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ACCA members requesting to be admitted as a member of CPABC through the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must have obtained membership into ACCA through the completion of the ACCA Professional or Part 3 examinations, and met the required experience.
  2. Members who obtained membership into ACCA through an MRA with another professional body are not eligible to become a member of CPABC pursuant to this MRA.
  3. Must not have any outstanding ethics complaints, nor have been subject to any disciplinary sanctions with ACCA within the five (5) years prior to their application.
  4. Applicants admitted as members by ACCA after July 31, 1998, must have a degree from a post-secondary institution recognized by CPABC.

An ACCA member seeking membership into CPABC must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. All applicants with a university degree must have a minimum of a 3 or 4 year recognized bachelor’s degree (90 or 120 credits Canadian equivalency), or a combination of a bachelor’s and master’s degree from a degree granting post-secondary institution other than ACCA or other professional accounting bodies.  A master’s degree on its own, does not meet the degree requirement.
  2. Complete the online Overview of Canadian Tax and Law course. If you do not meet eligibility for membership, the course fee will not be refunded.
  3. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident in Canada, or otherwise lawfully permitted to work in Canada.
  4. Meet any other admission requirements as imposed by CPABC or under law.

Download and complete the CPA, CGA Membership Application Form for Members of ACCA and read the ACCA FAQ.

  1. Please TYPE in both upper and lower-case. Use the first, middle and last name (full legal name) on your government-issued identification, and do not use unofficial nicknames.
     
  2. Submit proof of identity.
    • Provide a copy of two different government-issued identification: birth certificate, passport, citizenship card or driver’s license. The first and last names of both IDs must match. If there is information on both sides of the document, photocopy both sides.
    • One of the government-issued identity documents must include a photo and both IDs must have your birth date.
    • The full legal name on your government-issued identification must match the name on your all documents, including your post-secondary transcripts and ACCA membership standing letter and transcript.
       
  3. Submit proof of Canadian citizenship, permanent residency or a valid Canadian work permit.
    • If there is information on both sides of the document, photocopy both sides.
       
  4. If applicable, submit proof of your legal name change.

    • Only applies if the name on your documents are not in your current name.
    • Certificate of a name change, marriage and divorce certificates are acceptable.
       
  5. Submit your completed application form, copy of two different government-issued identification, (and if applicable, proof of your name change and evidence to lawfully work in Canada all together in one document and fax to 604.235.3316 or mail it to CPABC (see address below).

  6. Pay the application fee.

    • After you submit your application, a login and payment link will be emailed to you. Once you pay the non-refundable application fee, please email your order confirmation receipt to: 
      CGA-BCInternationalInquiries@bccpa.ca.
    • Your application will not be reviewed until your order confirmation is received.
    • If you do not meet eligibility for membership for any reasons including failing to meet the April 30, 2021 deadline to provide all supporting documents, your application will not be processed and your application fee will not be refunded.
       
  7. Contact your post-secondary institution to have an official sealed transcript sent directly to CPABC.
    • You must have a 3 year recognized bachelor’s degree (90 credits Canadian equivalency), or a combination of a bachelor’s and master’s degree from a degree granting post-secondary institution other than ACCA or other professional accounting bodies. A master’s degree on its own, does not meet the degree requirement.
    • The transcript must include your full legal name which must match your government-issued ID and include your degree award/conferred date.
    • If your degree(s) were awarded outside of Canada, you will need to submit an academic assessment report and you do not need to submit your post-secondary transcript. Please request a WES ICAP (course by course) report of post-secondary degree(s) for Canadian equivalency.  You can order a WES ICAP report online and select “Chartered Professional Accountants of BC” as a recipient.
    • The Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting degree awarded by Oxford-Brookes is recognized by CPA Canada. You will not be required to submit an academic assessment report if you were awarded a degree from Oxford Brookes University.  Please contact OBU to have your transcript emailed to: 
      CGA-BCInternationalInquiries@bccpa.ca.
       
  8. Contact ACCA to have a “CPA Letter of Good Standing” and an official ACCA transcript to be emailed directly to CPABC.
    • We only accept official letters and transcripts received directly from ACCA.
       
  9. Submit your resume.
    • Use the first and last name that is on your government-issued identification and submit by email.
    • DO NOT declare that you are a member of CPABC until you have been officially admitted into membership.
       
  10. Complete the online Overview of Canadian Income Taxation and Law course.
    • This course is available through the CPA Store.
    • Register under your first and last name that is on your government-issued identification.
    • Email the certificate of completion to:
      CGA-BCInternationalInquiries@bccpa.ca.
    • If you do not meet eligibility for membership, the course fee will not be refunded.
       
  11. Submit certified copies of your two government-issued identification to CPABC.
    • CPABC will email you instructions on how to certify photocopies.

Send Items #1#7, and #11 to:
Jacqueline Chow, Membership Registration Coordinator
Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia
800 – 555 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6

If your application is successful, you will receive an email from our Finance Department to pay all applicable fees. Once your fees have been paid, you will be admitted to membership and have the right to use the CPA, CGA designation. Please view CPABC's fee schedule.

Admission as a member under this MRA does not automatically provide a member with the right to work in public practice.  In the province of British Columbia, CPABC, through the Public Practice Committee, administers the requirements to receive a practice licence. Only those applicants intending to set up a public practice firm in the province are required to obtain a practice licence. Information regarding the requirements for a licence is available by emailing publicpractice@bccpa.ca or by checking the public practice area.

An MRA is a Mutual Recognition Agreement which provides a route for qualified members of either body to become a member of the other body and enjoy the benefits which both designations can offer. This includes providing members with increased international recognition and mobility. The MRA is not applicable to students, individuals who obtained their ACCA via another MRA, or to ACCA members who do not hold a post-secondary bachelor’s degree.

The MRA between CPA Canada (formerly CGA Canada) and ACCA was terminated effective May 1, 2020. The previous MRA will be respected for a one-year notice period for applicants to submit their fully completed application to CPABC by April 30, 2021 at 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. After April 30, 2021, CPABC will have 12 months to process these applications.  CPABC will not accept applications after April 30, 2021.

For more information regarding the MRA between ACCA and CPA Canada, please visit CPA Canada's FAQ for ACCA Members page.

The MRA provides ACCA members with increased recognition in various parts of the world with increased international mobility.

Active CPA, CGA members who entered the profession through the MRA or who become a member following receipt of a successful application by April 30, 2021 will be grandfathered as members of CPABC provided they continue to meet the ongoing requirements for membership.

The agreement applies to members of both bodies wherever they are located in the world, except for the province of Quebec. ACCA members residing in Canada must apply through the provincial association where they reside.

Yes. CPA, CGAs who are members of a provincial body enjoy full mobility within Canada. The CPA profession in Canada is regulated at the provincial level. This means CPA, CGAs moving from one province to another are required to apply for membership in the province(s) that they will be living and/or working in. You may not use the designation in the province you are living/working in unless you are registered with that provincial body. Please contact the appropriate CPA provincial body for more information.

The non-refundable ACCA membership application fee is $650 + applicable taxes (Canadian). If you are not eligible for membership, you will not be refunded.

Please refer to CPABC's fee schedule.

ACCA members must complete the Overview of Canadian Tax and Law course offered by CPA Canada. The Canadian Tax and Law course can be accessed by visiting the CPAstore. Upon successful completion of the online course a copy of the certificate of completion must be sent to CPABC by April 30, 2021 as per the MRA. If you are not eligible for membership, the course fee will not be refunded.

The degree requirements under the MRA are a 3-year recognized bachelor’s degree (90 credits Canadian equivalency), or a combination of a bachelor’s and master’s degree from a degree granting post-secondary institution other than ACCA or another professional accounting body. ACCA courses cannot be used towards the 90 required credits

ACCA members who gained membership to ACCA after July 31, 1998 are required to hold a recognized university degree. If you do not have a three-year bachelor’s degree, please email CPABC's Recruitment Team to discuss further options.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting degree awarded by Oxford-Brookes is recognized by CPA Canada. You will not be required to submit an academic assessment report if you were awarded a degree from Oxford Brookes University.

If you are planning to move to Canada and to another province other than BC within 6 months of applying for membership to CPABC, please apply to that provincial body instead of CPABC.

Generally, it may take up to four months to process a fully completed application. Under the terms of the MRA, completed applications must be received must by April 30, 2021 at 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Members of CPABC must pay annual membership dues, meet Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements, and continue to meet the standards of the profession. Please note membership in CPABC does not provide you with a licence to offer public practice services. Please contact Public Practice for licensing information. 

Only full members of ACCA can qualify to become a CPA, CGA under the MRA.

CPABC have adopted the International Federation of Accountants’ (IFAC) CPD standards. Members will be required to report CPD activities annually to CPABC. For more info, please visit our CPD webpage.

No. Members must meet the residency requirements and the public practice entry requirements of CPABC. Please contact Public Practice for more information.

While the CPA, CGA designation is widely recognized internationally you must contact the accounting body in the foreign jurisdiction you plan to work in to inquire about use of the designation.

No. Members wishing to obtain a practicing certificate from a particular country will need to meet additional requirements specified by the regulatory authority in that country.