As a CPA PEP candidate, can I take the PDPA program?

Dec 10, 2021
The Post-Designation Public Accounting program is delivered by CPAWSB on behalf of the Western provinces and territories. Information on the PDPA program is posted on the CPA Canada website: Bridging to public accounting registration (licensure) after certification ( 

The PDPA program is intended for CPA members in good standing who are missing educational, evaluation, or experience requirements to practice accounting. However, in certain circumstances candidates may also be eligible to pursue the PDPA program before certification.

To participate in the PDPA program before certification, you must have:

  • passed all three days of the CFE
  • selected the assurance CFE role
  • met certain additional practical experience requirements. 
Please note: your governing provincial CPA body will determine whether there are additional practical experience requirements for your specific circumstances.

Candidates who have met the above criteria may be eligible to pursue PDPA as a candidate. To get started, take the following steps:

  1. Email your governing provincial CPA body to confirm eligibility and to request a Letter of Eligibility. For contact information please refer to the table below:
  1. After receiving the Letter of Eligibility from your governing provincial CPA body, download and complete the CPAWSB PDPA Application Form on the CPAWSB website.
  2. Email a copy of your Letter of Eligibility and completed CPAWSB PDPA Application Form to
For more information about the public practice license requirements, please consult your provincial CPA body.