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Find answers to common questions about the CPA Professional Education Program

CPA PEP - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the prerequisites for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP)?

    To be admitted to the CPA PEP, you must have completed an undergraduate degree and specific subject area coverage. The specific subject area coverage is defined in the CPA Competency Map. Refer to the Prerequisite Education section of the web site for courses recognized by post-secondary institutions.

  • What does the CPA PEP consist of?

    The CPA PEP consists of six modules that build on one another. There are two Core modules, four electives (Assurance, Performance Management, Taxation and Finance) from which students choose two, and two Capstones plus the CFE. For Public Accounting, you must choose Assurance and Taxation as your electives and demonstrate depth in Financial Reporting and Assurance.

  • How will these modules be offered and how often?

    The modules are delivered using a blended learning model, combining online learning, self-study, classroom learning and teamwork. All core and elective modules will be offered up to four times per year (dependent on demand).

  • Does the CPA PEP have to be completed within a certain timeline?

    The CPA PEP, including the CFE, must be finished within six years of your initial start date of the graduate component of the CPA-Accredited Program. This date is referred to as your “PEP commencement” date. For students registered in CPA PEP, the maximum duration for completing the CPA certification program (education, examinations and experience) is seven years.

  • Can I take the CPA PEP modules in any order?

    If you have completed the subject area coverage for Entry to PEP, CPA PEP modules must be completed in the following order:

    1. Core 1*
    2. Core 2*
    3. Electives (two out of Performance Management, Assurance, Tax, Finance)
    4. Capstone 1
    5. Capstone 2
    6. Common Final Examination (CFE)

    * Core 1 and Core 2 can be done simultaneously if you have a GPA of 75% in the core prerequisites

  • Where can I find the CPA PEP schedule?

    For the schedule of CPA PEP module offerings and exam dates, please refer to the CPA PEP schedule.

  • Who can I contact if I have questions about the PEP program, my eligibility, etc.?

    You can fill out and submit the online web form which can be accessed by visiting the Contact Us page.

  • How do I enrol in CPA PEP if I have completed my required preparatory courses (formerly CPA PREP)?

    Once you have completed the preparatory courses and are eligible to register for the CPA PEP program, you will receive communications from the Transcript Assessment team at

  • What is Module Zero?

    Module Zero is made available to you to self-assess what you need to complete/review to fill any knowledge gaps from your post-secondary education and bring you up to entry-level knowledge required for CPA PEP.

  • When does Module Zero need to be completed?

    Module Zero should be completed prior to the start of Core 1 or prior to challenging your first exam. You should read the PEP Information and Study Guide to help understand what you need to do to prepare for entry to PEP and Core 1. You are expected to be familiar with everything in Module Zero at the start of PEP but there is no formal requirement to complete Module Zero before beginning your modules.

  • When do I receive a password to access Brightspace (D2L)?

    Your Brightspace login information will be emailed to you within one week after enrolling in a module or exam. All of the module material is delivered online through the Brightspace (D2L) platform.

  • What do I do if I am trying to enrol in a module but the module is full?

    If you have not enrolled in a module by the time enrolment closes, you have the option of paying a non-refundable $200 waitlist fee to be added to a module waitlist. If a spot becomes available in the module, you will then be given the opportunity to take the vacant spot. Please note there are no guarantees that a spot will become available. You would only be notified of an available spot once exam results have been released for the previous session (i.e. approximately one week before the module start date).

    Note: Students on the waitlist are not given a choice of location and will be required to travel to the workshop/exam centre location of the available spot. If you would like to receive communication once a waitlist is available, please email with "Waitlist" in the subject line.

  • How can I get a copy of my module enrolment receipt?

    You can access module receipts by logging into the PEP enrolment site.

  • What does the message "checkout basket is empty" mean when enrolling for a module?

    The message "checkout basket is empty" may appear when a high volume of students are trying to enrol online at the same time. Close your web browser, clear your cache, and try again in 24 hours. If the problem persists, please fill out and submit the online web form on the Contact Us page.

  • What is the next step after I enrol in a module?

    All material for the PEP modules, including any timely or important notifications, will be delivered through the Brightspace (D2L) platform. You will find information regarding module/exam content and assignments on the Brightspace (D2L) Discussion Board. For workshop details including locations and times, please refer to PEP Workshops.

  • If I am currently enrolled in a module, do I need to wait until I get my results back to register in the next module?

    No, you can conditionally enrol in a module prior to receiving your results. Once results are released, if you are unsuccessful you will be automatically withdrawn from the module and a full refund will be issued.

  • Can I take more than one PEP module at a time?

    Yes. However, you must complete Core 1 followed by Core 2*, prior to registering in an Elective or the Capstones. Capstone 1 cannot be completed until both Core 1 and 2 and two Electives have been completed.

    *Students with a GPA of 75% or higher can complete Core 1 and Core 2 simultaneously

  • Is the module workshop mandatory?

    Yes, the module workshop is mandatory. If a student does not attend all or part of a workshop they may be deregistered from the module and subject to a financial penalty.

  • Can I change my module or exam location?

    No. Location changes are not permitted after enrolment. You must select your desired location for the module and exam when you register online. If you do not select a location, the system will default to a location which may not work for you and location changes will not be allowed. Refer to the PEP information and Study Guide for more information.

  • Where and when do I get access to PEP module materials and workshop details, such as workshop times and locations?

    All details with regards to workshop materials are posted on Brightspace (D2L) one week prior to the start of the workshop. For workshop details including locations and times, please refer to PEP Workshops. If you do not see the module you have enrolled for on Brightspace (D2L), you can email

    Any questions with regards to the module can be posted on the module discussion board or the Module Zero discussion board in Brightspace (D2L).

  • How can I contact my course session leader or facilitator?

    You can find and contact your session leader or facilitator on Brightspace (D2L).

  • In what order should I take the core and elective challenge exams if I am permitted to take the challenge exams only for each of

    If you are eligible to challenge the exams, it is because you have previously covered the module content through courses at a post- secondary institution, or through a legacy program, and thus can do the exams in any order you choose. That being said, if you are finding that you have gaps in your knowledge and technical skills when studying for the exam, it may be beneficial for you to take the challenge exams in the same order as the modules. Core 1 focuses on financial reporting, while Core 2 focuses on management accounting.

  • What to do if I am registered for a module in one term but would like to withdraw and take the same module in the upcoming term?

    You will need to withdraw from the current module and reregister and pay for the next offering of the module. This will not count as an attempt. Please refer to PEP Module Withdrawals and Exam Deferrals for information on withdrawal periods and refunds.

  • If I am registered in two modules, for example an elective and Capstone 1, and I withdraw from the elective, will I be withdrawn

    If you are withdrawing from an elective and it is a requirement for Capstone 1 (which you are registered in for the next session), and you choose to withdraw from the required module, you will be automatically withdrawn from the next module due to ineligibility.

  • How can I put myself on a wait list?

    Students who did not enrol in a module by the enrolment deadline may, if they wish, pay a non-refundable $200 fee (plus HST) to be added to a module wait list. Wait lists remain open for the month directly following the deadline. If a spot becomes available in the module, students will then be given the opportunity to take the vacant spot. The wait list is on a first come, first serve basis. Students on the wait list will not be given a choice of location - they will be required to travel to the workshops/exam center location of the available spot.

    The timeline for students to respond and accept the available spot is immediate so please ensure you check your email frequently after you have registered for the wait list of your choice, and also check your spam folder as no exceptions will be made. Students will be notified of their location approximately two weeks prior to the module start date.

    There is mandatory attendance at the module workshops. If you cannot attend the entire module workshop (which is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day), you will have to defer to the next offering of the module. CPA Ontario does not tolerate any instances of lateness, early departures, or any other form of absences. If absent, you will be removed from the module and will not be eligible to write the exam.

    If you wish to register for a PEP Module Wait List please email