Why become a Canadian CPA: Discover life as a decision-maker

Acquiring the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation gives you the ability to recognize change -- and opportunity -- before it arrives. The Canadian CPA empowers you to be a lifelong leader in any industry, worldwide.

Look forward to the future.

The world is constantly changing. As a Canadian CPA, you’ll possess unique technical, strategic and critical-thinking skills to analyze data and trends, draw predictions, and deliver positive – and profitable – outcomes. This positions you as one of the most valued members of your organization, for the entirety of your career.

Go far in the world.

Canadian CPAs are respected as having the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and capability in Canada and worldwide. You’ll find thousands of Canadian CPAs in fields like sports, entertainment, marketing, environmentalism and fashion – everywhere on earth, from Jamaica to Japan, and Barbados to Great Britain.

Live your dreams, then give back.

Making the decision to become a Canadian CPA is an investment in your future – with generous compensation, a healthy work-life balance, plus the opportunity to volunteer your financial expertise and give back to your community. As a Canadian CPA you could be:

  • President and CEO of a bank
  • Partner in a respected firm
  • Vice-president, Finance for a thriving hotel chain
  • Public servant helping to support and strengthen the public sector
  • Treasurer for a not-for-profit organisation
  • Controller for an alternative energy company
  • Systems developer for an environmental agency

How to get there.

  • Step 1: Post-Secondary degree. Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Step 2: CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). Complete a 16- to 24-month certification program delivered by the Canadian CPA profession while working in a career of your choice.
  • Steps 3 & 4:

Start the process.

The first step in the registration process to become a Canadian CPA is to apply for admission and transcript evaluation.