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The Core 1 Module is the first module of the CPA Professional Education Program. It develops management and financial accounting competencies, building upon the four core technical competency areas. It covers a wide range of essential concepts, theories, and skills relevant to the subject matter.

The Core 2 Module is the second module of the CPA Professional Education Program. It develops competencies in the areas of governance, strategy, risk management, and management decision-making. 

Prerequisite: CPA PEP Core 1

The Assurance Elective Module is one of four elective modules offered in the CPA Professional Education Program (only 2 of the 4 electives* are required to be completed). It develops competencies necessary to perform both internal audit projects and external assurance engagements, through key concepts such as risk, materiality, and internal control. 

Prerequisites:

  • CPA PEP Core 1
  • CPA PEP Core 2

 *Learners pursing a career in public accounting must take the Assurance elective and Taxation elective.

This will be a two-hour webinar to introduce the profession, review learner conduct, and introduction to Core 1 and the D2L learning management system. Attendance is encouraged and the webinar will be recorded for candidates that are unable to attend. 

At the start of each module, you will participate in a two-day In-Person Opening session to gather together, engage in community building, and be introduced to the profession. At the end of each module, the group will gather for a two-day In-Person Opening session to focus on exam preparation.

Throughout each module, whether virtual or in-person, you will participate in 2-day sessions with a smaller group of candidates. During these sessions, you will work through technical materials and be exposed to Indigenous content and context through guest speakers and activities.

As part of each module, you will have the opportunity to attend learning sessions. We are currently working on verifying which location(s) the In-Person Learning session will be held at, with the expectation that in-person participation will be available in BC and Alberta, subject to interest.

These optional webinars cover a variety of topics, including advice on writing objective-format questions, case planning, case writing, analyzing financial reporting issues, analyzing other module competencies, debriefing, and preparing for the exam. The webinars will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions and seek help in completing assignments. The webinars will be recorded and available to all candidates.

For each module, there is a four-hour final exam that consists of objective-format and case-based questions. There are approximately 33 locations in western Canada where the exam can be taken. If you live in a remote location (150 km or more from an approved, pre-arranged exam location), arrangements can be made for you to take the exam closer to your location.

The asynchronous parts of each module allow you to learn and complete assessments independently at your own pace before each in-person or virtual learning session and before the final exam.

Each unit covers several eBook chapters. Each chapter includes a snapshot, written instruction, examples, e-lessons on select technical topics, summary problems, and multiple-choice practice questions.

Quizzes consists of 25 multiple-choice questions that have been selected to test your understanding of the technical topics in each unit.

Integrated problems draw from the technical topics covered in each unit and provide you with an opportunity to practise applying technical knowledge in an integrated manner.

Integrated problems are marked by a facilitator.

Practice cases provide you with an opportunity to hone your case-writing skills and apply technical knowledge in a 60-minute scenario. The practice case is designed to be written in exam-like conditions within the suggested time noted in the case.

Practice cases are marked by a facilitator. 

Retired exam cases are cases that were included in a past module exam. Writing retired exam case is optional; however, you are strongly encouraged to write the cases under time-constrained exam conditions to prepare for the end of module exam.

After your facilitator has returned feedback on your integrated problem and practice case submissions, you can perform a debrief using the feedback received.

Schedules

These schedules cover all available CPA PEP modules for Indigenous learners.

Dates

Session Description

Jul 27 - 28, 2024

In-Person Opening Session: Welcome event & Course start

Aug 24 - 25, 2024

Virtual Learning Session 1

Sep 21 - 22, 2024

Virtual Learning Session 2

Oct 26 - 27, 2024

In-person Learning Session 3

Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2024

In-Person Closing Session: Exam preparation & Closing ceremonies

 

Exam Dates

Core 1 Dec 19, 2024
Core 2 Dec 18, 2024
Assurance Elective Dec 19, 2024
Exam Release Jan 17, 2025

 

Fees

Please note: If the credit card option is used for payment, a non-refundable credit card surcharge will also be applied to the total invoice amount. The surcharge rate is subject to change but will never be higher than 2.50%. Other payment options are available

Transcript assessment fee

$150

Initial registration fee

$470

Annual Candidate Dues

$1,115

Module fee

$1,400

For Indigenous Candidates who are self-funding their education, please indicate that you're self-funding when you connect with a CPAWSB admission advisor and the advisor will connect you with Jacquie Haley. These fees are subject to GST, where applicable. 

The above fees will include:

  • The Core 1 module access and content.
  • Supporting materials and exam.
  • All reasonable travel and/or hotel costs for the in-person sessions.
  • Some meal costs.

More information on travel arrangements will be provided upon registration.

To register in any further modules after successfully completing core 1, you will already have to be enrolled in CPA PEP. The following fees will apply.

Pay only for the module you are registering in:

Please note: If the credit card option is used for payment, a non-refundable credit card surcharge will also be applied to the total invoice amount. The surcharge rate is subject to change but will never be higher than 2.50%. Other payment options are available.

CPA PEP Core 2 Module fee $1,400
CPA PEP Assurance Elective fee $1,400
Annual Re-enrollment candidate Dues** (if applicable) $1,115

**CPAWSB’s academic year runs from April 1 through March 31. Candidates must re-enroll in CPA PEP each year which simply means the annual Candidate fees ($1,115.00 + GST) must be paid before the candidate can register in modules that start after April 1. Notification is provided to candidates in December/January by email when annual Re-enrollment opens.

For Indigenous Candidates who are self-funding their education, please indicate that you're self-funding when you connect with a CPAWSB admission advisor and the advisor will connect you with Jacquie Haley. These fees are subject to GST, where applicable.

The Module fees above include:

  • Module access and content
  • Supporting materials and exam
  • All reasonable travel and/or hotel costs for the in-person sessions
  • Some meal costs.

More information on travel arrangements will be provided upon registration.