CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP)

The CPA PEP is a graduate-level education program for CPA Candidates.

The CPA PEP is designed to meet the needs of industry, government and public practice and provide you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in whatever role or position you take on in your career. The focus is primarily on enhancing your ability to apply professional knowledge, values, ethics and attitudes in a professional context. The program structure and content are developed nationally and are based on the CPA Competency Map.

Technical Competencies Enabling Competencies
  1. Financial Reporting
  2. Strategy and Governance
  3. Management Accounting
  4. Audit and Assurance
  5. Finance
  6. Taxation
  1. Professional and Ethical Behaviour
  2. Problem-Solving & Decision Making
  3. Communication
  4. Self-Management
  5. Teamwork & Leadership

The CPA PEP is a part-time study program that consists of six academic modules and the Common Final Examination (CFE). The program is delivered primarily online and can be completed in as little as 18-24 months as you work at relevant employment.

Core Modules - During the two core modules, Candidates develop competencies in management and financial accounting and build upon the remaining four core technical competency areas. The focus is on breadth of knowledge.

Elective Modules - Candidates may choose two elective modules to develop deeper skills in areas of career interest. The focus is on depth of knowledge. The CPA PEP elective modules are:

  • Assurance
  • Performance Management
  • Taxation
  • Finance

Capstone 1 – This integrative module focuses on application and integration of the core technical and enabling competencies.

Capstone 2 – This examination preparation module prepares candidates for the CFE, the national examination on which candidates must demonstrate both depth and breadth of competency in accordance with the CPA Competency Map.

Visit CPA Canada for additional information on the CPA PEP modules and the CFE.

Visit CPA Western School of Business for additional information on course schedules and fees.


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