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The deadline for completing your Legacy CA requirements is the earliest of either:

  • February 1, 2020 (to meet the requirements for admission to membership); or
  • 10 years from your date of registration.

Some Legacy CA students have expressed concern about meeting their deadlines, as failure to do so will result in deregistration. A student who has been deregistered will not be able to reregister except under extraordinary circumstances. 

If you don’t think you’ll be able to meet your deadlines, there is a new option available to you. This option allows you to apply to become a Transitional CA student under Regulation 9-1.


By changing registration categories, you will be eligible to achieve a CPA designation. However, you will no longer be eligible to achieve a dual designation (CPA, CA).

As a Transitional CA student, you will need to meet the transitional requirements by the deadlines below (as outlined in Regulation 9-1):

  • Successfully complete any outstanding PEP Modules, Capstone 1, Capstone 2 and the CFE by June 30, 2022
  • Complete the CPA Ontario Practical Experience requirements by June 30, 2023
  • Complete all of the above requirements prior to 10 years from your date of registration. 

Please note that failure to complete the transitional requirements by their prescribed deadline will result in deregistration.  

This flowchart will help you determine if applying to become a Transitional CA Student is right for you:

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Important Note: If you choose to transition from the Legacy CA category to the Transitional CA category, you will be unable to transition back. A transition is irrevocable. Please ensure you fully understand the consequences prior to applying to transition. 


Should you have not done so already, review the flowchart to help you decide if applying to become a transitional student is right for you.

Should you choose to transition:

  1. You need to complete, sign and date this declaration form.
  2. Email the declaration form to
  3. If approved, we will contact you to inform you that your registration category has been changed and you may enroll in Capstone 1.

If you have further questions or would like to set up an advisement call, please contact us.


You are considered a legacy CA student if you:

  • Registered as a legacy CA student with CPA Ontario prior to February 1, 2015
    • are completing remaining education requirements and transitioned in to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP), and/or
    • are completing remaining practical experience through a legacy Approved Training Office (ATO) or CPA Pre-Approved Program (PPR)
  • Have maintained your status as an active student by paying the Annual Student Due (ASD).

Once you have completed all the requirements by the deadlines indicated below, you may be eligible for the CPA, CA designation. For more information, refer to Regulation 9-2.


  • A four-year, 120 credit-hour undergraduate degree (or equivalent).
  • Completion of 51 credit-hour requirements (with prescribed GPA requirements).

CPA PEP Requirements

  • Completion of the two Capstone modules, unless completed through a CPA-Accredited Program.
  • Completion of the Common Final Exam (CFE) with depth in Assurance and Financial Reporting (you must select Assurance as your elected depth area for the CFE).


All practical experience requirements must be completed before the earlier of:

  • February 1, 2020;
  • Within seven years from the date of your first challenge exam; or
  • The tenth anniversary of the date of your registration as a student with CPA Ontario.

Note: Students registered under Regulation 9-2 who are obtaining their practical experience through the Experience Verification Route (EVR) are not eligible for the dual CPA, CA designation and must transfer to Regulation 9-1. Reporting experience within a Pre-Approved Program Route (PPR) in the Practical Experience Reporting Tool (PERT) does not affect eligibility for the dual CPA, CA designation.


You may be eligible for the CPA, CA designation if you meet all the education and practical experience requirements outlined in Regulation 9-2 and apply for membership before the earlier of:

    • February 1, 2020; or
    • the tenth anniversary of the date of your registration as a student with CPA Ontario.

Once you have completed all the requirements within the specific deadlines, you may apply for membership. Refer to your Student Dashboard where the Admission to Membership application form will be made available to you if you are eligible. 

Students who do not meet the program deadlines will be deregistered. Please review the Consequences of Deregistration for further information and Regulation 9-2, Section 21 for further information.


Ensure you are familiar with the deadlines you must meet to successfully complete the program. Students who do not meet the deadlines will be deregistered from the program.
Consequences of Deregistration