CPA 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).

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.

Upcoming changes

The CPA profession is pleased to announce significant changes to CPA preparatory courses aimed at improving the student experience and the flexibility of course delivery. Effective November 2019, these changes will include the:
  • addition of a new semester
  • separation of course and examination registration
  • open registration for non-core CPA preparatory courses

Semester dates 2019/2020 for CPA preparatory courses

Starting with the 2019/20 academic calendar that begins in November, the semester course offering for CPA preparatory courses will change from a four-semester system to a five-semester system.

All core courses will be delivered in a standardized format that includes six instructional weeks and a final exam week.  All non-core modules will be delivered on a more flexible basis but all exams will be on the same schedule as the core modules.


Core courses

Non-core courses

Intermediate Financial Reporting 1 (IF1)

Introductory Financial Accounting (IFA)

Intermediate Financial Reporting 2 (IF2)

Introductory Management Accounting (IMA)

Advanced Financial Reporting (AFR)

Economics (ECO)

Corporate Finance (COF)

Statistics (STA)

Audit and Assurance (AUA)

Business Law (BUL)

Taxation (TAX)

Information Technology (ITE)

Intermediate Management Accounting (MAA)


Performance Management (PMA)



Core Course Start Dates

Core Course End Dates

Core and Non-Core Exam Dates

Mark Release Dates


November 30, 2019

January 20, 2020

Jan 31/Feb 1, 2020

Feb 18, 2020


February 22, 2020

April 3, 2020

Apr 8/9, 2020

Apr 27, 2020


May 2, 2020

June 12, 2020

Jun 19/20, 2020

Jul 6, 2020


July 11, 2020

August 21, 2020

Aug 28/29, 2020

Sept 14, 2020


September 19, 2020

October 30, 2020

Nov 6/7, 2020

Nov 23, 2020

 Registration dates and related details are in the process of being finalized and will appear on a new course calendar shortly.

Choose your exam date

Beginning in November 2019, CPA students will have the opportunity to register for CPA preparatory courses as per the new schedule. It will be assumed that the first available exam dates associated with the course will be your exam date; however, students will have the opportunity to defer their desired exam date to any one of the future exam dates – within the posted schedule period (deferral fees will apply). Beginning in February 2020, students may register for their desired preparatory course and examination separately – as per the posted schedule.

This change will provide students with the flexibility to extend the length of time between the end of the course and the writing of the exam up to 12 months. Students will be able to choose from five available exam dates offered throughout the year, and the choice of it is entirely at the discretion of the student.

Open registration for non-core courses

For further flexibility, students will be able to register for non-core CPA preparatory courses any day of the year, as these courses will no longer have specific start dates. After registering for the course, students have up to 12 months to select from five examination dates that best meets their needs and schedule.

Additional information

Additional details about these changes and future improvements to the delivery of CPA preparatory courses will be available soon.

For any questions or concerns, please contact:

Jason Varner CPA, CA

Director, Pre-certification and Registrar

CPA Atlantic School of Business

More information on CPA preparatory courses


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