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CPA Preparatory Courses

CPA Preparatory Courses

Everything You Need to Prepare for the CPA PEP

CPA Preparatory Courses

For aspiring accountants who are missing some or all of the prerequisites required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP), the preparatory courses allow you to gain the prerequisite subject area coverage needed for admission to the CPA PEP.

Delivered on a part-time basis for maximum flexibility and accessibility, the preparatory courses are offered online or in a classroom setting and are currently offered in four semesters each year. You need to complete only the courses you require.

preparatory courses code Preparatory Courses Code
Introductory Financial Accounting IntroFA Intermediate Financial Reporting 1 IFR1
Introductory Management Accounting IntroMA Intermediate Financial Reporting 2 IFR2*
Economics Econ Advanced Financial Reporting AFR*
Statistics Stats Corporate Finance Finance
Business Law Law Audit and Assurance Assurance*
IT IT Taxation Tax
Intermediate Management Accounting IMA*
Performance Management PM*

*See the CPA preparatory course enrolment guide for the listing of core course prerequisites.


Grade and GPA Requirements

An overall GPA of 65 per cent in the core courses is required for admission into the CPA PEP, with a minimum grade of 60 per cent in each core course and 50 per cent in non-core courses.  Courses are also subject to Currency of Education - refer to the Harmonized Education Policies (HEP), Vol.1 and 3 for more information.


Schedule and Fees

Refer to the 2017 Preparatory Courses Schedule for information on enrolment deadlines, course dates and fees.


Enrol

To enrol in a preparatory course you must first be registered as a student with CPA Ontario. Visit Get Started for more information, or refer to the preparatory course enrolment guide for the CPA preparatory courses.


Already a Student?

Log in to the Preparatory Course Enrolment Portal with your CPA Ontario ID and follow the instructions.

Course Material, Results and Policies


Course Material

At least one week prior to the course start date, you will receive an email from Brightspace (D2L), the online learning platform, with your login and password. All course materials will be delivered through Brightspace, where you also have access to webinars, discussion boards and other learning tools. Should you experience any difficulty with Brightspace, please contact D2Lsupport@cpacanada.ca.

Examination Locations

Please refer to the table below for examination locations.

Centre Address May 12
Room 1
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(IFR1, IFR2, Assurance, Tax)

May 12
Room 2
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(IntroFA, Stats)

May 12
Room 1
3 - 5 p.m.
(Bus Law)
May 13
Room 1
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(AFR, Finance, IMA, PM)
May 13
Room 2
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(IntroMA, Econ.)
May 13
Room 1
3 - 5 p.m.
(Info Tech)
Toronto International Centre
6900 Airport Road
Mississauga, ON  L4V 1E8
Hall 5 Aviation B Hall 5 Hall 5 Aviation B Hall 5
Hamilton

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
116 King Street West
Hamilton ON  L8P 4V3

East/Centre Ballroom West Ballroom East/Centre Ballroom East/Centre Ballroom West Ballroom East/Centre Ballroom
London Four Points by Sheraton
1150 Wellington Road South
London, ON  N6E 1M3
Balmoral Ballroom Manchester Room Balmoral Ballroom Balmoral Ballroom Manchester Room Balmoral Ballroom
Windsor The Safety Village
7911 Forest Glade Drive
Windsor ON 
Room 1 Room 2 Room 1 Room 1 Room 2 Room 1
Kingston Innovation Park
945 Princess Street
Kingston, ON  K7L 5L9
Innovation Room Superior Room Innovation Room Innovation Room Superior Room Innovation Room
Sault Ste. Marie Delta Waterfront Hotel
208 St. Mary’s River Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, ON  P6A 5V4
N/A N/A N/A La Verendrye La Verendrye La Verendrye
Sudbury Hampton Inn
2280 Regent Street
Sudbury, ON  P3E 0B4
Ontario Room North Ontario Room South Ontario Room North Ontario Room North Ontario Room South Ontario Room North
Thunder Bay Victoria Inn
555 Arthur Street West
Thunder Bay, ON  P7E 5R5
Ontario Room Port Arthur Room Ontario Room Ontario Room Port Arthur Room Ontario Room
Ottawa Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Nepean, ON  K2G 1V8
C346 B185 C346 C346 B185 C346


Examination Software

CPA Ontario uses Securexam, a special "lockdown" software, for examinations. Students must install, verify and update Securexam as required. Learn more.


Results

CPA preparatory course examination results are posted on Brightspace approximately two weeks after each exam. Students are permitted three attempts per course. Students who are unsuccessful after three attempts may complete the requirements through a post-secondary institution.


Reviews/Appeals

Students who are unsuccessful at core courses may submit a request for review of their examination results by enrolling in an appeal event through the Preparatory Course enrolment portal within three business days of the final results release. A fee of $100 plus HST applies for all reviews. Reviews take approximately ten business days. If the review is successful, the fee will be refunded.


Rewriting Examinations

Students who receive a final grade of 49.5-59.4 per cent in core courses are eligible to rewrite the examination. Eligible students will be contacted approximately one month before the examination period with details on how to enrol. The rewrite examination counts as a course attempt. Students who are unsuccessful at the rewrite examination for their second course attempt will need to retake the full course.  Note: rewrite examinations are not deferrable. If a student does not attempt the rewrite examination in the semester immediately following the original attempt, they must attempt the entire course again.


Withdrawals and Deferrals

Students may withdraw from a CPA preparatory course or exam by "enrolling" in a withdrawal through the Preparatory Course enrolment portal. By enrolling in a withdrawal, students accept the terms laid out in the refund policy.

Students may defer a CPA preparatory course examination if they have completed all the mandatory components of the course. Students may defer for one semester only; if they do not sit the deferral exam in the subsequent semester, they will receive a grade of zero and be charged with a course attempt. If you would like to defer an examination, email ppp@cpaontario.ca. A fee applies for all deferrals. Please refer to the Member's Handbook, Regulation 4-2.


Refund and Cancellation Policy

Students are subject to the refund and cancellation policy of CPA Ontario for CPA preparatory courses. Students wishing to withdraw from a preparatory course may do so on our enrolment portal. Students wishing to withdraw from a course should read the refund policy in the enrolment guide for the CPA preparatory courses. 


Fees

For a list of all fees, please refer to the Member's Handbook, Regulation 4-2.

Entry to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP)

Once you have completed the prerequisite education requirements, your file will be reviewed for eligibility to enter the CPA PEP. If you are deemed eligible to enrol in CPA PEP, you will be notified by the Transcript Assessment team with details on how to proceed.


Conditional Enrolment

If you are currently enrolled in your final CPA preparatory course you may be eligible to conditionally enrol in CPA PEP, pending your final grade. Instructions will be included in the communication from the Transcript Assessment team.

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Interested in Becoming a Licensed Public Accountant (LPA)?

CPA Ontario’s preparatory courses have not been assessed by the Public Accountants Council for the Province of Ontario (PAC) and, therefore, any individual enrolling in a CPA preparatory course is not eligible for a public accounting licence.

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