Education partners: The role of PSIs and academics in the CPA certification program

Learn more about the vital role post-secondary institutions (PSIs) play in the education of Canada’s accounting professionals.

For decades, post-secondary institutions (PSIs) have worked in partnership with all three legacy professional programs to deliver relevant, high-quality education. They have done this by providing prerequisite courses for admission to legacy professional programs and, in some cases, being accredited to deliver all or part of the professional education programs.

Our new, unified Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) profession plans to build on these relationships, partnering with Canadian colleges and universities to offer non-degree holders the opportunity to obtain an undergraduate degree and the required prerequisite courses.

PSIs have the opportunity to partner with us to deliver CPA education in two ways:

  • delivery of prerequisite learning for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) through undergraduate and graduate programs recognized by the CPA profession as meeting the specific knowledge requirements for entry to the CPA PEP
  • delivery of some or all of the CPA PEP through graduate programs equivalent to the profession’s programs meeting the competency requirements defined in The CPA Competency Map

The Capstone 1 and 2 design document will help your post-secondary institution develop a curriculum equivalent in accreditation to the CPA PEP capstone modules.


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