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Step 1: Find Your Path to the CPA Designation

To begin the process of applying to become a student of CPA Ontario, find your program entry point below.

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Educated in Ontario

If you are currently enrolled as a student at a post-secondary institution in Ontario, a graduate or mature student educated in Ontario, use the self-assessment tool to determine if you have any prerequisites outstanding for entry into the CPA certification program. Outstanding prerequisites can be completed through CPA preparatory courses or through a post-secondary institution.
Specific post-secondary institutions are accredited by CPA Ontario. Learn more about CPA-Accredited Programs.
Complete a Self-Assessment and proceed to Step 2
Educated Elsewhere in Canada

If you’re a post-secondary student or graduate from outside Ontario, or a student in the CPA program in another province and want to see if you have the required prerequisites, refer to prerequisites and look for your respective province/region.

If you are a student with another CPA provincial body and would like to transfer your student status to CPA Ontario, please contact your provincial body to initiate the transfer.

If you are a student with CPA Ontario and would like to transfer your student status to another provincial accounting body, please send your request in writing to customerservice@cpaontario.ca

Review Your Prerequisites
Internationally Trained Accountant If you are an accountant and are a member of a professional accounting body outside Canada, you can become a CPA in Ontario. Learn More
Internationally Educated Professional If you're an internationally educated professional seeking to become a CPA in Ontario, you can complete a transcript assessment to verify your educational achievements. Proceed to Step 2
Co-op Student If you are an undergraduate student enrolled in a co-op program and would like your practical experience recognized during your co-op terms, you should register with CPA Ontario as a student. You do not need to submit a transcript assessment request at this time. Learn More

Next Steps

If you have no prerequisites outstanding, or wish to complete them through CPA preparatory courses, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2