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To qualify for the CPA designation, you must demonstrate proficiency in specific technical and enabling competencies.
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The CPA Competency Map describes the knowledge, skills and proficiency levels you must have as a Canadian CPA. The Knowledge Supplement helps post-secondary institutions ensure their programs meet CPA program admission requirements.
The CPA Competency Map* describes in detail the two types of competencies — technical and enabling — that employers in public practice, industry, and government require of accounting professionals. It was specifically designed by a team of education experts in consultation with accounting academics, practitioners and employers to meet those requirements. It lays the groundwork for the CPA certification program, including its education, evaluations, accreditation, and practical experience requirements.
The CPA Competency Map specifies required subject areas, but not specific course requirements. These are covered in The CPA Competency Map Knowledge Supplement.*
*The updated CPA Competency Map and CPA Competency Map Knowledge Supplement have been issued and revised for clarification in 2018, retaining their original effective dates of 2013. The updates include minor corrections and revisions to enhance the clarity and currency of the information.
Financial reporting and management accounting are the key technical competencies, but you must also demonstrate competence in the other four technical areas.
You must also demonstrate competence in these enabling competencies:
The new Canadian CPA certification program is a fresh start; it does not simply cobble together the requirements of existing programs. Rather, it ensures that all CPAs will have the strong foundation of knowledge and skill they will need as professional accountants to succeed in whatever role or position they choose.
May 28, 2018
The rapidly evolving pace of technology is changing how we do business. Come together with technology investment decision-makers to develop strategic solutions and explore what the future holds.
October 1, 2018
The ONE is Canada’s must-attend, multi-track CPA event of the year. Stay at the top of your game with future-focused sessions, thought-provoking keynotes, prime networking opportunities and a first-class exhibition floor.
This event has multiple dates and locations. See event details for more information.
Attend the Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group meeting in-person or virtually via livestream. Virtual observers will be able to see and hear the discussion in real time along with those attending in person.