State Boards of Accountancy in the U.S.

The mutual recognition agreement (MRA) between all Canadian CPA bodies and the U.S. International Qualifications Appraisal Board (IQAB), representing the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), came into effect on January 1, 2018.

U.S. CPAs who obtained their U.S. CPA credential by qualifying under a reciprocal agreement that the NASBA and the AICPA may have with another professional accountancy organization are not eligible under this agreement. This includes all mutual recognition agreements, reciprocal membership agreements, and other similar agreements that the NASBA/AICPA may have had at any time.

Please note: If you are a member in good standing of a U.S. State Board that does NOT have reciprocity with Canada, or if you do not meet the eligibility criteria set out in the MRA, you may be eligible to complete the Canadian CPA Certification Program via the Member of Accounting Body Outside Canada pathway

Have all the required documentation? Complete the online application to become a CPA Ontario member.

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How to apply

Please read the following instructions carefully before you begin your online application:

  • Gather all documents listed in the "Required Documents" section before starting your application.
  • All documents can be uploaded into the online application form except when originals are required.
  • In addition, you should gather information regarding your membership with your accounting body, including Membership ID, date of admission, and date of exam completions, as well as any other information that should be considered by the Registrar when assessing your application.

Please note: if you have previously registered with CPA Canada, please contact our team to be provided with information on how to apply using your previous ID number.

First-time users will first need to create a basic profile by providing your name, email address and phone number. You will also be asked to create a password.

In the "Tell Us More About Yourself" section, you will need to select your answers from drop down menus. Candidates applying for admission under a Mutual Recognition Agreement will need to answer the questions below as follows:

  • How would you describe yourself? "Member in an Accounting Body Outside of Canada not previously registered with CPA Canada"
  • I would like to…"Apply directly for CPA Ontario membership through an agreement with my accounting body"

To begin, complete the online application to become a CPA Ontario member.

After applying

Once you have submitted your application and online payment through My Portal, you will receive an email confirmation. Applications are not considered complete until payment is received. You can check the status of your application my logging in to My Portal. Additional information may be requested so please check your email regularly.

It is your responsibility to ensure the application is complete and accurate and is received by the Registrar. If you have any questions about the process, please contact us.

For more information on how to access your records, please see our Access to Records Policy.

Eligibility

CPA Ontario is responsible for promoting and protecting the public interest by ensuring our members meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. This includes regulating the practice and professional conduct of individuals as CPAs providing services to clients in Ontario. Applicants to CPA Ontario should be either residing in, moving to or in the process of immigrating to Ontario.

In order to qualify for admission to membership, you must:

  • be a licensee in good standing of a U.S. State Board with which Canadian CPA bodies currently have reciprocity (see list below)
  • make an application in the appropriate form for membership and pay the prescribed fees and dues
  • provide evidence of good character satisfactory to the Registrar by answering declarations contained in the online application
  • not be an undischarged bankrupt
  • have provided all information and produced all documents requested by CPA Ontario
  • not have been registered with CPA Ontario, a regional body, or a provincial body as a student in the five years prior to, or at the time of, writing the first part of the U.S. AICPA Uniform CPA Examination
  • meet the following additional criteria:
    • have the equivalent of at least 150 semester hours of college or university education, including a baccalaureate or higher degree conferred by a college or university acceptable to a state board - U.S. CPAs who qualified prior to the introduction of the 150-semester hour requirement are grandfathered in by this agreement as having met the 150-semester hour requirement
    • have passed the Uniform CPA Examination
    • have 30 months of relevant practical experience
    • are in compliance with the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements of your State Board

An applicant who wrote one or more parts of the U.S. Uniform CPA examination while a resident of Canada must, in addition to the above eligibility requirements, have obtained either:

  • a university degree from a degree-granting institution of higher education in the U.S. or Mexico as a result of having attended the institution in person for classroom instruction on a full-time basis
  • at least one year of full-time practical experience in accounting in the U.S. or Mexico

CPA Reciprocity Professional Development Course

In order to maintain your membership with CPA Ontario, you will be required to successfully complete the CPA Reciprocity Professional Development Course (CPARPD) by the second anniversary of your date of admission to membership. CPARPD consists of approximately 20 hours of online study in Canadian tax, law and rules of professional conduct in a modular form. The Registrar may grant an exemption from this requirement only if the applicant has successfully completed the CPA Reciprocity Examination within two years of having obtained membership in CPA Ontario.

Required documents

The following documents are required for your application to be considered complete. All documents must be provided in English. If necessary, it is your responsibility to have documents officially translated.

Proof of I.D.

If the name on your document is different than your legal name document, you must also provide a proof of legal name change document or a marriage certificate.

  • Proof of identity (please provide a copy of one):
    • birth certificate or equivalent government-issued documentation
    • passport
    • both sides of a Canadian citizenship certificate card
    • both sides of a Permanent Resident card, or landed immigrant papers
    • Canadian driver’s license
    • Nexus identification card

Residency documents

The following documents are required for proof of residency:

  • memorandum prepared on a supplementary sheet outlining, in sufficient detail, your residency pattern at the time of writing the normal qualifying examination(s) - the memorandum must also provide clarification as to whether you maintained a home or mailing address in Canada at the time of writing the normal qualifying examination(s)
  • documentation showing the date you first landed in Canada or memorandum stating that you have not yet landed in Canada
  • documentation showing the year you first filed a Canadian Income Tax Return (if applicable)
  • copy of Canadian Customs and Immigration Landing Documents (if applicable)
  • copy of Canadian visas held (if applicable)
  • copy of passport page(s) containing immigration stamp(s) to support Canadian entry/exit dates and/or residency pattern at the time of writing the normal qualifying examination(s)

Please compile these documents into one PDF attachment and upload into the application.

Letter of Good Standing (LGS) and transcripts

  • Provide an original letter of good standing and transcripts from the accounting body. These documents must be sent to CPA Ontario directly through mail or via email from the accounting body. CPA Ontario cannot accept emailed letters of good standing and transcripts from the applicant directly; they must be received from the accounting body. Physical document(s) mailed by the applicant will be accepted if unopened.
  • You are solely responsible for contacting the accounting body and requesting this information be provided directly to CPA Ontario.
  • Transcript information should include exams taken, dates of completion and results.
  • You can still apply before your accounting body sends the letter to CPA Ontario. However, your application will not be considered complete until this confirmation is received.
  • To assist your accounting body in writing the letter, the following form can be used as a guide: Request for Certification of Membership with a US State Board of Accountancy.

    LGS from all other accounting bodies (if applicable)

    • Original letter(s) of good standing from all other professional accounting bodies in which you hold membership.

    Practical Experience Certificate Form for Internationally Trained Accountants

    • Please download the Practical Experience Certificate Form, Ask each of your relevant (current or former) employers to complete the form, and upload into the application.
    • If you have more than one form, please compile them into one PDF attachment and upload into the application.
    • Your employers do not need to send these forms directly to CPA Ontario, but they should be made aware that CPA Ontario may contact them.

    Detailed chronological resume

    • Detailed chronological resume listing all work experience and education history.

      Two referee recommendation forms

      • Please download the Referee Recommendation Form, ask your two referees to complete the form, and upload into the application.
      • Your references do not need to send these forms directly to CPA Ontario but they should be made aware that CPA Ontario may contact them.
      • Reference forms must be completed on your behalf by individuals who are members of a Canadian provincial CPA body or CPA Bermuda. References must have known you for longer than one year and must not be related to you.

      Alternative documentation

      In extraordinary circumstances where required documents are not obtainable for reasons beyond their control, applicants can take steps to explore acceptable alternative documentation. Requests to consider alternative documents are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

      Please contact the Student Services team for more information prior to submitting your application.

      Fees and timeline

      Annual Membership dues (AMD) are collected via the MyPortal site for the period in which your admission to membership would take place if your application is successful. The admission to membership fee plus applicable taxes are non-refundable. Based on current timelines we expect successful new applications to be admitted in the next full year AMD period (April 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021).

      A complete list of dues can be found in the Schedule of Dues in Regulation 11-1: Dues and Fees.

      An applicant 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 of the total gross or net costs (after taking into account reimbursements or other subsidies made available by external parties) of the application and qualification to membership processes.

      Timeline

      We are currently experiencing a high volume of enquiries and applications and this is causing delays in our response time. Please be advised that the minimum application processing time is 12 weeks from the time your application is considered complete.
      This is a table associated with the information above
      Admission to Membership fee$500 + $65 HST$500 + $65 HST
      CPA Ontario AMD$580$290
      CPA Canada AMD$400$200
      HST on AMD$127.40$63.70
      Total$1672.40$1118.70

      Appeal rights

      An applicant who is refused admission with CPA Ontario for a reason other than good character or credibility, or whose admission is made subject to terms and conditions, may appeal the decision to the Admission and Registration Committee. The parties to an appeal are the applicant and the Registrar. The appeal shall be conducted in accordance with Regulation 6-1: Admission and Registration Committee. The decision of the committee is final.

      In circumstances where an applicant does not provide evidence of good character or a credibility assessment is required, the Registrar shall refer the matter to an oral hearing before the Admission and Registration Committee. The parties to the hearing are the applicant and the Registrar. An applicant may appeal an order of the Admission and Registration Committee to the Appeal Committee. The decision of the Appeal Committee is final.

      U.S. State Boards with Canadian CPA bodies reciprocity agreements

      • Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy
      • Arizona State Board of Accountancy
      • Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy
      • California State Board of Accountancy
      • Connecticut State Board of Accountancy
      • Delaware State Board of Accountancy
      • District of Columbia Board of Accountancy
      • Colorado State Board of Accountancy
      • Florida Board of Accountancy
      • Georgia State Board of Accountancy
      • Idaho State Board of Accountancy
      • Illinois Board of Examiners and Dept. of Financial & Professional Regulation
      • Indiana Board of Accountancy
      • Iowa Accountancy Examining Board
      • Kansas Board of Accountancy
      • Kentucky State Board of Accountancy
      • State Board of CPAs of Louisiana
      • Maine Board of Accountancy
      • Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy
      • Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy
      • Michigan Board of Accountancy
      • Minnesota State Board of Accountancy
      • Missouri State Board of Accountancy
      • Montana State Board of Public Accountants
      • Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy
      • Nevada State Board of Accountancy
      • New Hampshire Board of Accountancy
      • New Jersey State Board of Accountancy
      • New Mexico Public Accountancy Board
      • New York State Board for Public Accountancy
      • North Carolina Board of CPA Examiners
      • North Dakota State Board of Accountancy
      • Accountancy Board of Ohio
      • Oklahoma Accountancy Board
      • Oregon State Board of Accountancy
      • Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy
      • Rhode Island Board of Accountancy
      • South Carolina Board of Accountancy
      • South Dakota Board of Accountancy
      • Tennessee State Board of Accountancy
      • Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
      • Utah Board of Accountancy
      • Vermont Board of Public Accountancy
      • Virginia Board of Accountancy
      • Virgin Islands Board of Public Accountancy
      • Washington State Board of Accountancy
      • West Virginia Board of Accountancy
      • Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board
      • Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants