International accounting education standards

International standards for CA education

The Chartered Accountant CA designation represents the highest standards for professional education.

We work closely with universities across Canada to ensure the relevance of undergraduate accounting programs, and accept only high performing graduates into our professional program.

We maintain our own graduate level professional education programs which all CA Candidates must complete successfully to earn their CA designation.

Educational Standards

Our education standards meet or exceed the highest international standards for accounting education.

International standards are set by the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB).  The CICA is a member, strong supporter and ongoing contributor to the IAESB standard setting process.

About the International Accounting Education Standards Board

The International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) is a standard-setting body designated by, and operating independently under the auspices of, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). IAESB materials are found on the IFAC website.

IFAC is the worldwide organization for the accountancy profession.

The IAESB strengthens the worldwide accountancy profession by developing guidance to improve the standards of accountancy education worldwide.

The Board focuses on three key areas:

  • The essential elements of accreditation – education, practical experience and assessment of professional competence
  • The nature and extent of continuing professional education needed by accountants
  • Studies/papers in accounting education promoting discussion and debate on education and development issues affecting the accounting profession

Exposure drafts

Accounting academics interested in international accounting standards, the IAESB releases exposure drafts. Canadian academics who are interested international exposure drafts can submit their own comments.

The IAESB's objective, scope of activities and membership are set out in its Terms of Reference and summarized in its fact sheet.

The IAESB’s International Education Standards, International Education Practice Statements, International Education Papers, and International Information Papers can be accessed through IFAC’s Publications and Resources website.



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.