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What is the CPA designation?

The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation is globally recognized and provides you with the accounting credentials needed to succeed in the business world. The CPA certification program consists of education, a period of meeting relevant experience requirements and the Common Final Examination. CPA Canada supports its members by researching emerging business issues and supports the setting of accounting, auditing and assurance standards for businesses, not-for-profit organizations and the government. 

WHERE DO CPAS WORK?

INDUSTRY

Working for a single for-profit organization to manage risk, strengthen organization’s overall financial position and help maintain sustainability. 

PUBLIC PRACTICE

Working for a public accounting firm providing services such Audit, Tax, Management Consulting, Forensic Accounting and more. 

NOT-FOR-PROFIT

CPAs help not-for-profit bodies with effective strategy development, accounting stewardship and the delivery of high-quality transparent annual reports.

GOVERNMENT

CPAs work at all levels of government providing accounting expertise to guide financial planning and to maintain fiscal control. Roles include tax auditors, policy planners and financial analysts.

How do I become a CPA?

There are four key components required to obtain your CPA. These include: Undergraduate education, CPA PEP Modules, Common Final Exam (CFE) and recognized relevant practice experience. Therefore, in addition to your 4 year degree, it can take up to 2 years to complete the CPA PEP program plus you are required to complete 30 months of recognized relevant practical experience.

CPA PEP PROGRAM

The CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) is a graduate level program designed for CPA candidates. This program enhances the professional abilities of CPA candidates through applying knowledge, values, and attitudes in professional settings.

 

12-week summer program that can be completed after finishing an undergraduate degree. The Smith School of Business has its own Graduate Diploma in Accounting, which allows students to accelerate straight to the Capstone 1 module of the CPA PEP.

GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTING

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