You must have both an undergraduate degree and specific subject area coverage to be admitted to the new CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). The CPA profession is committed to helping students meet these entry requirements. Undergraduate degree holders lacking some or all of the required subject area coverage have several options. Things to know If you didn’t acquire the required subject area coverage as part of your undergraduate degree [as in a non-Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree, for example], you can get it through our new CPA Prerequisite preparatory courses (formerly CPA PREP). CPA preparatory courses were developed nationally by the profession and are delivered part-time, either through self-study or instructor-facilitated sessions by provincial or regional CPA bodies. You only have to take the courses you need. You can also acquire the specific subject areas through courses offered by universities or colleges.