024 Dates – Weekly: TBD

Course assessment and passing grade:

The IFA course final exam is worth 100% of your grade. You must obtain a minimum of 50% on the final exam to pass the course. 

Exam format:

The final exam will be conducted online. Therefore, you will need access to a personal computer and a stable internet connection. Travel to write the final exam is not required, unless you have trouble accessing the required computer or software. More exam information will be provided at a later date.

July 5, 2024, at 9:00 AM local time - (You can defer this exam if necessary, but it's not advised.)

*Dates and times of the exams are subject to change. The exams are nationally scheduled and students will be required to write the exam on the specified date and time. 

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.

Each quiz consists of questions that have been selected to test your understanding of the technical topics in each unit. 

Exercises and practice problems provide students with an opportunity to apply technical knowledge and strengthen their understanding of the course concepts.

Schedule for IFA - January 2024


Session Description

Jan 19 – 21, 2024

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

Feb 24 – 25, 2024

Satellite in-person session 1

Mar 16 – 17, 2024

Satellite in-person session 2

Apr 13 – 14, 2024

Satellite in-person session 3

May 11 - 12, 2024 

Satellite in-person session 4 

Jun 1 - 2, 2024

Satellite in-person session 5

Jun 14 – 16, 2024 

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

July 5, 2024

Final Exam Date | Exam Start Time: 9:00 AM local time

Course Admission

To enroll in this course, you are required to:

  • 30 credit hours (approx. 1 year) of post-secondary education or 3 years of relevant experience is normally required for admission to the IFA preparatory course.

    • Because of the changes in the Indigenous IFA course structure, this requirement can be waived based on your qualifications, work experience, and commitment to completing the course. Eligibility will be assessed during enrollment.

  • Provide 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.

Note: The course requirements listed above apply only to this pilot offering of IFA. After completing this special offering of IFA, applicants who decide to take further prerequisite courses through the CPAWSB preparatory courses will need to meet all the entry requirements for CPA preparatory courses and must complete the CPAWSB enrollment process at that time. 

Admission requirements for CPA PEP will also need to be fully met at the time of entering CPA PEP.

These fees are subject to GST, where applicable.
These fees apply to this offering only.
Reduced student & course fee $300

The above fees will include:

  • The course.
  • 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.

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