Become a CPA, CMA: Information for internationally trained accountants

If you are a member of an international accounting body that had an MRA with the legacy Certified Management Accountants of Canada, you may be eligible to earn your Canadian credential by completing these steps.

Legacy agreements currently remain in place with the following international accounting bodies. The CPA Profession is currently in the process of reviewing all legacy agreements. The following legacy agreements will remain in place until the reassessments have been completed. If you are a qualified member in good standing of one of the following international accounting bodies, complete the steps below to earn your Canadian designation:

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • CPA Australia


CIMA and CPA Australia members must meet all the following requirements to become a Canadian CPA, CMA:

  • possess a university degree or the equivalent (CPA Australia applicants without a university degree will be considered for membership if they possess a minimum of five years of practical experience at the “incontestable level” at the Advanced Proficiency level of the CMA Competency Map [also known as CS-3 and CS-4 levels of the CMA Competency Map]).
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada or be a citizen of Canada
  • have a residential or business address in the province in which you reside
  • be a member in good standing with CIMA or CPA Australia with no outstanding disciplinary charges or outstanding complaints that are in the course of investigation
  • have declared any criminal or previous disciplinary action
  • have qualified as a member by completing the entire CIMA or CPA Australia certification program, whichever is applicable
  • have not previously attempted and failed a CMA Canada or CPA Canada qualifying examination
  • have completed the application form, prior to admission and while a permanent resident or citizen of Canada
  • for CPA Australia members, completion of the Strategic Management Accounting subject as part of the CPA Australia program

If you meet these criteria, contact your provincial CPA body in the jurisdiction you currently or plan to reside for information on the application process you need to complete to become a CPA, CMA.


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