Become a CPA, CMA: Information for internationally trained accountants

If you are a member of an international accounting body that had an MRA with the legacy Certified Management Accountants of Canada, you may be eligible to earn your Canadian credential by completing these steps.

The legacy agreement currently remains in place with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). The CPA profession is currently in the process of reviewing all legacy agreements. If you are a qualified member in good standing with CIMA, complete the steps below to earn your Canadian designation.


CIMA members must meet all the following requirements to become a Canadian CPA, CMA:

  • possess a university degree or the equivalent
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada or be a citizen of Canada
  • have a residential or business address in the province in which you reside
  • be a member in good standing with CIMA with no outstanding disciplinary charges or outstanding complaints that are in the course of investigation
  • have declared any criminal or previous disciplinary action
  • have qualified as a member by completing the entire CIMA certification program
  • have not previously attempted and failed a CMA Canada or CPA Canada qualifying examination
  • have completed the application form, prior to admission and while a permanent resident or citizen of Canada

If you meet these criteria, contact your provincial CPA body in the jurisdiction in which you currently or plan to reside for information on the application process you need to complete to become a CPA, CMA.