A three-year undergraduate degree is usually equivalent to 90 credit hours and master’s degrees are typically equivalent to 60 credit hours. They may meet the degree requirement but will likely not meet the 120 credit hour degree requirement. Additional post-secondary education will need to be submitted to meet the 120 credit hour requirement. A transcript assessment, which is one of initial application steps for admission to the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB), is needed to confirm if you have met the program admission requirements.
If you have completed a degree within the province of British Columbia or the territory of Yukon, please see our Transfer Credit Guides to have an idea of how your degree and your Preparatory Course equivalents (if any) may count towards meeting the program admission requirements. Please note that a transcript assessment, which is one of initial application steps for admission to the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB), is still needed to actually confirm if you have met the program admission requirements.
If you have completed a degree in a Canadian province or territory outside of British Columbia and the Yukon, please request a transcript assessment with the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB) to confirm you have met the CPA Professional Education Program admission requirements. Your official transcript(s) in a sealed envelope sent directly from your university/college to the CPAWSB office is required for a transcript assessement.
If you have completed a degree outside of Canada, please request a transcript assessment with the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB) to confirm if you have met the CPA Professional Education Program admission requirements.
Our transcript review department must receive a third party credential assessment in addition to your official, unopened university/college transcripts. Assessments from the following third party international credentials evaluation service will be accepted:
We recommend that students with international education contact World Education Services (WES) and request a WES ICAP (International Credential Advantage Package) Degree Assessment. This package provides CPAWSB with: (1) information regarding the equivalency of your international degrees to Canadian level of education, (2) a detailed course by course listing, and (3) your official transcripts. This means students are NOT required to tell their international universities to mail education documents directly to the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB) office. With the WES ICAP process, applicants are only required to provide one official copy of their transcripts which WES later forwards to CPAWSB on your behalf.
The Mature Entrant Pathway for the CPA Professional Education Program is designed for people who do not have a university degree, but have substantial work experience that meets the CPA competency standards. Check out the Mature Entrant Pathway to see the eligibility criteria and required documents.
On behalf of all Canadian provincial and regional CPA bodies, CPA Canada has signed Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs), Reciprocal Membership Agreements (RMAs) and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with a number of international accounting organizations.
If you are an internationally designated accountant, please visit the Internationally Designated Accountants page for details.