Transparency and accountability, the CPA way

You’re always navigating ethics at work. That’s why a strong grasp on best practices is so important. Refresh your knowledge of corporate ethics in one of our online courses.

Ethics: it’s more than doing the right thing. In a complex business environment, the real value-added benefits are about supporting corporate responsibility, restoring public trust and protecting the credibility of the profession.

Why? Because the world needs more corporate leaders who are focused on creating economically and socially sustainable organizations. When you approach your work with an ethical lens, there’s a built-in opportunity to champion financial performance as a goal that’s not mutually exclusive from operating with integrity.

A culture of transparency is fundamental to this vision, and it’s vital for CPAs to lead by example. In fact, some provincial bodies even require members to complete an ethics course each year. Please check with yours to confirm.

CPA Canada’s Ethics Online Course Series is designed to meet the unique needs of CFOs, auditors and independent consultants. Each course is worth four CPD hours and can be taken individually, offering a balanced mix of theory, practice, suggested solutions and evaluation.


This executive course highlights some of the top ethical issues that CFOs are facing today – from new and unexpected situations to the distinct challenges of the C-suite.

You’ll benefit from a curriculum that includes firsthand accounts from CFOs on how to balance core leadership responsibilities with ethical considerations, risk management, internal control, long-term profitability and more.


Independence is essential to the authoritative and trustworthy reputation of auditors. This course emphasizes ethical autonomy while exploring key threats to auditor independence, such as self-interest, advocacy, familiarity and intimidation.

You will have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned using auditor case studies that address disclosure, compliance, financial reporting and breaches in standards.


Successful consultants must be able to demonstrate expertise and integrity. In this course, you’ll discover how fellow CPA consultants are choosing to navigate tough ethical dilemmas in their practice.

You’ll also learn how to best provide a valuable outsider perspective to your clients on matters such as fraud, financial irregularities, or establishing new guidelines to create organizational change.

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While best practices are constantly evolving, one constant is your ability to bring those values to life through thoughtful decision-making, strategic planning and ethical actions.

To learn more about the importance of ethics for CPAs, register for a course in our Ethics Online Course Series.