The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

In Alberta, legislation must be amended to allow for the CPA designation. Work is currently underway with government to effect those changes.

CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP)

What are the requirements for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program?

An undergraduate degree (in any discipline) from a recognized post-secondary institution is required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program ( CPA PEP). In addition to an undergraduate degree, required prerequisite courses as defined by the specific subject area coverage in the CPA Competency Map must be successfully completed through CPA PREP, Module Zero or your post-secondary institution.

For more information on Module Zero please visit

What is CPA PEP?

The CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) is a two-year graduate-level program that is delivered on a part-time basis. It’s designed to meet the needs of industry, government and public practice and provide professional accountants with the knowledge and skill to succeed in whatever role or position they take on.

CPA PEP consists of six modules which are delivered using a blended learning model consisting of online learning, self-study and classroom learning.

In addition to formal education and the common final examination, the new CPA certification program requires CPA students/candidates to complete a term of relevant practical experience. The knowledge and competencies gained through practical experience complement those developed through education.

Read more about Practical Experience Requirements

View or download the PEP brochure

Interested in applying for CPA PEP?

Registration Notice: Currently, CPA PEP in western Canada is run by the Chartered Accountants School of Business (CASB). 

To apply for CPA PEP, submit a completed 2014 CPA Candidate Application form to CASB.

Important: If you previously followed or have been following the CA prerequisite route, you can use the CASB prerequisites to enter the CPA Professional Education Program. Before applying for the CPA Professional Education Program you should have your transcripts assessed by CASB. Visit the CA School of Business website to find out more information.

Students who are completing or have successfully completed prerequisites for any one of the legacy CA, CMA or CGA professional programs, will be eligible for entry into CPA PEP until June, 2017. Students must meet the prerequisites of only one legacy pathway and will not be allowed to combine transcript evaluation results from the CA, CMA, CGA or PREP pathways. Module Zero, currently offered by the CA School of Business (CASB), is designed to help fill any knowledge gaps between the legacy programs and CPA PEP.

Are you a current CA, CMA or CGA student? Click here to read about transitioning into the CPA program.


Have questions?

  • Visit the CPA School of Business website for more information on the CPA Professional Education Program and Module Zero.
  • Send questions about applying to CPA PEP (including assessments, eligibility, prerequisites, employment) to
  • Send questions about enrolling in Core 1 (including transfers, withdrawals, schedule and key dates, accommodations, evaluations) to
  • Send questions about Module Zero to