Taxation: CPA preparatory courses

Learn about the Taxation 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.

Taxation is an instructor-facilitated (core) course that provides an introduction to both personal and corporate tax principles, covering the how-tos of computing:

  • taxable, employment, business and property income
  • eligible deductions
  • capital cost allowance
  • capital gains
  • taxes payable

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. 

Prerequisite courses

You must complete or receive exemption from the following prerequisite courses in order to take Taxation:

Note: Effective January 1, 2018, Intermediate Financial Reporting 1 and Intermediate Financial Reporting 2 will be instated as additional prerequisite course requirements for Taxation. Until the end of 2017, you are strongly encouraged to take these courses to better prepare for Taxation, though it is not mandatory. 


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 4:

  • Course start date: October 7, 2017
  • Final examination date: November 25, 2017
  • Final marks release date: December 11, 2017


Semester 1:

  • Course start date: January 6, 2018
  • Final examination date: February 24, 2018
  • Final marks release date: March 12, 2018

Semester 2:

  • Course start date: April 7, 2018
  • Final examination date: May 26, 2018
  • Final marks release date: June 11, 2018

Semester 3:

  • Course start date: July 14, 2018
  • Final examination date: September 8, 2018
  • Final marks release date: September 24, 2018

Semester 4:

  • Course start date: October 13, 2018
  • Final examination date: December 1, 2018
  • Final marks release date: December 17, 2018