CA skills and competencies

The Chartered Accountant (CA) qualification process is designed to make sure you have the opportunity to develop all the skills and abilities you will need to begin your career as a CA. The process is based on professional competency that includes a significant body of knowledge and the skills, values and attitudes needed to analyze, synthesize and apply that knowledge effectively.

You will have many opportunities to develop these competencies – during your university education, your subsequent professional education, your provincial and territorial institute/Ordre's/CASB’s professional education program, and while on the job as you fulfill your experience requirements.

  • The UFE Candidates' Competency MapUnderstanding the Professional Competencies Evaluated on the UFE –lays out the specific body of skills and knowledge you must acquire.

The CA competencies

CA competencies are the specific skills you must perform at a defined proficiency level and in a manner that reflects the professional ethics, skills, knowledge and attitudes of a CA. 

The UFE Candidates' Competency MapUnderstanding the Professional Competencies Evaluated on the UFE –presents two groups of competencies:

Pervasive qualities and skills

These skills include:

  • ethical behaviour and professionalism
  • personal attributes such as accountability, adaptability to change and the ability to self-manage, take initiative and add value
  • professional skills such as communication, problem solving and management

These are the "hows" of being a CA;  all CAs are expected to bring them to all their work.

Specific competencies

  • governance, strategy, and risk management
  • performance measurement and reporting
  • assurance
  • finance
  • management decision making
  • taxation

The UFE Candidates' Competency Map – Understanding the Professional Competencies Evaluated on the UFE – also clearly defines the level of proficiency in each of these competencies that you must acquire and demonstrate on the UFE.



Chartered Professional Accountants/ Comptables professionnels agréés


Welcome to CPA Canada!

CPA Canada is the national organization established to support unification of the Canadian accounting profession under the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. CPA Canada provides services to all CPA, CA, CMA and CGA accounting bodies that have unified or are committed to unification.

Our integrated CPA Canada website is currently in development and will launch in fall 2014. Until that time, all our existing resources, services and information are available through the CICA, CMA Canada and CGA-Canada legacy websites, or through newly developed microsites designed to provide specific CPA content.

Bienvenue à CPA Canada!

CPA Canada est l’organisation nationale établie pour soutenir l'unification de la profession comptable canadienne sous la bannière du titre de comptable professionnel agréé (CPA). CPA Canada fournit des services à toutes les organisations comptables de CPA, de CA, de CMA et de CGA qui se sont déjà unifiées ou qui sont engagées dans le processus d’unification.

Le nouveau site de CPA Canada est actuellement en développement et sera mis en ligne à l’automne 2014. Entre-temps, toutes nos ressources et tous nos services sont accessibles sur les sites d’origine de l’ICCA, de CMA Canada et de CGA-Canada, ou sur des microsites nouvellement créés afin de donner accès à du contenu spécifiquement CPA.