The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) certification program

Learn more about the components that make up the CPA certification program.

The CPA certification program consists of education, a period of meeting relevant experience requirements, and the Common Final Examination.

The CPA certification program charts the pathway to becoming a Canadian CPA. It incorporates the best of existing legacy programs and reflects what business, public practice and government require from professional accountants.

To qualify for the CPA designation, you must demonstrate proficiency in specific technical and enabling competencies.

To earn the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, Canada’s pre-eminent accounting and business credential, students and candidates must complete relevant practical experience in addition to formal education and the Common Final Examination.

Learn how the CPA certification program assesses the knowledge and skills of those seeking the CPA designation with this overview of the evaluation components.


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