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Member with an Accounting Body Outside Canada
Member of an Accounting Body Outside Canada
If you are a member in good standing with an accounting body outside Canada you may be eligible to register with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) as a student under the Accounting Body Outside Canada membership pathway.
Please note: If you are a member in good standing of a Recognized Accounting Body, Recognized State Board of Accountancy or Reciprocal Membership Body, you may be eligible for reciprocity with CPA Ontario. Please refer to Regulation 6-2, Applicant Registration, Schedule A, B and C for a list of these accounting bodies.
Eligibility for Registration as a Student:
In order to qualify for registration as a student under the Member of an Accounting Body Outside Canada pathway to membership, you must be a member in good standing with either:
How to Register:
In addition to the above documentation, if you have a university degree, please submit your official transcripts showing conferral of a degree in order to determine whether or not you are eligible for automatic exemptions (see Admission to Membership section, below).
All documentation must be provided in English. You are solely responsible to have documents officially translated if necessary.
Please note your application will not be considered complete until such time that all information and documentation, as noted above, has been received. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application is complete and accurate and is received by the Registrar.
Your application can be submitted via email, fax or regular mail. Please note that information completed via affidavit and containing a notary or commissioner stamp or seal must be submitted in original form by regular mail.
We also require an original letter of good standing, however, that may be submitted via email directly to CPA Ontario from your accounting body.
Fax: 416 962.8900
Upon receipt of a completed application for registration, an individual will be informed within four to six weeks of the Registrar’s decision on registration.
Admission to Membership:
If you have a university degree and a minimum of three years of relevant experience or no university degree and a minimum of eight years of relevant experience, you are automatically exempt from the CPA Ontario’s preparatory courses. Prior to being eligible for admission to membership, you will be required to successfully complete the following:
If you do not have a university degree and less than eight years of relevant experience, you are automatically exempt from the CPA Ontario’s preparatory courses and will be required to successfully complete the following prior to being eligible for admission to membership:
In both cases, you can apply for an exemption from the prescribed practical experience requirement. In order to apply for this exemption, please include a cover letter with your application. Once your application for registration is approved, you will be sent more information about the exemption process. Please note that an individual will be informed within eight to twelve weeks of the Registrar's decision.
For more information about the prescribed examinations, please refer to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) webpage.
Individuals who register as a student complete the new CPA Certification Program and are awarded the Chartered Professional Accountant designation and are entitled to use the initials CPA upon admission to membership.
Public Accounting Licensing:
If you submit your application between January 1 to June 30, you are required to pay the following:
If you submit your application between July 1 to December 31, you are required to pay the following:
*The Initial Administration Fee plus applicable taxes is non-refundable.
Please note that the Annual Student Fee is an annual fee that all students are required to pay in order to maintain their student registration in good standing. This fee is billed to all students in good standing in December of each year and covers the upcoming January 1 to December 31 calendar year.
A complete listing of dues, including module and examination fees, can be found in the Schedule of Dues in Regulation 4-2: Dues.
An applicant/ student may be responsible for additional costs imposed by external parties. These costs are not levied by CPA Ontario and are beyond CPA Ontario’s control. Therefore, CPA Ontario is unable to advise applicants/ students of the total gross or net costs (after taking into account reimbursements or other subsidies made available by external parties) of the registration and qualification to membership processes. All costs levied by CPA Ontario have been approved by Council and are found in Regulation 4-2, Dues.
Decisions relating to exemption from the prescribed practical experience requirement are eligible for a review. Reviews of these decisions may take place upon request and if additional or new information is provided.
CPA Ontario’s Academic Code of Conduct
For more information please e-mail ITAregistration@cpaontario.ca