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The CPA Professional Designation

In British Columbia, legislation to unify the three legacy accounting bodies; the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, the Certified General Accountants Association of BC and the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC came into effect in June 2015, uniting them under the common banner of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). This is part of a broader movement uniting the more than 185,000 professional accountants across Canada.

With a vision to be the pre-eminent internationally recognized Canadian accounting and business credential, the CPA certification program provides candidates with the foundational knowledge and skills that professional accountants need to succeed in whatever role they take on.

Individuals aspiring to work in the field of professional accountancy are now trained under a common certification program reducing confusion and simplifying the hiring process for recruiters. The path to professional accountancy consists of:

  • pre-requisite courses which can be completed through the UBC DAP Program
  • a graduate-level CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP)
  • examinations, including a Common Final Examination
  • relevant practical experience.

For more information on the CPA designation, visit the BC Chartered Professional Accountant website.

Students interested in the American CPA designation should visit the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants website.