Key steps to becoming a CPA, CA
Please note that the registration period for the CPA, CA path ended on September 3, 2013. Currently registered in the CPA, CA path? Consult the transition measures applicable to your path.
To find out how to become a CPA in Quebec, visit the Order's website or contact one of our Administrative Officers by email at candidatCPA-CA@cpaquebec.ca.
In accordance with the Regulation respecting the terms and conditions for the issue of a permit of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec, candidates with a recognized diploma will follow the steps described in the diagram below.
Candidates with a recognized undergraduate diploma
A regular candidate is a candidate who has completed a recognized 90-credit bachelor diploma program (in accounting) in a Quebec university while maintaining the average required by the university to qualify for advanced studies.
Registration with the Order as a CPP and payment according to the Table of costs.
Professional Education Program (PEP)
Registration for the Order’s PEP and payment of educational material according to the Table of costs.
Uniform Evaluation (UFE)
Registration for the UFE and payment of the required fees.
Pass the Office québécois de la langue française exam. (If required)
CPA, CA designation
Membership application form and payment of the required fees.
CPA, CA training is unparalleled when it comes to preparing you for a future in business. Throughout the practical training period, strong mentors share their expertise and insight with aspiring CPA, CAs on a daily basis so they can become familiar with a wide range of organizations.
To become a CPA, CA in Quebec, you must complete academic and practical experience requirements over a period of approximately six years. Here is the regular path that future CPA, CAs must follow:
- The first step is a 90-credit undergraduate program in accounting sciences (recognized undergraduate diploma) in a Quebec university of your choice (THREE YEARS ON A FULL-TIME BASIS);
- The second step is the Professional Education Program (PEP) delivered by Quebec universities as part of a graduate diploma (APPROXIMATELY 16 MONTHS, INCLUDING A TRAINING PERIOD AND PERSONAL STUDY TIME);
- Once steps 1 and 2 have been completed, the next pivotal step is to pass the Uniform Evaluation (UFE), the Canada-wide CPA, CA professional evaluation;
- In addition, future CPA, CAs must acquire practical experience with a CPA, CA training office recognized by the Order. The paid training period offers a diverse range of progressive practical experience opportunities for students to acquire and develop the competencies of a CPA, CA. A training period in assurance with a recognized accounting firm will provide the experience necessary to use the CPA auditor designation (24 MONTHS);
- The last step is to provide proof of a working knowledge of Quebec’s official language, if required, in accordance with the Charter of the French language (Office de la langue française).
Please note that the path leading to the CPA, CA designation may be different depending on whether the studies are completed in or outside Canada.