Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

A CPA designation provides you with the skills and knowledge that are in high demand. Being a CPA is about having the designation that gives you the opportunity to build the career you want. It’s 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.

Becoming a CPA requires a student to successfully complete:

  • the Academic Prerequisites for admission into the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP);
  • the CPA PEP, including the Common Final Examination (CFE) and;
  • the Practical Experience Requirement (PER).

To learn about the path to becoming a CPA, please visit: CPA Path

What are Preparatory Courses?

Preparatory courses, previously called the CPA Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP), are the courses offered by CPA Ontario that encompass the entrance requirements for both the CPA PEP and the ACAF program.

  • For individuals interested in becoming a CPA, the prerequisite course requirement for entry into the CPA PEP can be fulfilled by completing the 14 preparatory courses that cover all of the required subject areas, or equivalent through a post-secondary institution.

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 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 CPA PEP. In several instances, coverage of a subject area requires the completion of multiple courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all courses within a subject area at one PSI.



Subject Area CPA Preparatory Courses

School of Continuing Studies Equivalent


Minimum Grade

Financial Reporting

Management Accounting

Other General Business Topics

Introductory Financial Accounting

Introductory Management Accounting



Business Law


0984 Accounting: The Fundamentals

0983 Management Accounting

0980 Economics: Introductory

0081 Quantitative Methods for Business Management

0973 Business Law

50% in each course



Subject Area CPA Preparatory Courses

School of Continuing Studies Equivalent


Minimum Grade

Financial Reporting



Strategy and Governance

Management Accounting

Audit and Assurance




Intermediate Financial Reporting I

Intermediate Financial Reporting II

Advanced Financial Reporting

Performance Management

Intermediate Management Accounting

Audit and Assurance

Corporate Finance


Data Analytics and Information Systems

Information Technology

3404 Intermediate Financial Accounting 1

3405 Intermediate Financial Accounting 2

0914 Advanced Financial Accounting

0974 Business Strategy

0915 Advanced Management Accounting*

2331 External Auditing*

0976 Financial Management*

0975 Taxation for Canadian Business

{Integrated through prerequisite courses marked with "*"}

1209 Management Information Systems*

60 % in each course & 65 % average across all core courses

Achieving your CPA designation

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

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