Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) certification program: Evaluation

Learn how the CPA certification program assesses your knowledge and skills with this overview of the evaluation components.

The evaluation components of the CPA certification program

As a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) candidate, you must complete multiple individual examinations and team-based assessments that test your level of proficiency in the technical and enabling competencies of the accounting profession. The scope of these competencies is defined by The CPA Canada Competency Map, which provides the basis for the development of the CPA certification program. 

Canadian CPA evaluation

  • core and elective modules: Includes objective format questions and short cases. These modules culminate in examinations that must be successfully completed to be admitted to the next module.
  • capstone integrative module: Includes presentations and team-based assignments that culminate in an integrated business case that is completed as part of a team.
  • Common Final Examination (CFE): This three-day examination requires you to demonstrate the depth and breadth of your competency development in accordance with The CPA Canada Competency Map. You prepare for this examination by completing the capstone examination preparation module.
CFE case examples: Prepare for the Common Final Examination (CFE) by  for all three days of the CFE.