CPA Canada preparatory courses

The CPA preparatory courses are a suite of 14 courses that provide specific subject area coverage for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (note that a completed university degree is also required).

MY PATH: CPA preparatory courses

The CPA preparatory courses are not a requirement of the CPA, but an opportunity for individuals who did not specialize in accounting to obtain the subject area coverage to proceed through CPA programs. The only academic prerequisite for admission to these courses is 30 credit hours completed at a recognized post-secondary institution.


**NEW** Improved access to preparatory courses for Francophone business graduates looking to enroll in the CPA PEP

Current CPA preparatory courses are only available in English. As such, CPA Atlantic is pleased to inform our francophone students of a new way to complete the pre-requisites for the CPA PEP.

Offered entirely online and in French by TÉLUQ University, the CPA Pre-requisite Certificate is now available and provides increased access to pre-requisite courses to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).



Nationally developed: These courses are developed by CPA Canada, and delivered regionally by CPA Atlantic

Preparation: these courses are designed to prepare you for admission to the CPA PEP (along with a university degree)

Fast: The content of these 14 courses is condensed and accelerated, each followed by an examination. Modules range in length from  20 hours to 12 weeks.

Flexible: You're only need to complete those courses you require to qualify for admission to the CPA PEP. Courses are offered part-time.

Accessible: CPA preparatory courses are coordinated with a set examination schedule of five exams per year. Students may take up to two exams per schedule examination offering. All CPA preparatory courses are delivered through a blend of online and self-study learning with face-to-face exams at the end of each module.

Affordable: Many CPA preparatory courses are comprised of one or more university-level equivalent courses, meaning many of the programs module offerings are considerably less-expensive than taking courses through a post-secondary institution.


  • Have 30 credit hours from a recognized post-secondary institution, and/or
  • Lack some or all of the prerequisite courses required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).

    *See the CPA Atlantic Prerequisite Equivalency Chart for more information on university course equivalents in Atlantic Canada.


CPA preparatory courses and equivalencies from post-secondary institutions provide the necessary prerequisite education to be eligible for the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).

  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Introductory Management Accounting
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Business Law
  • Information Technology
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting I
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting II
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Tax
  • Intermediate Management Accounting
  • Performance Management

For more information on the content of the CPA preparatory courses, please reference the CPA preparatory course Syllabus.



Benefits of the TÉLUQ CPA Pre-requisite Certificate include:

  • An easier way for Francophone students with a business degree, but without an accounting concentration, to take all the courses required to be eligible for the CPA PEP,
  • The certificate is recognized by the CPA profession,
  • Courses are offered on a part-time basis in the summer and full-time in the winter, so it aligns with a variety of work and study commitments,
  • Below are the certificate start dates remaining for 2019:

    • Fall Semester 2019:
      Deadline for admission to the program: 6 September 2019
      Deadline for registration for courses: September 20, 2019

Additional features include:

  • Each course is intensive in format and takes ten weeks to complete,
  • Students must have a completed degree to enroll,
  • Course exemptions within the certificate itself are possible, so students will only take those courses they require (contact TÉLUQ for more information on this),
  • The certificate takes a little over a year to complete, with students being able to take a maximum of 2 courses at a time,
  • Courses cost between $600-$700. Review the TÉLUQ website for a full description of all fees.

To enroll in the certificate, students are required to have pre-requisite coverage in introductory economics, statistics, financial accounting, business law and information systems management.

Questions on full eligibility requirements including GPA requirements, French language proficiency requirements, and registration information should be sent to TÉLUQ. Note that accounting graduates who did not meet the GPA requirements for admission to the CPA PEP, should continue to take the existing “Programme court en sciences comptables” offered by TÉLUQ.

Equivalencies to CPA Atlantic courses can be found online. Note that to proceed to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) students must have a transcript evaluation completed by CPA Atlantic after completing the certificate.

For more information on the certificate contact TÉLUQ via:

Cathy Aubin
L’équipe de programme, TELUQ

For more information on enrollment in the CPA PEP with CPA Atlantic contact:

John Thomas
Student Recruitment Advisor
New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island