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The CPA Competency Map: Qualifications for the Canadian CPA designation

Learn the proficiencies in specific competencies you must demonstrate to qualify for the CPA designation.

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The CPA Competency Map lays the foundation for the CPA certification program, including education, accreditation, examinations, and practical experience requirements, and describes the knowledge, skills and proficiency levels you must achieve to become a Canadian CPA.

The 2022 CPA Competency Map is the current iteration of the map and describes in detail the two types of competencies — technical and enabling — which employers in public practice, industry, and government require of accounting professionals. 

The new Competency Map (CM 2.0) is designed to reflect the changing landscape of the accounting profession and will reflect workplace expectations and requirements and set a reasonable expectation on the volume of knowledge, skills, attributes, and competencies that can be learned and assessed.

The CPA Competency Map Tool is an online tool that provides users with a variety of convenient features, including a streamlined layout that displays competencies alongside knowledge lists, as well as the ability to filter the map by competency area, module and proficiency level. It is currently applicable to the 2022 Competency Map and will be updated to reflect the changes to the knowledge lists found in the 2022 Competency Map.