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Internationally Trained Accountants

Internationally Trained Accountants

Information for accountants trained outside Canada looking to become CPAs in Ontario.

Become a CPA

If you are an accountant and are a member of a professional accounting body outside Canada, you can become a CPA in Ontario.

CPA Ontario unified CAs, CGAs and CMAs as one single, strong profession under the banner of Chartered Professional Accountants. We continue to honour the Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) and other agreements in place with each legacy body. A list of accounting bodies and the legacy body in Ontario with which the accounting body has an agreement is outlined below.

Further information on the registration requirements and how to apply for membership with CPA Ontario is available by clicking on each designation.

Some accounting bodies outside Canada have an agreement with more than one legacy body in Ontario. If you are applying to register based on your membership in one of these accounting bodies, you may choose to register in the pathway you wish to complete.

Accounting Body Outside Canada Designation Awarded by CPA Ontario
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) CPA, CGA
CPA
Certified Practising Accountants of Australia (CPA Australia) CPA, CGA
CPA, CMA
Certified Public Accountants of Ireland (CPA Ireland) CPA, CGA
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom (CIMA) CPA, CMA
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia CPA, CA
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales CPA, CA
The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants CPA, CA
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India CPA, CA
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland CPA, CA
New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants CPA, CA
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan CPA
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland CPA, CA
The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants CPA, CA
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe CPA, CA
Instituto Mexicano de Contadores Publicos (must have CPC designation) CPA, CA
L’Institut des Reviseurs d’Entreprises de Belgique CPA, CA
Ordre des experts comptables de France (OEC de France) CPA, CA
CPA, CGA
The Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants CPA, CA
The Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants CPA, CA
Recognized State Boards of Accountancy in the U.S. CPA, CA
All other professional accounting bodies that are member bodies in good standing of IFAC and not indicated on this list CPA


Registering with CPA Ontario

You can register with CPA Ontario before you immigrate to Canada. Your education and training will be assessed before you immigrate. You will be informed of any additional requirements you will need to complete once your education and training has been assessed.

Internationally Educated Professionals

If you are not a member of an accounting body but have attended a post-secondary institution outside Canada and have completed a minimum of one year of study, please visit Get Started.

The CPA Designation

The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered General Accountant (CGA) designations may only be used in the Province of Ontario by members of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Membership with CPA Ontario and use of the designations will be granted upon successful completion of admission requirements.