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Academic Prerequisites

Academic Prerequisites

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Paths to the CPA Designation

There are several paths to the CPA designation. Each pathway has unique prerequisites and certification requirements, as outlined below:

CPA PATH
The most common path to achieve the CPA designation.
Prerequisites
  • 120 credit-hour degree or equivalent.
  • Completion of specific Subject Area Coverage.
    Grade Requirements:
  • Minimum 60% in each core course.
  • Minimum 50% in each non-core course.
  • Minimum 65% GPA in core prerequisite requirements.
  • Currency of education limits apply.
CPA-ACCREDITED PATH
A path for students in Ontario CPA-Accredited Programs which allows for some exemptions from the CPA PEP.
Prerequisites
  • Must complete a CPA-Accredited Program at a post-secondary institution. See Schedule B for details.
  • Determination of successful completion of CPA-Accredited Program requirements are facilitated directly with the post-secondary institution’s program offices.
51 CREDIT-HOUR PATH
A path with the opportunity to challenge portions of the CPA PEP.
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Prerequisites
  • 120 credit-hour degree or equivalent.
  • Completion of 51 credit-hour academic requirements.
    Grade Requirements:
  • A passing grade in each course.
  • Minimum 70% GPA in required courses.
  • Currency of education limits apply.