Ireland Chartered Accountants seeking the Canadian CPA designation

If you hold an Ireland CA credential, learn about the eligibility and application requirements to earn a Canadian CPA designation.

The reciprocal membership agreement (RMA) between all Canadian CPA bodies and Chartered Accountants Ireland (CA Ireland) came into effect on January 1, 2018.

Provincial/regional CPA bodies grant members with the right to:

  • use the CPA designation
  • be registered
  • audit
  • other services or licensure

If you would like to view the RMA, please contact a provincial/regional CPA body

Eligibility requirements for Ireland CAs seeking the Canadian CPA designation

If you hold an Ireland CA credential, you may be eligible to obtain the Canadian CPA designation via this RMA if you are a member in good standing with CA Ireland, and you meet the following additional criteria:

  • completed the education and training route of CA Ireland, or
  • completed a pathway under approved credit or other scheme arrangements that does not include exemption from the final qualifying exam of the certification

Exclusions:

Members who obtained their Irish CA credential by qualifying under a reciprocal agreement that CA Ireland may have with another professional accountancy organization are not eligible under this agreement. This includes all mutual recognition agreements, reciprocal membership agreements, and other similar agreements that CA Ireland may have had at any time.

Pathway to the Canadian CPA designation for Irish CAs

To obtain the Canadian CPA designation, eligible Irish 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 CA Ireland; such confirmation must be provided directly by CA Ireland 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 Ireland, 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