How to become a member of the CGA Association under the Mutual Recognition Agreement
Initial Application Process
Note: CPAs who are Quebec residents must contact the Ordre des CGA du Québec concerning special requirements and procedures that apply in that province.
CPAs wishing to be admitted as a member of the CGA Association through the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) must meet the following requirements:
Must have obtained membership in CPA Ireland through the completion of the CPA Ireland Professional examinations, and met required experience. Members who obtained membership into CPA Ireland through an MRA with another professional body are not eligible to become a member of the Association pursuant to this MRA
Must not have any outstanding ethics complaints, nor have been subject to any disciplinary sanctions within the five (5) years prior to their application
Applicants admitted as members by CPA Ireland after July 31, 1998, must have a university degree from a post-secondary institution recognized by the CGA Association.
As a CPA Ireland member eligible to seek CGA membership you are required to meet all the following requirements:
Complete the online Overview of Canadian Tax and Law course. Go to CGA’s PD Net at www.cga-pdnet.org, access the course by typing Overview of Canadian Tax and Law into the “Search” function. This will bring you to the course description page where the course can be purchased by clicking the “Buy now” button. Transfer credits may be granted if applicants have completed an equivalent course from a Canadian post-secondary institution approved by the Association. For information about transfer credits contact the appropriate CGA office.
Meet any other admission requirements as imposed by the CGA Association or under law.
Step 1: Log in to or create an account in CGA Ontario's online services. Select MRA Application and follow the instructions.
Step 2: Contact CPA Ireland and request a Membership Status Letter.
Step 3: Submit your completed application form along with the membership Status Letter from CPA Ireland. CPAs resident in Canada and Hong Kong must apply through the CGA Association where they reside. CPAs resident outside Canada (except Hong Kong) must apply through CGA Canada International in Vancouver.
Step 4: Contact your university to have an official sealed transcript sent directly to the Association (where applicable).
Step 5: Complete the online Overview of Canadian Income Taxation and Law course and submit the certificate of completion. If a transfer credit is granted by the Association, provide official sealed transcripts from the post-secondary institution. (This may be provided with your initial application form submission.)
Step 6: Once the above information has been provided and approved by the Association, you will be invited to complete and submit an application for membership. Your application must include payment of the application for membership fee and annual dues. When your application has been approved, you will be notified of your admission to membership and have the right to use the CGA designation.
Members admitted under the terms of this MRA are required to maintain their originating designation. This includes payment of annual dues and annual reporting of CPD. If, for any reason, a member ceases to hold his or her originating designation, the member shall automatically cease to be a member of the other body under this MRA.
Public Practice requirements
Admission as a member under this MRA does not automatically provide a member with the right to work in public practice. Members will be required to meet the Association’s entry to public practice requirements in their respective jurisdiction.