I am an Internationally Educated Professional

Jumpstart your career in Canada by becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in Ontario. The CPA represents more than just an accounting designation – it sets apart the best and most in-demand business and finance professionals. CPAs are highly sought after and globally recognized by top employers across every sector.

With your international education and experience, you’re positioned to build an exceptional career in Canada as a CPA.

If you have attended a post-secondary institution outside of Canada, this page is for you.

Already a member of a professional accounting body outside of Canada? Learn about how you can fast track your CPA career in Canada as an internationally trained accountant.

calendar icon

Upcoming events

Create your profile today

Unlock a successful career in Canada. Stay connected and learn more about becoming a CPA. Get access to exclusive networking events for internationally educated professionals that will prepare you for the job market in Ontario.

Get access now
Two people sitting talking to each otherTwo people sitting talking to each otherAttend an Event

Join us for

  • an information session to learn about program structure, requirements and the transcript assessment application process
  • a one-on-one consultation with a CPA advisor about your pathway options
  • networking and learning opportunities through conferences, mentoring and events
Trees with leaves changing coloursTrees with leaves changing coloursMoving to Canada?

Learn about the first steps you should take to prepare yourself to pursue the CPA designation, including attending a pre-arrival webinar and completing a transcript assessment.

Your next steps

Step 1 - Learn more about your pathway

Join us for a CPA information session to learn how to become a CPA.

Need more personalized information after attending an information session? Register for a one-on-one advisement with a CPA advisor to discuss your pathway options.

Step 2 - Transcript Assessment

Your next step is to evaluate how your credentials and education are recognized in Canada.

If you have a qualification from a post-secondary institution outside Canada, you must request an International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) course-by-course evaluation carried out by World Education Services (WES). A WES evaluation ensures the authenticity of international documents and provides a consistent Canadian equivalency determination for international credentials.

We are temporarily accepting unofficial copies of transcripts to complete an assessment. To learn more about our temporary policy, please visit our Covid-19 Transcript Assessment FAQs.

Why do I need a Transcript Assessment?

Transcripts are evaluated to determine whether you meet the degree requirement and have completed the required subject area coverage (academic pre-requisites) for entry to the CPA Professional Education Program. CPA Ontario will use the transcript assessment results to advise you on the path and courses required to obtain a CPA designation.

Submit my transcript

Step 3 - Register as a student and complete your education and practical experience requirements

The nationally developed and provincially delivered CPA certification program consists of:

  • academic prerequisites with specific subject area coverage
  • the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP), which includes the Common Final Examination (CFE)
  • thirty months of recognized, relevant practical experience
IEP journey

Career and financial resources

Find organizations that offer career resources, learning and financial support to newcomers, to help you in your career and settlement in Canada.

See more