Members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) or the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) who are in good standing and are seeking the Canadian CPA designation are:
- Exempt from all CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) modules but are strongly encouraged to complete Capstone 1 and Capstone 2 (completing these modules is not mandatory, but will help prepare you for the CFE).
- Required to pass the Common Final Examination (CFE).
Note: The CFE assumes a core level of knowledge of Canadian tax law, Canadian business law, and Canadian accounting standards for private entities. CPAWSB does not provide study materials for these topics, so should you wish to enhance your knowledge in these subject areas before attempting the CFE, you can do so by taking the CPA PEP not-for-credit (NFC) modules.
The NFC modules provide you with access to module content and related solution guides for self-study purposes. NFC modules are available for Core 1, Core 2, Assurance, Taxation, Performance Management, Finance, and Capstone 2. NFC modules are not available for Capstone 1 or the CFE. View NFC Module Information, Schedules, and Registration information for the current year.
To become a CPA, you will need to obtain 30 months of relevant practical experience.
If your post-qualification experience as an ICAI or ICAP member meets either of the following conditions, your experience will not have to be assessed for CPA certification:
- more than five years of post-qualification experience and no recognized university degree or
- more than two years of post-qualification experience and a recognized degree.
If your experience does not fit either category above, your practical experience obtained pre- and post-qualification will need to be assessed for CPA certification. If required, the experience bridging assessment is completed after the academic bridging assessment is completed. You will receive experience bridging forms and instructions when you receive your academic bridging results.
You can submit your admission application for CPA PEP 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 help us confirm your ICAI or ICAP membership and determine your eligibility for the CFE, please select Option 1 or 2 below and submit either document, in English:
Option 1: Have a Letter of Good Standing submitted from the ICAI or ICAP confirming your membership.
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 email@example.com.
Option 2: Have a Certification of Membership submitted from ICAI or ICAP, using the request form.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a copy of the request form.
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.
CPAWSB must receive an official copy of your Letter of Good Standing (or the Certification of Membership), before an admission application can be approved. You will be notified by email once the letter of good standing or Certification of Membership has been received. You may then proceed with submitting an admission application for CPA PEP.
- Submitting Documents FAQ
- Certification of Membership request form: Email email@example.com for a copy of the request form
Review the resources above. If you still have unanswered questions regarding the documents you are required to submit, or any additional questions about the admission process, please contact the PEP Admission Services team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1.866.420.2350 ext. 6002.
You will be notified by email once the letter of good standing or Certification of Membership has been received. After you have received that message, you may proceed with submitting a CPA PEP admission application. Click on the link below for more information about when and how to submit an admission application for CPA PEP.
Note: Select International Designate - MOU as your registration category when completing the CPA PEP admission application as an applicant with an International Designation under an established MOU.
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 under an established MOU, please contact the CPA Admission Services team by emailing email@example.com or calling 1.866.420.2350 ext. 6002.