Mature Student Registration

As part of the CPA Ontario student registration process, you will have the option of choosing the Mature category. You should apply under this category only if you have at least eight years of relevant accounting or business experience with proficiency in two Level 1 competency areas. You do not need to hold a post-secondary degree to register under this category.

Experience used to determine entry under the Mature category is separate from the CPA Practical Experience Requirements.

Not sure if this is the right category for you? Take our quiz and we can help point you in the right direction.

How do I register as a Mature CPA Ontario student?

Review competencies

Review the CPA Practical Experience Competencies to ensure you have proficiency in two Level 1 competency areas.

Sign up

Sign up through My Portal.

Select registration category

Select the registration category ‘Mature’.

Complete transcript assessment

Make sure you have completed a transcript assessment. If you’ve completed any degree level education, input the details. If you have not, continue to the payment page. You will be contacted by a CPA Ontario representative and asked to complete a practical experience evaluation form and submit a resume. Your resume should include your job title, period of employment and specific duties.

Submit application

Following an assessment, eligible students will be contacted by a CPA Ontario representative and asked to submit their online student registration application along with three letters of reference.

What do I need to know?

How long does it take to process my application?

Currently, it takes four to six weeks to process an assessment package once payment and all required documents have been received. If you are submitting transcripts from outside of Canada, please allow six to eight weeks for processing.

Student registration applications typically take 10 business days once we receive all documents and payment. Processing times will take longer during peak times or if there are any character or bankruptcy declarations.

When can I begin the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP)?

You must complete the academic prerequisite requirements through a post-secondary institution or CPA preparatory courses before starting CPA PEP.

What should be included in the reference letters?

Letters of reference should be current dated, and come from individuals who have known the applicant for at least one year including one from a CPA Ontario or CPA Canada Member in good standing, one from a current employer, and one from a non-professional contact attesting to the applicant’s personal character.

The letters should speak to the desire, capacity and commitment the student will bring to the CPA designation.

How much does it cost to register?

You will be required to pay the following, depending on when you register. Fees and ASD are non-refundable.
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November 1-June 30$675 + GST/HST$150 + GST/HST$125 + GST/HST
July 1-October 31$340 + GST/HST$150 + GST/HST $125 + GST/HST

Access to Records Policy

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

Appeal rights

A decision of the Registrar not to register or reregister an individual as a student or to deregister a student, may be appealed by the individual or student to the CPA Ontario Admission and Registration Committee. The parties to an appeal are the individual appealing and the Registrar. The appeal shall be conducted in accordance with CPA Ontario’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. The decision of the Admission and Registration Committee is final.