The CPA program is an earn-while-you-learn program, where candidates work full-time and study part-time, simultaneously. Estimated time to complete the program is 2.5 years; however, candidates have a time limit of 6 years to complete the program, with 1 extra year to complete any outstanding experience.
The CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) is a graduate-level program to obtain the CPA designation. Students focus on enhancing their ability to apply professional knowledge, values, ethics, and attitudes in a professional context.
The Common Final Examination (CFE) is a three-day examination in which CPA candidates demonstrate the depth and breadth of their competency development in accordance with the CPA Canada Competency Map.
The practical experience requirement (PER) is 30 months full-time, paid employment in accounting and finance with the relevant technical and enabling competencies.
The CPA program was developed nationally and is delivered by provincial or regional bodies across Canada.
In BC, the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB) delivers the academic components of the program, while CPABC administers the practical experience requirements.