Introductory Financial Accounting: CPA preparatory courses

Learn about the Introductory Financial Accounting CPA preparatory course.

If you are seeking admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) or the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF), you can take CPA preparatory courses to gain the knowledge requirements you are missing.

Introductory Financial Accounting is a self-study (non-core) course that provides an overview of the nature and purpose of accounting, including:

  • basic financial analysis
  • financial statements
  • the accounting cycle
  • accounting for cash
  • receivables
  • inventories
  • capital assets
  • short- and long-term liabilities
  • bonds
  • investments

The syllabus provides detailed information on the content of the course as well as the other CPA preparatory courses. The examination blueprint outlines the structure and length of course final examinations. 


This course is delivered provincially — or, in some cases, regionally — on a part-time basis to offer maximum flexibility and accessibility. Please contact your provincial/regional body to see which offerings are available in your area.


Semester 3:

  • Course start date: July 15, 2019
  • Final examination date: September 6, 2019
  • Final marks release date: September 23, 2019

Semester 4:

  • Course start date: September 7, 2019
  • Final examination date: November 29, 2019
  • Final marks release date: December 16, 2019