How to become a CA

To become a Chartered Accountant (CA) you need:

University degree

Obtain a university degree - while most candidates pursue business studies, your university degree can be in any area or discipline. Many highly successful CAs have Bachelor degrees in arts, science, engineering and other disciplines. In addition, some jurisdictions allow degree exemption for mature students.

Specified university courses or the equivalent - can be acquired during your undergraduate university degree, on a part-time basis while you are completing your practical experience requirements, or through certain recognized diploma and graduate programs.

Student professional program

Complete a Provincial institute/Ordre/regional student professional program or the equivalent. These programs offer graduate-level courses to ensure all candidates acquire the competencies they will need as a CA.

CA Training OfficesYou must gain work experience in a CA Training Office under the supervision of experienced CAs.

CA Training Offices include CA Firms, leading corporations and government organizations that have recognized CA training programs in place. This training is essential in helping you develop the skills, the attributes and the values of a competent CA.

You can apply directly to these CA Training Offices or meet with their representatives when they recruit on your university campus.

For more details contact your provincial institute/Ordre.

Evaluation and assessment is central to determining the competence of CA students.

You will be assessed continually throughout your development – in your university programs, in your professional education programs and on the job.

All CA candidates must pass the Uniform Evaluation (UFE). The UFE is the final element in the continual process of developing, assessing, and judging the level of your knowledge, skills and professional values against those required by a CA.

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.