To be eligible for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP), all applicants must satisfy the requirements listed below:
Along with an undergraduate degree in any discipline, you will be required to have specific subject area coverage of the following, as defined in the CPA Competency Map.
Preparatory Courses (Core)
Preparatory Courses (Non-core)
Intermediate Financial Reporting I
Introductory Financial Accounting
Intermediate Financial Reporting II
Introductory Management Accounting
Advanced Financial Reporting
Audit and Assurance
Intermediate Management Accounting
CPA Preparatory Courses is a nationally developed accelerated suite of courses designed for individuals who have an undergraduate degree but lack some or all of the prerequisites required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).
Who should enroll?
Alternatively, students can fulfill the prerequisite requirements at a recognized university and transfer them into the CPA program. See Transfer Credit Guides.
Until June 2017, legacy CMA, CA, and CGA prerequisites will be accepted for entry into CPA PEP. PEP Candidates must meet the prerequisite requirements of only one of the legacy pathways, CA, CMA, or CGA, to be accepted for entry into CPA PEP. Students must be registered as a Candidate by June 2017 and must participate in the September 2017 offering of Core 1 at the latest.
For more information about the legacy prerequisite requirements, view the appropriate legacy transfer credit guides:
When submitting a request for a transcript review, applicants are asked to select their Requested Entrance Standard to be assessed on. Below are the available standards:
Select this option if applying to ACAF, CPA PEP, or CPA Preparatory Courses on the current standards.
Select this option to be evaluated on the legacy CGA Prerequisites.
Select this option to be evaluated on the legacy CA Prerequisites.
Select this option to be evaluated on the legacy CMA Prerequisites.
Mature Entrant Pathway
Select this to be evaluated based on mature student entry standards. See below.
*Please note legacy prerequisites will only be accepted until June 2017. Students must be accepted into the program and enrolled in the first module by this date.
The Mature Entrant Pathway is designed for individuals from the workforce who have not obtained a 120 credit university degree, but have substantial work experience which meets the CPA competency standards. To qualify for this pathway for admission into the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP), applicants must meet the eligibility criteria below or view them in the Harmonized Education Policy (1.4):
Special Note: Qualifying through this pathway will provide eligible applicants with an “exemption” from the CPA degree requirement only; applicants are still required to complete the 14 CPA preparatory courses.
To qualify for the mature entrant route, you will need to have your prior work experience assessed in order to determine if it meets the eight years of relevant experience.
When you apply as a mature entrant, you are required to complete the self-assessment tool and forward a copy of the results to our office along with all of the required documentation listed above so that we can confirm you meet the entrance requirements for the Mature Entrant route. The link for the self-assessment tool is https://pert.cpa-services.org/Student/TrialAssessment
In order to apply under the mature route for the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP), you will need to create a MyCPA profile and submit a Transcript Assessment Request. Application instructions can be found on our Get Started Page.
When all of the required documentation has been received, we will consider your mature entrant request as quickly as possible. Please note that this requires committee review and approval. Once approved, the transcript assessment will be completed and you would be able to view the assessment results on your MyCPA account. You would then be able to submit a CPA Admission Application on the portal.
The CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) is a two-year graduate-level program leading to the Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Download a brochure today!