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Obtain a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

Become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

Becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) is your ticket to a world of opportunities in accounting and finance. CPAs are in demand thanks to their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and management skills. Get the designation that will advance your knowledge, broaden your prospects and enhance your reputation – the Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

More information: CPA Path

CPA Certification Program Requirements:

  1. Meet the degree requirement. Entry into the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) requires a 120 credit-hour degree from a degree-granting institution and the completion of the minimum number of courses/modules in each required subject area at a post-secondary institution (PSI)
  2. The following courses can be taken at the School of Continuing Studies to meet the prerequisite course requirement for entry into the CPA PEP. Unless otherwise noted, all of the required courses for each subject area must be completed in order to meet the entrance requirements for the CPA PEP. A single course may appear against more than one subject area in cases where it covers competencies across multiple content areas. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all courses within a subject area at one PSI.

Non-Core Prerequisites

Subject Area CPA Preparatory Course School of Continuing Studies Equivalent Course(s) Minimum Grade
Financial Reporting Introductory Financial Accounting 0984 Accounting: The Fundamentals 50 % in each course
Management Accounting Introductory Management Accounting 0983 Management Accounting
Other General Business Topics Economics 0980 Economics: Introductory
Statistics 0081 Quantitative Methods for Business Management
Business Law 0973 Business Law
Information Technology 1209 Management Information Systems

Core Prerequisites

Subject Area CPA Preparatory Course Equivalent Course(s) Minimum Grade
Financial Reporting Intermediate Financial Reporting I 3404 Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 60 % in each course & 65 % average across all core courses
Intermediate Financial Reporting II 3405 Intermediate Financial Accounting 2
Advanced Financial Reporting 0914 Advanced Financial Accounting
Strategy and Governance Performance Management 0974 Business Strategy
Management Accounting Intermediate Management Accounting 0915 Advanced Management Accounting
Audit and Assurance Audit and Assurance 2331 External Auditing
Finance Corporate Finance 0976 Financial Management
Taxation Taxation 0975 Taxation for Canadian Business

CPA Certification Program

Individuals interested in becoming a CPA are advised to carefully review the information provided here and follow the instructions accordingly.

The results of the transcript assessment will identify your path towards certification. From there, you will be responsible for fulfilling any missing prerequisite courses by completing CPA preparatory courses, courses recognized as equivalent by CPA Ontario to prerequisite components, or a combination thereof.

Once you have been admitted into the CPA PEP and successfully complete all requirements of the CPA PEP and the CPA practical experience requirement (PER), you will be eligible to be admitted to membership for the CPA designation.

Updated: December 2017
The Association may offer designations in addition to the one(s) identified. The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies is committed to providing current and accurate information about the requirements of the Association leading to the designation(s) identified. Given that everyone has a unique combination of education and professional experience, contact the Association directly to confirm your pathway to the designation.