The admission requirements for the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) are an undergraduate or master’s degree with 120 credit hours and required prerequisite knowledge. You can complete the prerequisite knowledge requirements as part of your undergraduate degree or as additional preparatory courses taken through:
- recognized post-secondary institutions, or
- CPA preparatory courses.
View the transfer credit guide:
Note: Students are required to complete a degree before admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).
If you do not have a degree but do have extensive, relevant work experience, you may qualify for admission into CPA PEP as a mature student.
CPA Preparatory Courses
CPA preparatory courses are a suite of 14 courses that provide you with the prerequisite knowledge required for admission to the CPA PEP. You only complete the modules you require.
The CPA preparatory courses are designed for those who:
- Have an undergraduate degree but lack some or all of the prerequisite knowledge requirements required for admission into CPA PEP.
- Have the extensive work experience required for admission into CPA PEP as a mature student but lack some or all of the prerequisite knowledge requirements.
Designed with the working professional in mind, courses are offered on a part-time basis and combine online learning and self-study.
Students require 30 credit hours of study (equivalent to 10 courses) at a post-secondary institution or three years of relevant work experience to enroll in CPA preparatory courses. Students can also complete the equivalent courses through recognized post-secondary institutions.
For more information on CPA Preparatory Courses, please visit the CPA Western School of Business.
For information on enrolling in the CPA Certification Program, including CPA Preparatory Courses, visit the How To Apply page.
View updates relating to COVID-19's impact on the CPA Certification Program, including preparatory course, here.