CPAWSB Admission: Tips and Hints

Aug 1, 2018

Are you unsure whether you should enter CPAWSB as a CPA preparatory course student or CPA PEP candidate? Is there a difference whether you are applying as a student or a candidate? Below we answer these and other questions and provide hints for a smooth admission process.

Please note

CPAWSB only accepts applications from people who will be governed by CPA bodies in Western Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut). Please contact (CPA OntarioAtlantic /Quebec) directly if you wish to register for CPA PEP or CPA preparatory courses outside Western Canada.

For CPA preparatory course and CPA PEP applicants, check out our blog post on Questions About Applying to CPAWSB? for more information on the admission application process.

Before you apply: Transcript assessment

All applications need to have a completed CPAWSB transcript assessment that will indicate whether you need to complete any outstanding transfer credits before you enter CPA PEP. You can choose to complete them at a post-secondary institution or through CPA preparatory courses. Transcript assessments are valid for a year and as you complete prerequisites you can update your assessment. For more about transcript assessments, read our post about getting started on your transcript assessment.

CPA preparatory courses

What are the application requirements?

To be admitted to CPA preparatory courses, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of at least 30 credit-hours or equivalent of education at a post-secondary institution
  • Good character

If you are unsure whether or not you meet the requirements our team is always available at or to help advise before you submit an application.

I have some transfer credits; do I need to take CPA preparatory courses?

The post-secondary institution courses listed in the provincial transfer credit guides provide substantial coverage, but not necessarily all of the prerequisite content, listed in the CPA Competency Map. You may be required to submit detailed course outlines for courses completed at post-secondary institutions. The outlines will be reviewed by CPAWSB as a part of your transcript assessment to determine whether adequate coverage had been provided.

What should I consider before applying?

CPA preparatory courses are very demanding, and we recommend that you plan to spend up to 20 hours of study time per week for core preparatory courses and up to 15 hours per week for non-core preparatory courses. Review your schedule in advance of applying to the School to ensure that you will have enough time to dedicate to your CPA studies.

Where can I find additional information?

For answers to more questions visit Future Learners on our website.


What are the application requirements?

To be admitted to CPA PEP, you must meet the following requirements:

  • An undergraduate or master’s degree
  • 120 credit hours of post-secondary education
  • Successful completion of the prerequisite courses through a post-secondary institution or through CPA preparatory courses.

Once an application has been submitted or approved, no changes can be made. The application must be cancelled and resubmitted if it was not done correctly initially.

How does my application submission impact module registration?

Submitting an admission application is different from registering in a CPA PEP module, which you can only do after the admission application is approved, and only during the module registration period.

When can I begin recording practical experience?

You can submit your CPA PEP admission application to begin recording experience and you are not required to participate in the offering of Core 1 that corresponds to the session selected on the admission application (e.g. you can submit an admission application today for the Spring session but wait until the Winter offering of Core 1). It takes about 3 weeks after an application was approved for you to receive access to the Practical Experience Reporting Tool (PERT).

What should I consider before applying?

CPA PEP admission applications are accepted throughout the year, not just during the designated module registration periods, and processing time is shorter for applications submitted at other times as volumes are much lower.

You shouldn’t wait until the last day of the module registration period to submit an admission application as processing time is two-to-three business days. The School cannot guarantee that admission applications submitted within three days of module registration closing will be approved in time to register for the module.

Additional information

For answers to more questions visit Future Learners on our website.