The CPA designation aims high, as do those who pursue it.
CPA has been devised to be “the pre-eminent internationally recognized Canadian accounting and business credential that best protects and serves the public interest.”
The new CPA certification program provides the foundation for students and candidates to meet that vision, creating a challenging and rigorous certification process that meets the needs of business, public practice, and government.
The CPA program will meet or exceed all International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) standards for education, assessment, and practical experience. It will also meet or exceed the requirements of the leading global accounting bodies, ensuring the new profession can maintain existing and establish new Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) and Reciprocal Membership Agreements (RMAs).
The program will appeal to employers for its development of accountancy and business skills in a high-quality, cost-effective professional program. And it will ensure that all CPAs have the foundation of knowledge and skills as professional accountants to succeed in whatever role or position they take on. It recognizes that not all CPAs will be trained to be auditors at the point of qualification, though that option is provided.
The CPA certification program consists of:
CPA also offers the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) program, which is designed to build on the knowledge base to further develop technical and workplace skills for those in, or seeking positions in, junior and intermediate accounting and finance.
If you are a student, visit the CPA Western School of Business website.
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