If you are an IFAC member applicant with:
- A recognized post-secondary degree and at least three years of relevant experience* or
- No recognized post-secondary degree but at least eight years of relevant experience*
- May be granted challenge exams for Core 1, Core 2, and the two elective modules
- Must complete the Capstone 1 and Capstone 2 modules
- Must pass the Common Final Exam (CFE)
If you are an IFAC member applicant who does not meet either of the conditions outlined above, you:
- Must begin CPA PEP at Core 1 with no challenge exam opportunities
- Must complete the entire CPA PEP program
- Must pass the Common Final Examination (CFE)
*Relevant experience is defined and assessed as experience in any of the CPA technical competency areas: Financial Reporting, Strategy and Governance, Management Accounting, Audit and Assurance, Finance, and Taxation.
- IFAC member applicants with a degree and at least three years of relevant experience must have developed any two competency sub-areas to at least Level 1 proficiency, as identified in the CPA Practical Experience Requirements.
- IFAC member applicants with no degree and at least eight years of relevant experience must have developed any four competency sub-areas to at least Level 1 proficiency, as identified in the CPA Practical Experience Requirements.
The CFE assumes a core level of knowledge of Canadian tax law, Canadian business law, and Canadian accounting standards for private entities. You may wish to enhance your knowledge in these subject areas before enrolling in the program as CPAWSB does not provide study material for these topics.
CPAWSB offers CPA PEP Review Materials Modules (RMM) modules to provide candidates access to module content and related solution guides for self-study purposes to assist with exam preparations.
To become a CPA, you will need to obtain 30 months of relevant practical experience. In addition to CPAWSB assessing your relevant experience towards the academic bridging placement as stated above, the Practical Experience Review Committee will assess your practical experience for possible exemptions of the 30-month requirement.
The experience bridging assessment is completed separately from the academic bridging assessment. Applicants will receive experience bridging forms and instructions when they receive their academic bridging results.
You can submit your admission application and begin the CPA PEP modules once the academic bridging assessment is completed even if your experience bridging is still being assessed.
Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or persons who are otherwise lawfully permitted to work and study in Canada can enroll in the CPA certification program. If you are a temporary resident, you are required to hold a valid study permit to apply for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) or CPA preparatory courses and to maintain your enrollment with CPAWSB. For more details, please refer to the Residency, Study Permits and Language Advisory.
CPA education programs, including CPA preparatory courses and CPA PEP, require high English proficiency. Generally, anyone with CLB levels below 8 will need to spend additional time on their studies. For more information, please refer to the Residency, Study Permits and Language Advisory.
- Visit My CPA Portal and click on the Create a My CPA Profile link using a desktop or laptop with Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.
- Enter your legal name when creating your profile.
- Select your residency status in Canada: Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident (of Canada), or Temporary Resident (of Canada).
- Enter all completed and in-progress post-secondary education and designation information, even if you don’t plan to submit documents for that education/designation history.
- Activate your profile by setting your password. You will receive instructions via email shortly after creating your profile.
Important: Use the UPLOAD A DOCUMENT functionality within your profile only when submitting your legal name verification documentation with a CPA PEP admission application. Do not use it for submitting any other documents to CPAWSB as those documents will be deleted. When submitting other required documents, follow the directions provided in the admission steps below and elsewhere on this page.
Review the resources above and if you still have unanswered questions about creating, accessing, or navigating your profile, please contact an Admission Advisor by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1.866.420.2350 ext. 6001.
To submit a transcript assessment request:
- Log into My CPA Portal.
- Select PROGRAM ADMISSION.
- Select TRANSCRIPT ASSESSMENT.
- Click on the + ADD A TRANSCRIPT ASSESSMENT REQUEST button.
- Use the document checklist to determine which documents to submit for the assessment.
- Review your transcript assessment order.
- Click on the MAKE PAYMENT button.
The non-refundable transcript assessment fee is $100 + GST and subject to change.
Note: To ensure your documents are attached to your profile, request and pay for a transcript assessment before arranging for documents to be sent to CPAWSB.
- Requesting a Transcript Assessment FAQ
- Using a Document Checklist - Video
- Using a Document Checklist - PDF
Review the resources above and if you still have unanswered questions about requesting a transcript assessment or understanding how to use the document checklist, please contact an Admission Advisor by emailing email@example.com or calling 1.866.420.2350 ext. 6001.
To help us complete your academic bridging, please have the following documents submitted:
- A detailed resume outlining your employment and education history.
- A letter of good standing confirming your membership with your accounting body.
Important: this letter must state you are a current member in good standing and include the date you became a member. If your accounting body does not issue letters that indicate your membership date, please provide this explanation in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A third-party assessment of your non-Canadian education credentials (if you have an non-Canadian degree). A basic assessment is adequate. This must be performed by a third-party evaluation service registered with the Alliance of Credential Evaluations Services of Canada (ACESC) . The assessment is used to verify the Canadian equivalency of your international education credentials.
All official documents submitted for transcript assessment must be sent to our office directly from the issuing institution.
If the institution offers digital official documents, please have them emailed directly to email@example.com. We also accept digital official transcripts submitted via recognized digital credential wallets and services such as MyCreds as we are a recognized receiver with them. Select CPAWSB as the recipient.
Although digital submission is preferred, all official transcripts and documents may also be submitted for transcript assessment by mail. They must be mailed in a sealed (unopened) envelope directly from the issuing institution to:
CPA Western School of Business
201, 1074 – 103A Street SW
Edmonton, Alberta, T6W 2P6
Note: Do not send documents to provincial CPA offices as this may result in significant delay in completing your transcript assessment. Documents in a language other than English require translation and must be submitted to CPAWSB by a certified translator.
When documents are received, you will be notified by email and your document checklist will be updated. Log into your My CPA profile and review the document checklist to see what has been updated. Once all required documents are received, you will also be notified by email, and your transcript assessment will begin. See Using the Document Checklist for more details.
Transcript assessments are typically completed within 10 business days after CPAWSB receives all required documents. You will receive an email notification when your Transcript Assessment results are available. You will also receive an email from PEP Admission Services that will contain your Academic Bridging Results and your next steps.
Note: In accordance with CPAWSB’s retention policies, all transcript assessments will be completed within six months from the transcript assessment request date. If CPAWSB does not receive all the required documents to complete your assessment within six months from the assessment request date, your transcript assessment will be completed based on the available information and documents on file. The transcript assessment will be valid for one year from the completion date during which time you can still arrange for pending required documents to be submitted to CPAWSB and have your assessment updated and fully completed (at no extra cost).
- Submitting Documents FAQ
- Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC)
- Using a document checklist - Video
- Using a document checklist - PDF
Review the resources above. If you still have unanswered questions regarding the documents you are required to submit, or any additional questions about your transcript assessment, please contact the CPA Admission Services team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1.866.420.2350 ext. 6002.
When your assessment is completed, you will receive an email with your Academic Bridging Results. The Academic Bridging Results will explain your standing and provide information about which CPA PEP modules you will be required to take and which CPA PEP challenge exams, if any, you are eligible to attempt. It will also provide information about Experience Bridging and additional information and resources.
You will also receive a second email indicating that your Assessment is completed and can be viewed from within your My CPA profile by logging into My CPA Portal and clicking on PROGRAM ADMISSION and then TRANSCRIPT ASSESSMENT.
The transcript assessment will indicate your eligibility status as one of the following:
PEP Eligible: You have met all requirements to participate in CPA PEP. No further review of your transcript assessment is required.
PEP Conditional Core 1: You can enroll in CPA PEP and start Core 1 as a conditional candidate. Please review your transcript assessment and each of the resources listed below for information on what you need to do to become fully PEP Eligible, including when you must complete outstanding requirements to continue your studies in CPA PEP.
Whether you have an eligibility status of PEP Eligible or PEP Conditional Core 1, you may proceed to step 5 and submit an admission application for CPA PEP when you are ready.
- Understanding your Transcript Assessment Results Guide
- Understanding your Assessment Results FAQ
- Starting CPA PEP with a status of PEP Conditional Core 1
Review the resources above and if you still have questions about the transcript assessment or your Academic Bridging Results, please contact the PEP Admission Services team by emailing email@example.com or calling 1.866.420.2350 ext. 6002.
Whether your assessment eligibility status indicates you are PEP Eligible or PEP Conditional Core 1, you can complete a CPA PEP admission application. Click on the link below for more information about when and how to submit an admission application.
Note: Select International Designate as your registration category when completing the CPA PEP admission application as an applicant with an International Designation (IFAC Member).
Click on the link above for more information about submitting an admission application for CPA PEP. If you have questions about submitting a CPA PEP admission application or starting CPA PEP as an International Designate, please contact the CPA Admission Services team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1.866.420.2350 ext. 6002.