The blueprint to international tax expertise

Learn more about CPA Canada’s international tax curriculum – the only one of its kind in Canada.

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In today’s flourishing global economy, a key area of tax knowledge and specialization is international tax. Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) recently developed The Blueprint to International Tax Expertise, which is designed to support tax professionals who require a comprehensive knowledge of international tax principles and practices.

The curriculum takes you from mastering the essential principles and concepts to building and applying your unique portfolio of excellence. Each module enables a secure passage to the next level of development and expertise. The three-part curriculum is outlined below with further details.


  • a comprehensive introduction to the Canadian international tax system
  • essential concepts, principles and practices
  • international focus takes place in the final year of this three-year course

Who should attend?

Canadian tax professionals who are in the first five years of their tax career in a public accounting firm, a legal firm, a corporate setting or a regulatory government environment.


  • builds on the international tax concepts introduced in the In-Depth Tax Course, International Curriculum
  • deeper, more extensive coverage of the fundamental issues and rules of taxation governing Canadian multinational corporations with foreign operations
  • effective planning strategies for minimizing tax for businesses that operate across borders

Who should attend?

Canadian tax professionals who require a comprehensive knowledge of international tax principles and practices to effectively:

  • advise corporations on cross-border taxation issues
  • oversee the international taxation affairs of Canadian businesses in either an industry or government setting


  • increasing specialized knowledge and business application that prepares you to serve as an advisor to corporations and government on cross-border taxation issues
  • real-life case studies from current client files
  • learn how to resolve complex foreign affiliate issues such as:
    • structuring
    • reorganizations
    • the computation of foreign affiliate surplus and foreign accrual property income determinations
    • partnerships
    • characterization and interpretation questions

Who should attend?

Tax professionals who have a strong working knowledge of the foreign affiliate rules and require specialized knowledge in international tax to effectively:

  • advise corporations on cross-border taxation issues
  • oversee internally the international tax affairs of Canadian businesses
  • oversee the international tax files relating to Canadian businesses within a government setting

To see the complete program description, download The Blueprint to International Tax Expertise.


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