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.


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