Becoming a CA

Deciding to become a Chartered Accountant (CA) means you have chosen the role of a trusted professional, known for technical excellence, integrity, objectivity and a commitment to the public interest.

Canadian trained accountants

  • How to become a CA:  As a Canadian university student, you will require a combination of education, experience, and evaluation - these three elements ensure that, when you earn your CA designation, you will have acquired all the competencies that the marketplace demands from a Chartered Accountant.
  • Registered CA students:  For CA students who are currently enrolled in a regional delivery program, the CA Training Office website has information on CA competencies and practical experience requirements.
  • The Uniform Evaluation (UFE):  All Canadian trained CAs must pass the profession's three-day Uniform Evaluation (UFE).

Internationally trained accountants

  • The pathways website has been designed for internationally trained accountants to help them determine what steps to follow to become a CA in Canada.
  • The CICA recognizes 14 international accounting bodies whose members are recommended for exemption from the Uniform Evaluation (UFE).  In addition reciprocal membership arrangements have been signed with two accounting bodies.
  • International Qualifications Appraisal Board (IQAB) assesses the admission standards of international accounting bodies and recommends to the provincial institutes of Chartered Accountants in Canada whether - and under what conditions – members of these bodies may become Canadian CAs based on their international qualifications.

Resources for employers and academics



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 September 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 CPA Canada est actuellement en développement et sera mis en ligne en septembre 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.