In addition to the other admission requirements, all applicants are required under provincial legislation to establish that they are of good character and reputation.
When completing an admission application, applicants are required to disclose any character concerns fully and candidly. Previous behaviour does not necessarily disqualify an applicant from enrollment in CPA PEP or admission to membership. However, supporting documentation is required to confirm that the situation has been addressed and the applicant is currently of good character.
Although not an exhaustive list, the following are some scenarios that would require a ‘yes’ response:
- Previous mandatory withdrawal from CPA PEP for non-payment of dues or three unsuccessful attempts at a module or exam
- A finding of plagiarism during post-secondary studies or while registered in the CPA preparatory courses or CPA PEP
- A declaration of bankruptcy
- A criminal charge or conviction, including DUI or drug possession
- A pending allegation or charge under securities or tax legislation
- Being the defendant in a civil proceeding for fraud, misrepresentation, theft, or dishonesty
- Involuntary removal from a professional body
Once a declaration of “yes” has been made to any good character questions, the CPAWSB Admission Services team will contact you for more information regarding the circumstances and request any supporting documents required to review your file.
After all required documents are received, CPAWSB will provide them to the provincial registrar for review and a decision. Although not an exhaustive list, the following may be taken into consideration when reviewing character declarations:
- Relationship of the conduct in question to the CPA profession
- Seriousness of the conduct in question
- Circumstances underlying the conduct in question
- Age of the applicant at the time of the conduct in question
- Timing of the conduct in question
- Rehabilitative efforts and outcomes
- Testimonials from colleagues or friends
- Applicant’s candor in the program or membership admissions process
- Materiality of any omissions or misrepresentations
- Risk to the public of the applicant being enrolled as a CPA candidate or admitted as a CPA member
- Any other relevant factors
Applicants will be notified in writing regarding the decision of acceptance into CPA PEP.
Until a decision has been reached on the character declaration, admission applications will not be approved, and applicants will not be eligible to register for modules. As this process can take some time to complete, please allow additional time and plan appropriately based on the session you would like to start CPA PEP modules.