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.

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.

Prepare for the Common Final Examination (CFE) by reviewing these case examples for all three days of the CFE.

Following every CFE, CPA Canada publishes the CFE Board of Examiners’ report, which provides feedback on candidates’ performance and commentary from the Board of Examiners.


Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) annually offers its views on priorities for the federal budget. Review past submissions of pre-budget briefs and consultations, and post-budget release opinions and commentary.

Our Firm Directory allows you to search for Canadian CPA firms using our interactive map as well as other criteria.

Jointly presented by CPA Canada and CPA Ontario, The ONE is the must-attend, multi-track event of the year, designed for all CPAs who want to be at the top of their game.