Pathways to becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

Depending on your educational background, you can take different pathways to gain or earn entry to the CPA PEP.

You must have both an undergraduate degree and specific subject area coverage to be admitted to the new CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).

We are committed to helping you meet these entry requirements, and provide you different pathways to your CPA designation.

Unification has raised many questions about how the education and prior experience of legacy and transitioning CA, CMA and CGA students will be recognized by the CPA profession. Read this page for the answers.

If you don’t have an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to get into the new CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) by fulfilling the eligibility criteria.

Learn how the Canadian CPA profession assesses international credentials and provides streamlined programs to help internationally trained accountants become Canadian CPAs.


Jointly presented by CPA Canada and CPA Ontario, The ONE is the must-attend, multi-track event of the year, designed for all CPAs who want to be at the top of their game.

Our Firm Directory allows you to search for Canadian CPA firms using our interactive map as well as other criteria.

You’re in the eye of the storm amid a swirl of slips, forms and receipts. Chart your way through tax-time turbulence with these updates and resources.