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The Canadian CPA Certification Program

The CPA National Recognition and Accreditation Standards for Post-Secondary Institutions

Post-secondary institutions have long played an important role in the education of Canada’s professional accountants. They have worked in partnership with all three legacy designations to deliver relevant, high quality education, providing both prerequisite courses for admission to legacy professional programs and, in some cases, have been accredited to deliver all or part of legacy professional education programs. As the Canadian accounting profession unifies as Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA), it is expected that post-secondary institutions will continue to play these important roles.

The CPA National Recognition and Accreditation Standards for Post-Secondary Institutions includes the national standards for the recognition of undergraduate courses for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program and for the accreditation of graduate courses and programs for advanced standing in the CPA PEP. The CPA profession distinguishes between the two national standards as follows:

Recognition standards apply to the review, assessment and approval of prerequisite learning for admission to the CPA PEP through a baccalaureate degree program or higher of an academic institution.
Accreditation standards apply to the review, assessment and approval of graduate programs that deliver some or the entire CPA PEP through programs equivalent to the CPA profession’s programs. Accreditation standards for the delivery of some or the entire CPA professional education program represents a significantly higher level of partnership between the post-secondary institution and the CPA profession than do recognition standards.

The national recognition and accreditation standards are effective October 16, 2013.

Provincial and regional education bodies will use the CPA National Recognition and Accreditation Standards for Post-Secondary Institutions to develop processes for assessing courses and programs of post-secondary institutions. Through partnership with the CPA profession, post-secondary institutes will have the opportunity to deliver CPA education in two ways:

Delivery of prerequisite learning for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) through undergraduate and graduate programs recognized by the profession as meeting the specific knowledge requirements for entry to the professional education program.
Delivery of some or the entire CPA PEP through graduate programs equivalent to the profession’s programs meeting the competency requirements defined in the CPA Competency Map.