Skip to main content

Beginning of Main Content

Member of Accounting Body Outside Canada

Attention

We are currently experiencing a higher than normal volume of applications and inquiries, which are resulting in slower response times. As such, the minimum application processing time is 12 weeks.

Member of an Accounting Body Outside Canada

If you are a member in good standing with an accounting body outside Canada you may be eligible to register with CPA Ontario as a student.

Registration Eligibility

In order to qualify for student registration you must be a member in good standing with:

or

  • A professional or regulatory body or authority for accountants or auditors in a country other than Canada that has been established by statute to qualify, certify, regulate, license or authorize individuals to practise as accountants or auditors in that country.


Program Requirements

As a member of an accounting body outside Canada, you may be eligible for advanced standing in the CPA certification program if you have a university degree and/or a minimum number of years of experience, as outlined below.

Challenge Path

If you have a university degree and a minimum of three years of relevant experience or no university degree and a minimum of eight years of relevant experience, you are automatically exempt from completing specific academic prerequisites at post-secondary institutions. Prior to being eligible for admission to membership, you will be required to successfully complete the following components of the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP):

  • Challenge the examinations of Core 1 and Core 2 Modules;
  • Challenge the examinations of two Elective Modules;
  • Capstone 1 Module;
  • Capstone 2 Module; and
  • The Common Final Examination

In addition, you will be required to complete 30 months of prescribed practical experience. Please see Practical Experience Requirements below.

Learn more about the CPE PEP.

Full CPA PEP Path

If you do not have a university degree and have less than eight years of relevant experience, you are automatically exempt from completing specific academic prerequisites at post-secondary institutions. Prior to being eligible for admission to membership, you will be required to successfully complete the following components of CPA PEP:

  • Core 1 and Core 2 Modules and examinations;
  • Two Elective Modules and examinations;
  • Capstone 1 Module;
  • Capstone 2 Module; and
  • The Common Final Examination

In addition, you will be required to complete 30 months of prescribed practical experience. Please see Practical Experience Requirements below.

Learn more about the CPE PEP.

Practical Experience Requirements

Students registered under the Accounting Body Outside Canada category may apply for a full or partial exemption from the prescribed practical experience requirement by submitting a Practical Experience Certificate for Internationally Trained Candidates for each of your former employers and your current employer. Appropriate third-party verification is required. All requests for exemption from the practical experience requirement are reviewed only after the application for student registration is approved by the Registrar. Furthermore, these requests will only be considered after you enrol in CPA PEP modules.

Submission Instructions

All documentation must be provided in English. You are responsible to have documents officially translated if necessary.

Your application will not be considered complete until all information and documentation has been received. It is your responsibility to ensure the application is complete and accurate and is received by the Registrar.

Submit your application via email or regular mail. Information completed via affidavit and containing a notarial seal or commissioner stamp must be submitted in original form by regular mail.

 Upon receipt of your complete application, you will be informed of the Registrar’s decision within eight to twelve weeks.

How to Register

  1. Complete the International Candidate Application Form;
  2. Send a request to your accounting body to complete and submit, directly to CPA Ontario, the Certification of Membership Form (Appendix I of the International Candidate Application Formcontains this form) or a letter of good standing on your accounting body’s letterhead. The accounting body may mail the original or email the electronic document directly to the address noted above in the “Submission Instructions” section;
  3. Complete the International Candidate - Application for Registration Form 6-1A;
  4. Submit required fees - see details below;
  5. Sign and date CPA Ontario’s Academic Code of Conduct;
  6. Submit proof of legal name;
  7. Submit a chronological résumé; and
  8. Submit a letter(s) of good standing from all other professional accounting bodies in which you hold membership(s). Submit official transcripts showing conferral of a degree, if applicable.

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

Fees

If you are applying to register as a student, you are required to submit fees with your application. The fee can be paid by credit card or by cheque made payable to Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

*The Initial Administration Fee plus applicable taxes is non-refundable.

The Annual Student Fee (ASF) is an annual fee covering the period of January 1 to December 31 each year. All students are required to pay the fee in order to maintain their student registration status in good standing.

Please see Regulation 4-2: Dues for a complete list of all fees.

An applicant may be responsible for additional costs imposed by external parties. These costs are not levied by CPA Ontario and are beyond CPA Ontario’s control. Therefore, CPA Ontario is unable to advise applicants of the total gross or net costs (after taking into account reimbursements or other subsidies made available by external parties) of the registration and qualification to membership processes. All costs levied by CPA Ontario have been approved by Council and are found in Regulation 4-2, Dues.

Appeal Rights

Decision of the Registrar not to register or reregister an individual as a student may be appealed by the individual to the Membership Committee. The parties to an appeal are the individual appealing and the Registrar. The appeal shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules of Practice and Procedure. The decision of the Membership Committee is final.

Decisions relating to exemption from the prescribed practical experience requirement are eligible for review. Reviews of these decisions may take place upon request and if additional or new information is provided.

REQUESTS TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE DOCUMENTATION

In extraordinary circumstances where required documents are not obtainable for reasons beyond their control, applicants can take steps to explore acceptable alternative documentation. Requests to consider alternative documents are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact Student Services at transcriptregistration@cpaontario.ca for more information prior to submitting your application.

Public Accounting Licensing

Admission to membership with CPA Ontario and the granting of the right to use the designations in Ontario does not automatically qualify a member to be licensed as a public accountant. If you seek to be licensed as a public accountant in Ontario, you must fulfill the specific requirements of Regulation 9-1: Public Accounting Licensing.

Learn More