The CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) is a part-time, graduate-level program designed to meet the business needs of industry, government and public accounting firms.


The CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) is a part-time, graduate-level program. CPA PEP is comprised of a series of modules that focus primarily on enhancing CPA candidates’ ability to apply knowledge, values, ethics and attitudes in a professional context.

The program’s structure is modular and should be viewed as a continual building of knowledge and skills over a two-year period, with each module ending in an examination. Candidates must pass each module examination to proceed to the next module.


Modern: The CPA PEP prepares candidates for a career in business, not just accounting. The program focuses on developing competencies in a number of areas including management, communications and business ethics.

Nationally developed: CPA PEP is a national developed by CPA Canada and delivered locally by CPA Atlantic School of Business in Atlantic Canada and Bermuda. The program is designed to prepare candidates with the professional knowledge and skills for business and accounting, in compliance with lnternational Federation of Accountants Canada (IFAC) standards for professional accounting bodies.

Hands-on: Throughout their studies, candidates have the opportunity to work at relevant employment for 30 month of paid practical experience, during which candidates demonstrate that they have gained the professional knowledge, skills, values, ethics and attitudes required for entry to the CPA profession. Candidates may track their practical experience before, during, and/or after their CPA PEP studies.

Affordable: CPA PEP maintains one of the lowest tuition rates for a professional, post-graduate education program at less than half the price of a post-graduate degree form a Canadian university.

Flexible: CPA Atlantic offers three entry points per year into the CPA PEP. Candidates may choose to take a 21-month path that begins in January, a 25-month path that begins in September, or an accelerated 16-month path that begins in May. All paths allows candidates to work around their personal schedules and towards their career goals while working towards the Common Final Examination (CFE). The program is part-time to allow candidates the opportunity to work full-time throughout their studies and study where they want, when they want.

Accessible CPA PEP uses a combination of eLearning with face-to-face workshop instruction and examinations. Workshops and exams are available throughout the Atlantic Provinces and Bermuda, and CPA PEP instruction and courses are offered in both official languages.


  • Have an undergraduate degree in accounting, and/or
  • Have an undergraduate degree in another discipline with the prerequisite course coverage required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP), and
  • Aspire to have a career in business and accounting that prepares you for mid-level to management level positions.

    * See CPA Atlantic Prerequisite Equivalency Chart to view course equivalencies from Atlantic Canadian Universities.



To complete the CPA PEP, you must complete six modules and the Common Final Examination (CFE).
  • Two core modules:
    • Core 1- focuses on financial accounting and reporting
    • Core 2- focuses on management accounting, planning, and control
  • Two elective modules:
    • Performance Management
    • Taxation
    • Audit &Assurance
    • Finance
  • Two capstone modules
    • Capstone Integrative Module (Capstone 1)- Deepens strategic leadership competencies by using the knowledge acquired in prerequisite and earlier modules in a professional, team setting. You will complete a large business case, which relates to Day 1 of the CFE.
    • Capstone Examination Preparation Module (Capstone 2)- Focuses on preparing candidates for entry into the profession by applying competencies acquired throughout the CPA program in complex and highly integrative cases. You will develop your enabling competencies in situations which simulate real-life projects and assignments that newly certified CPAs may encounter in their careers.
  • Common Final Evaluation (CFE)- The Common Final Evaluation (CFE) is a three-day examination requiring candidates to demonstrate depth and breadth of competency development in accordance with the CPA Competency Map.


The CPA PEP schedule for the Atlantic region offers three entry points per year, each with different features to meet the various needs of our candidates and employers.

Fall Path - September start

This study option will take 25 months to complete, and provides candidates the opportunity to take two study breaks over the course of their program

Spring Path - May start

This study option will take 16 months to complete, and moves candidates through their CPA PEP modules in direct succession

Winter Path - January start

This study option will take 21 months to complete, and offers candidates one study break over the course of their program


CPA PEP - Sample Path Planning Tool

Below you will find a course plan for your CPA PEP studies. These suggested paths are intended to help plan your course of study, while providing maximum flexibility where you need it.

We recommend developing your study plan in consultation with your CPA Programs Advisor. 

Please note that those offerings marked with an asterisk are only offered in the following locations:

  • Halifax, NS
  • St. Johns, NL
  • New Brunswick (location to be determined based on enrollment)

All other offerings also include a location in:

  • Charlottetown, PE
  • Bermuda
  • and a French-language class in Moncton, NB.

Note further that remote exams can be arranged for locations outside those normally available. A fee applies.

Availability of classes is subject to enrollment. Please see the CPA Atlantic PEP Course Calendar for specific course dates and availability.