Information for Canadian CPAs seeking international designations

Learn about the eligibility of Canadian CPAs applying for membership with an international accounting body under a mutual recognition or reciprocal membership agreement.

All three legacy designations (CA, CGA and CMA) had negotiated recognition agreements with international accounting bodies. While these agreements remain in effect until Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) negotiates new agreements, the existing agreements apply only to members of the legacy bodies with which they were negotiated.

CPA Canada is currently renegotiating these agreements on behalf of the unified CPA profession. It is expected that new agreements will be in place by December 2017.

Applying for the U.S. CPA designation

Currently, the only Canadian CPA members eligible to apply for the U.S. CPA designation under a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) are CPA, CA members, who are covered by an MRA between the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA). This agreement has been extended to April 30, 2017, to allow sufficient time for CPA Canada to finalize a new agreement.

Other legacy members and newly qualified CPAs are not covered by the existing agreement.

Information on the new agreement will be released as soon as it is available.


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