The CPA Way
If your goal is a career in business, CPA has the path to get
you there. When you take "The CPA Way," you learn how to integrate
diverse pieces of information, see situations more accurately and
apply reasoned judgment.
There are multiple paths to the CPA designation, which is
extremely important in our changing business world. This means
there's flexibility for entry, meeting the needs of students
already in the work force, career changers, those with
international training, university graduates in unrelated areas, as
well as new business graduates.
The CPA certification program combines elements that ensure its
graduates finish with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills
as professional accountants - rigorous theoretical learning,
practical application, and a contextual understanding of the
broader issues of industry, government and public
It is based on a methodical problem solving approach articulated
as The CPA Way. When you practice the CPA Way,
you learn how to integrate diverse pieces of information, see
situations more accurately and apply reasoned judgment. This
approach extends far beyond the CPA Program. CPA professional
development courses provide life-long learning, making sure those
skills gained in the CPA certification program are maintained and
enhanced as best in class through all phases of your career as a
The new CPA is more than an accounting designation - it also is
a business credential that can open many doors.
Want to be a CEO, CFO, or Chairperson of the
Whether you take the audit or industry stream, the CPA
professional program gives you the strategic, management and
technical skills to open the doors to the highest echelons of
Want international recognition so you can work anywhere
in the world?
The Canadian CPA designation is recognized and respected
worldwide. The high quality of the CPA Program allows the CPA
profession to enter into reciprocity agreements with many of the
world's leading accounting bodies, providing members with the
opportunity to live and work abroad.
Want an accounting career in industry, government,
not-for-profit or under the guidance of a CPA in
public accounting without becoming a designated
CPA Canada's Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance
(ACAF) is designed to appeal to those who aspire to a career in
accounting, but not as a designated professional
CPA Certification - The Design
The new CPA certification program charts the pathway to becoming
a Canadian CPA and incorporates the best of the legacy programs
(CA, CGA and CMA). It consists of three components: education,
examination and experience. The program is nationally developed and
Admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP),
a graduate-level program, requires completion of a post-secondary
degree, with specific subject-area coverage. Applicants who lack
some or all of the specific subject-area courses can fulfil these
requirements through the CPA Prerequisite Education Program courses
offered by provincial/regional CPA bodies or through post-secondary
CPA PEP candidates complete six modules: two core modules, two elective modules and two capstone modules. The modules focus on
enhancing a CPA candidates' ability to apply knowledge, values,
ethics and attitudes in a professional context, and prepare them
for the three-day Common Final Examination (CFE).
In addition to successfully completing their education and
passing the CFE, all candidates must complete a prescribed term of
relevant, progressive practical experience.
There are two routes to obtain qualifying practical
- Pre-Approved Program: Relevant experience is gained in training
positions pre-approved by the profession.
- Experience Verification: Relevant experience is gained with the
candidate's employer and verified by the profession.
Experience may be gained through either route or a combination
of both. No matter the route taken, candidates must complete a
minimum 30-month term (24 months in Quebec).
CPA Canada Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance
This fall, CPA Canada launches the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance
(ACAF), a new program for individuals seeking to enhance their
career in accounting or finance, but not as a qualified CPA.
Today, flexibility is essential. Offering multiple paths to join
an exciting and evolving profession helps us attract the best and
brightest minds. The passion and talents of these individuals will
ensure that Canada's accounting profession continues to deliver
positive results with commitment to the highest standards of
Tashia Batstone is the vice-president of education services at CPA
Canada. She is responsible for CPA Canada's student qualification
standards and assessments, continuing education products and
services, specialization programs and the profession's
international qualification appraisal program. Tashia can be
contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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