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The CPA designation is your key to unlocking new opportunities and future-proofing your career. Sign up for a free info session today and learn how the globally recognized CPA designation will enhance your career.

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Choosing to register as a CPA Ontario student is more than just investing in your future. You are unlocking doors to new opportunities and securing your place among Canada’s financial and business leaders.

The nationally-developed and provincially-delivered CPA certification program provides students with a strong foundation of ethics, knowledge and skill. Before becoming a member, each student will have completed the academic prerequisites, professional education program and 30 months of relevant practical experience.  

Ready to take the next step in your career? Continue reading to find out more about your journey to becoming a CPA.


PREREQUISITES AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

There are two paths to the CPA designation. Each pathway has unique prerequisites and certification requirements, as outlined below:

 

CPA PATH

CPA PATH

Applicants must meet the following requirements from a recognized academic institution:

  • Conferral of a university degree.
  • 120 degree-credit hours of education.
  • Completion of the required entry prerequisite degree-credit courses.
  • Meet the minimum grade, GPA and currency of education requirement.

Download the Academic Prerequisite Assessment Guidelines for more information. 

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CPA-ACCREDITED PATH

CPA-ACCREDITED PATH

Ontario students of an CPA-Accredited program must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed a CPA Ontario accredited program at a post-secondary institution as determined by your program office.
  • Must be a graduate of an Ontario post-secondary institution.

Download the PSI Programs Accredited By The CPA Profession Guidelines for more information

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BECOME AN EXPERT IN YOUR FIELD WITH THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

The CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) produces the leaders of tomorrow through rigorous academic and professional training. The program consists of a series of core, elective and capstone modules built upon the CPA Competency Map. After completing CPA PEP requirements, you will put your knowledge, skills and experience to the test by completing the comprehensive Common Final Examination (CFE).

The students who successfully complete the program are ready to launch their careers and will have the tools to succeed in any industry. Visit PEP/CFE to learn more.

BUILD YOUR CAREER WITH PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

There is more to becoming a CPA than studying and exams. As part of your program requirements, you will apply the skills and knowledge you are learning on the job.

You will gain hands-on practical experience in your field over a minimum of 30 months through a pre-approved program route or independently with an employer of your choice. During this time, you will work with a CPA mentor who will guide and coach you through your journey.

Visit Practical Experience for more information about reporting requirements and how this will help your career.

“YOUR CPA DESIGNATION IS NOT JUST A FOUNDATION TO BUILD UPON. IT’S A CATALYST TO DEFY EXPECTATIONS.” RUSS JONES, CPA, CA, CFO, SHOPIFY
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