About CPA preparatory courses

Learn about the CPA preparatory courses, which provide the knowledge requirement for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).

If you are seeking admission to the CPA PEP but lack some or all of the necessary prerequisites for entry (based on your transcript evaluation conducted by your provincial/regional CPA body), you can take CPA preparatory courses to gain the knowledge requirements you are missing. You only have to complete the courses you require.

There are 14 CPA preparatory courses, and each course ends with an examination. The sequence in which you take them is important as some courses are prerequisites for others. For more information, refer to the CPA preparatory courses syllabus.

The courses use a blend of self-study and instructor-facilitated learning formats.

Note: Starting with the 2019/2020 academic calendar that begins in November 2019, the semester course offering will change from a four-semester to a five-semester system.

SELF-STUDY COURSES (NON-CORE COURSES)

The following courses are offered on a self-study basis. You must receive a grade of 50 per cent or higher to successfully pass each course.

Self-study courses include:

Note: Starting with the 2019/2020 academic calendar that begins in November 2019, you will be able to register for non-core courses any day of the year, as these courses will no longer have specific start dates. After registering in a course, you can then select from one of five examination dates that best meet your needs and schedule.

INSTRUCTOR-FACILITATED COURSES (CORE COURSES)

The following courses are led by instructors who are responsible for reviewing and providing feedback on course assignments and responding to student questions. You must successfully complete or have exemption from the Introductory Financial Accounting and Introductory Management Accounting to enroll in the following courses. You must receive a grade of 60 per cent or higher to successfully pass each course.

Instructor-facilitated courses include:

All core courses are delivered in a standardized format that includes six instructional weeks and a final exam week. 

Note: Starting with the 2019/2020 academic calendar that begins in November 2019, you will be able to register for courses and their corresponding examinations separately, selecting from one of five examination dates that best meets your needs and schedule.

Fees and Schedule

This nationally developed program is delivered provincially — or, in some cases, regionally — on a part-time basis to offer maximum flexibility and accessibility.

For information about the module fees and scheduling in your area, please your provincial/regional body.

Refer to the CPA preparatory courses calendar for key core course dates and examination dates for core and non-core courses.