What should I expect for the PDPA program?

Apr 22, 2022
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Are you a designated Canadian CPA looking to practice public accounting? If you are, then you need to know that provincial regulations to protect the public require CPA members to meet education and practical experience requirements before they can provide various public accounting services. 

CPAWSB offers Post-Designation Public Accounting (PDPA) education with two pathways: PDPA Program and PDPA Taxation Module to CPA members seeking to practice public accounting in Canada. 

PDPA Program

The PDPA Program covers the technical knowledge required for public accounting registration, including tax, assurance, financial reporting, finance, and strategy and governance. It is mandatory for members seeking post-certification public accounting registration in jurisdictions with no tiered registration, and for audit and review registration in jurisdictions offering a tiered or varied registration model.

There are also practical experience requirements to practice public accounting, which are administered through each provincial CPA body. For additional questions regarding PDPA practical experience requirements, please contact the CPA provincial bodies

PDPA Taxation Module

CPA members seeking registration for compilation in jurisdictions offering tiered or varied registration models are required to complete the PDPA Taxation module and meet their jurisdiction’s experience requirements for compilation.

CPA members who have recently passed the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) Taxation module have met the educational requirements for compilation and do not need to complete the PDPA Taxation module. However, there are still experience requirements to meet their jurisdiction’s starndard for compilation.

Learning Resources for PDPA Program and PDPA Taxation Module

Several learning resources are available to support the PDPA Program and the PDPA Taxation module, including:

Learning resources available before enrollment:
  • CPA Way Videos: The CPA Way is a methodical approach for addressing professional problems. Application of the CPA Way must be demonstrated in the case portion of the PDPA Program and PDPA Taxation examinations.
  • CPA Competency Map: Includes a summary of the competencies, topics, and outcomes learners will need to demonstrate in the PDPA Program and PDPA Taxation examinations. Here are some areas to start within the Map:
    • Section 7 – Knowledge Lists & Examples (elective level, or core if not noted at elective level)
    • Illustrating the Progression in Proficiency Level (pg. 152)

Learning resources available after enrollment:
  • Introduction to PEP (D2L Brightspace): Provides guidance on policies and other resources, such as the CPA Way videos, the CPA Competency Map, and D2L How to Videos.
  • Survival Guide (D2L Brightspace): Suggested eight-week study schedule that outlines the weekly CPA Canada Learning eBook readings and study tasks to prepare for the PDPA Program and the PDPA Taxation examinations.
  • CPA Canada Learning eBooks (Knotia): Online reading resources to assist in the development of technical and enabling competencies required for the PDPA Program and the PDPA Taxation examinations. 
  • Knotia Module (D2L Brightspace): The Knotia module in D2L includes the CPA Canada Learning eBook chapter-end MCQ quizzes under the ‘Content’ tab. PDE registrants should focus on the ‘MCQs – Elective’ quizzes as the PDPA Program and the PDPA Taxation examinations are at the elective level.