The evaluation components of the Canadian CPA certification program

Learn how the CPA certification program assesses the knowledge and skills of those seeking the CPA designation with this overview of the evaluation components.

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As a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) candidate, you must complete multiple individual examinations and team-based assessments that test your level of proficiency in the technical and enabling competencies of the accounting profession. The scope of these competencies is defined by The CPA Canada Competency Map, which provides the basis for the development of the CPA certification program.

CPA evaluation 

  • Core and elective modules: Set nationally and including objective format questions and short cases, these modules culminate in examinations you must successfully complete to be admitted to the next module. 
  • Capstone integrative module: This includes presentations and team-based assignments, and culminates in an integrated business case you complete as part of a team. 
  • Common Final Examination (CFE): This three-day examination requires you to demonstrate the depth and breadth of your competency development in accordance with The CPA Canada Competency Map. Candidates prepare for this examination by completing the capstone examination preparation module.