ICAEW CAs seeking Canadian CPA designation

If you are a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), learn how you can earn a Canadian CPA designation.

To obtain the Canadian CPA designation, eligible ICAEW CAs must register with the appropriate provincial/regional CPA body by completing the following steps:

  1. Complete the MRA/RMA International Applicant Form and send it to the provincial/regional CPA body to which you intend to apply.
  2. Complete the Request for Certification of Membership with a GAA Member Body form.
  3. Provide confirmation that you are a CA in good standing with the ICAEW; such confirmation must be provided directly by the ICAEW to the provincial/regional CPA body.
  4. Provide proof of your legal name as evidenced by acceptable government-issued documentation.
  5. Pay the appropriate fee, as determined by the applicable provincial/regional CPA body.
  6. Complete any additional requirements as prescribed by the applicable provincial/regional CPA body.

Maintenance of membership

In order to maintain membership with the applicable provincial/regional CPA body through this agreement, you must successfully complete the CPA Reciprocity Professional Development course (CPARPD) within two years of your official membership admission date. This course consists of approximately 20 hours of online study in Canadian tax, law and ethics in a modular form. Applicants must register for this course through their provincial/regional CPA body.

Pathway requirements for licensure

While the CPA profession strives for national consistency, provincial regulations and bylaws take precedence over national practical experience requirements. Applicants should refer to provincial regulations and bylaws for the specific requirements in each jurisdiction.

Once eligible to become a member of a provincial/regional CPA body, you may receive a license to practice public accounting in Canada if you meet the following criteria:

  • you meet any additional Canadian CPA experience requirements for public accounting, which may include at least 1,250 chargeable hours in assurance, of which a minimum of 625 hours must be obtained in the audit of historical financial information

Appropriate audit experience:

  • if obtained in the United Kingdom, may count towards meeting the afore-mentioned 1,250 / 625 chargeable hours' requirement
  • must occur within five years of application to the provincial/regional CPA body

You must also:

  • meet any additional experience requirements for public accounting specific to the provincial/regional CPA body in which you seek the right to audit, and to other services requiring provincial registration or licensure
  • complete the CPA Reciprocity Education and Examination (CPARE) program
    • applicants must register in the CPARE program through their provincial/regional CPA
    • applicants who pass the CPARE program within two years of obtaining membership with a provincial/regional CPA body will not be required to also complete the CPARPD