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CPA Ireland 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 CPA Ireland and completed the final part of the CPA Ireland’s professional qualifications and satisfied CPA Ireland’s practical experience requirements.
  2. Members who obtained membership into CPA Ireland 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 CPA Ireland within the five (5) years prior to their application.
  4. Applicants admitted as members by CPA Ireland after 1997 must have a degree from a post-secondary institution recognized by CPABC.
  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 Ireland 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. Meet any other admission requirements as imposed by CPABC or under law.
  4. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident in Canada, or otherwise lawfully permitted to work in Canada.
  1. Download and complete the CPA, CGA Membership Application Form for Members of CPA Ireland and read the CPA Ireland 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 Ireland 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 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 than CPA Ireland 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 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.
       
  8. Contact CPA Ireland to have a “CPABC Letter of Good Standing” and an official CPA Ireland transcript to be emailed directly to CPABC: 
    • We only accept official letters and transcripts received directly from CPA Ireland.
       
  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.
    • 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 Ireland 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 Ireland 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 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.

The agreement applies to members of both bodies wherever they are located in the world, except for the province of Quebec. CPA Ireland members residing in British Columbia must apply through CPABC.
The term is for five years, commencing April 30, 2014.
The MRA provides CPAs with increased recognition in various parts of the world and therefore with increased international mobility.
CPAs must complete the Overview of Canadian Tax and Law course offered by CPA-Canada. CPAs may be exempt from this course if they have passed an equivalent course from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada.
CPAs who gained membership to CPA Ireland after July 31, 1998 are required to hold a recognized university degree.

Yes. CPAs applying from outside of Canada should apply directly to the province where they plan to reside.

Once the required documents are received by CPABC it would take one to three months to process an application to become a CPA, CGA under this MRA.
No. Individuals who are both a CPA and a CPA, CGA only need to ensure each designation’s requirements are maintained to remain a certified member of both bodies.

Yes. Members of both bodies are required to keep their membership if they are accepted as a member of the other body under this MRA.

The membership application fee is $650 + taxes if you reside in Canada, $450 + taxes if you apply from outside Canada. All fees are quoted in Canadian dollars.

Our current fee schedule can be viewed here on our website.

To maintain your membership you will be required to pay annual membership dues and meet the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for both CPA Ireland and CPABC. Members in public practice will also be required to meet the annual public practice registration requirements.

They are the same as CPA Ireland. Both CPA and CPABC have adopted the International Federation of Accountants’ (IFAC) CPD standards. Members will be required to report CPD activities annually to both CPABC and CPA Ireland.

Yes. Completion of CPA Ireland’s Continuing Professional Development program requirements will satisfy CPABC’s CPD requirements.

No. Members must meet the residency requirements and CPABC’s public practice entry requirements.

Yes. CPA, CGAs enjoy full mobility within Canada. Professions in Canada are regulated at the provincial level. This means CPA, CGAs moving from one province to another are required to transfer their membership to the province of residence and may be required to complete additional courses or exams.

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.

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