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  • Three or Four-year undergraduate or master’s degree in any area of study
    (Note: A three-year undergraduate degree is usually equivalent to 90 credit hours and master’s degrees are typically equivalent to 60 credit hours. They may meet the degree requirement but will likely not meet the 120 credit hour degree requirement. Additional post-secondary education will need to be submitted to meet the 120 credit hour requirement)
  • Canadian or internationally-recognized degrees accepted

For International Degree and IFAC member applicant types, the Canadian degree equivalency requirements outlined above will be determined and verified by submitting a third-party evaluation report as outlined in the admission steps for both of these applicant types.

An applicant without a degree and with at least eight years of relevant, full-time experience in any of the CPA technical competency areas: Financial Reporting, Strategy and Governance (Performance Management), Management Accounting, Audit and Assurance, Finance, and Taxation may qualify for entry into CPA PEP with Mature Status

120-credit hours of post-secondary education:

  • Can be fulfilled as part of a degree (four-year degree = 120-credit hours)
  • Outstanding credit hours can be completed through
    • CPA preparatory courses
    • Additional post-secondary education

The 14 prerequisites are required, either through education transfer credit or CPA preparatory courses to be eligible for entry into CPA PEP.

All 14 prerequisite courses must be completed either as:

GPA requirement: An overall combined average of 65 per cent is required in all core prerequisites for admission to CPA PEP whether they are taken as CPA preparatory courses or taken as equivalent courses at a post-secondary institution. 

For the 14 prerequisite courses, at least one of the core courses within each competency area must meet the 10-Year Currency of Education requirement.

Admission Requirements for CPA Preparatory Courses.

In addition to the other admission requirements, applicants may only be enrolled as candidates, or admitted/readmitted to membership, after providing satisfactory evidence that they are of good character.

When completing an admission application, applicants are required to fully and candidly disclose any character concerns. Previous behaviour does not necessarily disqualify an applicant from enrollment or membership admission/readmission. Although not an exhaustive list, the following may be taken into consideration when reviewing good character:

  • 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
  • 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

The CPAWSB admission services team will contact you for more information and, if required, supporting documents if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions asked during the admission process.