CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) module resources

The CPA PEP Core, Elective and Capstone modules contain several resources that are available to candidates in an adaptive learning environment.


The CPA Canada Learning Library 

The CPA Canada Learning Library covers technical and enabling competencies and consists of several volumes (eBooks) that are available to candidates in both PDF and online formats. The eBooks include resources such as written instruction, snapshots, examples, summary problems and e-lessons on key technical topics.

Core, Elective and Capstone technical reviews

Candidates can access the eBooks and practice multiple-choice questions through a module-specific technical review within Brightspace (D2L), CPA Canada’s learning management system. Candidates are given access to all technical reviews once they are enrolled in the Introduction to the PEP module. 

In addition to housing the eBooks, the technical reviews offer the following optional features to support candidate learning, including:

  • diagnostic assessments that evaluate a candidate’s proficiency on technical topics covered in the module
  • a personalized syllabus focused on technical topics where candidates require additional study
  • tailored adaptive reviews that reinforce learning and provide candidates with an opportunity for additional practice
  • a test bank to generate custom assessments for practice

Introduction to the CPA PEP module

Introduction to the PEP is an optional module that provides candidates with valuable resources. All candidates are enrolled in Introduction to the PEP. The resources within the Introduction to the PEP module include, but are not limited to:

  • PEP orientation materials for new and transitional candidates
  • module-specific technical reviews
  • core and elective module syllabi
  • technical reviews
  • an interactive case-writing tutorial
  • diversity, equity and inclusion training

Module Syllabi

Each module’s syllabus is publicly available on the Certification Resource Centre.

The CPA Canada Competency Map

The CPA Competency Map is a guide to understanding the competencies a candidate must demonstrate to become a CPA. Candidates are responsible for prerequisite knowledge as outlined in the CPA Competency Map and should use the document to understand what concepts are examinable. Refer to The CPA Competency Map for additional details.


Knotia is CPA Canada’s research platform for insights into accounting, assurance, and taxation matters. Through Knotia, candidates will have access to the following subscriptions:

  • CPA Canada Standards and Guidance Collection (exam reference)
  • Excise Tax Act (exam reference)
  • Federal Income Tax Collection (exam reference)