Chartered Professional Accountant

OCCUPATION INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW:

 

Who is the licensing body responsible for accrediting Chartered Professional Accountants in Alberta?

In Alberta, you must be registered with the Chartered Professional Accountants Alberta to practice as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and to use the title Chartered Professional Accountant.

Note, in 2014, the Certified General Accountants of Alberta (CGA), the Certified Management Accountants of Alberta (CMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (CA) merged into a single professional designation of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

What are the requirements for Internationally Educated Accountants?

In Alberta, you must be registered with the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of Alberta to practice as a professional accountant and to use the title Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).  Internationally educated accountants who wish to register with the CPAA must 

1. Be a Permanent Resident of Canada or Canadian Citizen

2. Have a recognized university (bachelor’s) degree equivalent to a four-year degree in Canada

3. Apply to become an associate of the Alberta Accountants Unification Agency

4. Have your transcripts assessed by a recognized evaluation service acceptable to the Alberta Accountants Unification Agency. These services include
  -  International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
  -  World Education Service (WES)
  -  Academic Credential Assessment Service (ACAS)
  -  Comparative Education Service (CES)
  -  International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
  -  International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
  -  Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés Culturelles (MICC)

5. Provide an English translation of any documents that are not in English.
The Association of Translators and Interpreters of Alberta provides translation services

6. Complete up to 12 pre-requisite accounting and business courses, as assessed by the Alberta Accountants Unification Agency

7. Complete the two-year Professional Education Program, which consists of six modules

8. Complete 30 months of Canadian work experience at the professional level. Credit for up to one year of foreign experience may be assessed


What training programs are available for Internationally Educated Accountants?

In addition to a recognized degree, CPAs are required to complete six modules in the CPA Professional Education Program and pass a Common Final Examination. 

Internationally Educated Applicants who hold a degree and require upgrading are advised to visit the CPA Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP) web page.  For a list of specific courses recognized by the CPA Association, please click here.

Internationally Educated Applicants who hold a degree that has been recognized by the CPA Association are advised to visit the CPA Education Program (CPA PEP) web page.

What supports are available to support internationally educated professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants offers Clear Communications for Business to help you integrate into the Canadian work force. Topics include Active Listening, Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving and Teamwork. Visit the Job Success Groups on the Study Groups page for more information on this service and eligibility criteria.

What resources are available for Accountants in Alberta?

Chartered Professional Accountants Alberta 



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