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Step 3. Register as a Student

If you are eligible to enrol in the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) or preparatory course(s), your transcript assessment results will include instructions on how to register as a student with CPA Ontario.

There are several student registration categories, so ensure you select the correct category and applicable fees to avoid a delay.

You must register and be approved as a student prior to enrolling in any course, module or exam. Processing your registration will take up to 10 business days; incomplete registration applications may cause delays.

Please note that there is an initial non-refundable administration fee of $125 plus HST in addition to the fees listed below.

University Graduate Conferred a university degree. $600 (Jan - Jun)
$300 (Jul - Dec)
Co-operative Degree Program Enrolled in an approved Undergraduate Co-operative Program (Schedule A). $300 (Jan - Dec)
CPA Accredited University Program Enrolled in Graduate level component of CPA Accredited University Program (Schedule B). $600 (Jan - Jun)
$300 (Jul - Dec)
Accounting Body Outside of Canada 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. $600 (Jan - Jun)
$300 (Jul - Dec)
Provincial Transfer Registered and in good standing with another Provincial body. $600 (Jan - Jun)
$300 (Jul - Dec)
Mature Student At least 8 years of relevant work experience. $600 (Jan - Jun)
$300 (Jul - Dec)
Conditional Registration A student who has completed at least 30 credit-hours at a post-secondary institution, but has not completed all of the academic requirements, may apply to register conditionally in the University Graduate Category for a maximum period of seven years. If you are a first, second or third-year student please learn more.
A student who has not completed at least one year at a post-secondary institution, but has completed at least three years of relevant accounting or business work experience, may apply to register conditionally under the Mature Registration Category for a maximum period of seven years.
Review the Member's Handbook, Reg. 6-1 (s.7).
$600 (Jan - Jun)
$300 (Jul - Dec)

*Students are required to pay the Annual Student Fee upon registration, and annually thereafter, to maintain their status as a student with CPA Ontario.

Apply to Register

  1. Log in to the CPA Ontario student portal using the login information provided in your transcript assessment results. The first time you log in you will be required to create a password. If you do not have your login information, please contact Customer Service or call 1 800 387.0735 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.).

  2. Complete the online CPA Ontario student registration form by selecting the correct category from the list above.

  3. Select and pay the appropriate registration fees associated with your category.  Payment must be made online using a VISA, MasterCard, debit or via company cheque from your employer by using the ‘pay by employer’ option. For a list of all fees, please see the Member’s Handbook, Regulation 4-2.

Registration applications take approximately 10 business days to process. CPA Ontario will then contact you via email with confirmation and instructions on how to enrol in a course, module or exam. See registration submission deadlines on the 2017 CPA PEP Schedule and 2017 Preparatory Course Schedule, give yourself plenty of time prior to a deadline to ensure you do not miss this.

After registering as a student, you can proceed to Step 4 to enrol in a course, module or exam, and Step 5 to begin reporting your practical experience. Steps 4 and 5 can be completed in any order or simultaneously.

Please note that pro-rated fees are available from July 1 to December 31. If you submit your registration before July 1, you will be subject to paying full fees. Once your registration is submitted no refunds will be authorized

Appeal Rights

A decision of the Registrar or Vice President Student Services not to register or reregister an individual as a student, or to deregister a student, may be appealed by the individual or student to CPA Ontario Membership 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 Membership Committee is final.


Once you've received confirmation of your registration, proceed to Step 4

Step 4