Chartered Professional Accountant

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Meeting the challenges of your future.

Athabasca University’s (AU) Faculty of Business provides specific online courses and business programs to help you meet the requirements for entering the graduate level Professional Education Program of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).

Becoming a CPA

Chartered Professional Accountant logoThe Athabasca University Faculty of Business is working together with the new CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants) association to ensure your accounting needs are met, but be sure you understand and keep apprised of any new regulations or requirements moving forward by researching with your provincial association.

Chartered Professional Accountant Designation

Globally recognized and respected, the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation is your key to a successful career. If you’re looking to enter the world of business or finance, you’ll need the professional accounting credential that will open doors and enhance your prospects.

Becoming a CPA is a wise decision. While stereotypes still exist framing accounting as dull and overly precise, the fact is that Canadian CPAs are well-paid professionals who are in demand around the world. They are CEOs, board members, management consultants and more—and are critical to the success of any business or organization. Why become a CPA?

CPA Preparatory course listing and transfer equivalencies

For Courses that can be taken at AU to fulfill CPA preparatory requirements see the:

CPA Transfer Credit Guide

For Courses that can potentially be taken with CPA to transfer to AU see our:

Transfer Credit Database

If you are in a program and are considering taking courses directly with CPA a letter of permission should be obtained and your selections then confirmed with a senior program advisor.

CPA Degree Requirement

You must have an undergraduate degree with specific subject area coverage to be admitted to the CPA PEP.

If your degree doesn’t include all the required subject area coverage [e.g., a degree other than a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)], you can get that coverage through the course listing provided in the above section for PEP Preparatory courses.

CPA Preparatory courses

If you are seeking admission to the CPA PEP but lack some or all of the necessary prerequisites for entry (based on your transcript evaluation conducted by your provincial/regional CPA body), you can take courses to gain the knowledge requirements you are missing. You only have to complete the courses you require. These can be completed directly through us accessing the listing above or can be taken through CPA directly:

Minimum Grade Requirements

Students should always aim to achieve a C+ minimum. For specific details regarding minimum grades and minimum GPA requirements, download a copy of the CPA Harmonized Education Policy. (Minimum grade and GPA requirements are found on page 4).

CPA Resources

Information on this site is the most recent available at time of posting. However, designation requirements are stipulated by each provincial accounting association and may change at any time.

Contact your provincial association to have an assessment completed and your course requirements confirmed. Keep this information for your records.

Accounting Programs

AU’s Faculty of Business provides specific courses and programs to help you meet the requirements for various professional designations including the new Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

PLEASE NOTE: Most post-secondary courses are intended to meet the needs of a varied student audience and thus may not fulfill the requirements of any one professional accounting organization in their entirety. As a result, you should not rely solely on the courses listed herein to provide you with the level of knowledge, comprehension, or application required by entrance or other qualifying exams. You are encouraged to study for these exams based on the specific requirements outlined in the most recent syllabus of the applicable professional accounting organization. This may mean that you need to supplement your post-secondary coursework with more syllabus-specific studies.

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