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Most candidates focus on one module per session, taking breaks where their individual circumstances may require. While up to six years is available to complete CPA PEP coursework, the most common timeframe to complete the six modules is between 16 and 24 months. 

Candidates can also choose from various scheduling options, including the fast-track and extended courses.

Candidates can complete Core 1 and Core 2 concurrently and/or two elective modules concurrently, though both core modules must be complete before starting the elective modules. While completing modules simultaneously, candidates follow the same module content, format, and schedule as the regular module schedule; however, candidates cannot choose electives with conflicting exam times. Completing two modules in one session typically requires 40 hours of study per week; consider the time commitment and rigour before registering for fast-track scheduling.

The Capstone modules are not offered simultaneously. 

Depending on the starting session, candidates who choose fast-track scheduling can complete their CPA studies in as little as ten months: 

Starting Session

Study duration


10 months


11 months


16 months


13 months

Because of the exam schedule, candidates may choose to take the following electives in the same 'Fast-Track' session:

  • Performance Management and Finance
  • Performance Management and Tax
  • Assurance and Finance
  • Assurance and Tax

No exam accommodations will be granted for conflicting exam schedules.

CPAWSB offers extended versions of the two core and the four elective modules every summer and winter session.

Extended versions of the modules allow candidates greater flexibility and more time to study and absorb the course material. The content and structure match the traditional eight-week offerings, but is delivered over 20 weeks, lowering the average study time to approximately 10 hours per week. 

Candidates can choose to complete the extended core modules or two extended elective modules concurrently, bringing average study time to approximately 20 hours per week. 

The core modules are available across Western Canada four times annually.

The elective modules are available across Western Canada four times annually.

The CPA Common Final Examination (CFE) and two Capstone courses are offered twice annually.