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The CPA Competency Map lays the foundation for the CPA certification program, including education, accreditation, examinations, and practical experience requirements, and describes the knowledge, skills and proficiency levels you must achieve to become a Canadian CPA. Effective January 1, 2020, the 2020 CPA Competency Map is the next major update to the original 2019 CPA Competency Map.
The 2020 CPA Competency Map still describes in detail the two types of competencies — technical and enabling — that employers in public practice, industry, and government require of accounting professionals. The main changes to the 2020 CPA Competency Map include:
In addition to the changes to the 2020 Competency Map, an online tool is now available. It provides users with a variety of convenient features, including a streamlined layout that displays competencies alongside knowledge lists, as well as the ability to filter the Map by competency area, module and proficiency level.
The timing of when the changes to the 2020 Competency Map will be incorporated into the different components of the CPA certification program will vary. Below are the key implementation dates:
Due to the significance of the changes to the 2019 Competency Map, incorporation of the DAIS and taxation changes were rolled out over a period of time to allow students/candidates, employers, and post-secondary institutions time to transition to the new competency requirements. The CPA PEP and CPA preparatory courses have completed their incorporation of the changes. The outstanding components of the CPA certification will be updated as follows:
The 2019 Outreach Package and Feedback Summary provide the rationale for the changes that were incorporated into the 2020 Competency Map.
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