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

  1. Hold an accounting degree approved by CPA Australia and CPABC and have successfully completed:
    • the CPA Program including the practical experience requirement;
  2. Hold a non-accounting degree, and have successfully completed:
    • an appropriate accounting conversion course approved by CPA Australia; and
    • the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) including the practical experience requirement;
  3. A member of CPA Australia that does not fall under the above points but who has at least fifteen (15) years’ work experience, at least five (5) years of which has been at a senior level.
  4. Not have joined CPA Australia through an MRA with another accounting body.
  5. Not be the subject of a current investigation or referral to a hearing into your professional conduct; or have been subject to any disciplinary sanctions within the five (5) years prior to your application.
  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 CPA Australia 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.
  1. Download and complete the CPA, CGA Membership Application Form for Members of CPA Australia and read the CPA Australia FAQs.
    • 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 CPA Australia membership standing letter and transcript.
    • Once your application is reviewed, you will be requested by CPABC to submit two different certified government-issued identification. DO NOT submit certified documents until you have been instructed to do so by CPABC.  CPABC will email you instructions on how to certify photocopies.
       
  3. Submit proof of:  Canadian citizenship, permanent residence 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/divorce certificates, affidavits 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 email to: 
    CGA-BCInternationalInquiries@bccpa.ca.
     
  6. Pay the application fee.
    • Please note, the non-refundable application fee must be paid after submission of your application. Your application will not be reviewed until full payment is received.
    • After you submit your application, a login and payment link will be emailed to you. Once you pay the 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.
       
  7. Contact your post-secondary institution to have an official sealed transcript sent directly to CPABC.
    • You must have 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 thanCPA Australia or other professional accounting bodies. A master’s degree on its own, does not meet the degree requirement.
    • An official sealed transcript must be mailed directly by your post-secondary institution to CPABC.
    • The transcript must 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.
       
  8. Contact CPA Australia to have a “CPABC Letter of Good Standing” and an official CPA Australia transcript emailed directly to CPABC.
    • We only accept official letters and transcripts received directly from CPA Australia.
       
  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 after you have been instructed to do so by CPABC.
    • 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. Provide two different certified government-issued identification.
    • DO NOT submit certified documents until you have been instructed to do so by CPABC. CPABC will email you instructions on how to certify photocopies.

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.

Send Items #7, #8 and #11 to:

Jacqueline Chow, Membership Registration Coordinator
Chartered Professional Accountants of British
Columbia 800 – 555 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6

Members admitted under the terms of this MRA are required to maintain their CPA Australia designation. This includes payment of annual dues and annual reporting of CPD. If, for any reason, a member ceases to hold his or her CPA Australia designation, the member shall automatically cease to be a member of both bodies under this MRA.

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.

The MRA expired on December 26, 2018.  CPABC will continue to accept applications until further notice).  Members acquiring CPA, CGA membership under this MRA will be able to maintain their membership should the MRA not be renewed.

Yes. Members of both bodies are required to keep their original designation if they are accepted as a member of the other body.
No.
Senior level experience means that you have held a senior position in an organization for at least five years, including supervision of staff and the authority to sign-off financial statements. The following position titles are an indication of senior level experience:
  • CEO 
  • President 
  • Vice-President 
  • CFO 
  • Financial Controller 
  • General Manager 
  • Manager
  • Partner – Public Practice 
  • Sole Practitioner – Public Practice 
  • Partner in Non-Accounting Practice (e.g. law firm) 
  • Self-Employed / Owner of Business 
  • Academic / Teacher