Your first step to joining the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) or Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) is to complete a formal transcript assessment. All transcript assessments in western Canada are performed by the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB) on post-secondary education gained within Canada (domestic) and outside of Canada (international). For those who may be undecided on which program of study to pursue, the assessment results will automatically include standing for both PEP and ACAF.
Begin a Transcript Assessment
The next step is to request a transcript assessment through your My CPA Profile. To assist with the process for requesting a transcript assessment and details on how to submit official documentation, please use this step-by-step guide.
Domestic Transcript Assessment – $150 CND
Applicants submitting domestic education (gained within Canada) must have their official documents mailed to the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB) directly from the post-secondary institution(s) in a sealed envelope. Opened documents or unofficial copies will not be accepted. Exemptions are granted based on equivalencies that have been established with the various Canadian post-secondary institutions. For a list of course maps from post-secondary institutions in Manitoba, click here.
International Transcript Assessment – $250 CND
Applicants who have completed CPA related prerequisite courses at international post-secondary institutions must submit the international transcript assessment request. This includes courses recognized as transfer credit towards a Canadian university degree.
All official transcripts (in English or translated to English) must be sent to the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB) directly from the post-secondary institution(s) in a sealed envelope. Original transcripts received directly from the applicant will not be considered official.
Applicants who possess international degree(s) or credentials must also obtain a third party credential evaluation to confirm Canadian equivalencies prior to the CPA Transcript Assessment. Applicants who have completed their degree outside of Canada must arrange for a third party degree report to be completed through one of the registered Canadian assessment services within the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC). Two of the options available include World Education Services (WES) and International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS). A basic report that verifies the Canadian degree equivalency is sufficient. Applicants must provide the documentation as stipulated by the respective assessment service and official results must also be mailed from the assessment service to the CPAWSB.
The transcript assessment will not be completed until all documents have been received including official transcripts from the post-secondary institution(s) and the third party assessment service.
Internationally Designated Accountants
If you have earned a professional accounting designation, and are a current member in good standing with an accounting body that is a member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), you may be eligible for entrance to or advanced standing within the CPA certification program. When completing your assessment request, enter the information in your education history under the designation tab. You will be required to submit additional documentation for advanced standing consideration, including a confirmation letter of good standing from the accounting body and details of practical experience.
English as an additional language
Should English be an additional language, it is important to recognize that high levels of English speaking and writing skills are essential to finding success in PEP, CPA preparatory courses, and ACAF. While not required, it is highly recommended that students score at least an 8 on the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks test prior to enrolling.
CPA preparatory course waiver(s) can be granted for internationally educated students in non-core courses including Introductory Financial Accounting, Introductory Management Accounting, Economics, Statistics, and Information Technology where a specific equivalency standard may be unclear, but it is determined that there is sufficient coverage in the foundation topic area as related to the CPA requirements.
To be considered for core module exemptions, an applicant must provide detailed documentation that outlines specific course coverage, applicable text(s), and evaluation criteria. Note that Taxation and Business Law require Canadian content.
Courses are assessed at a minimum international grade conversion of 50% for non-core modules and 60% for core modules.
Notarized transcripts will be accepted provided they are validated by a third-party assessment service. This includes transcripts that have a notarized translation. In exceptional circumstances where the applicant has provided confirmation that the post-secondary institution is unable to issue official transcripts, arrangements may be made for the individual to provide original documents to the CPAWSB. In all such instances, a Specialized or Course-by-Course report from the third party assessment service must be provided.
Proof of Name Change
Confirmation of name change must be submitted if the applicant’s name on the transcript is different from that provided in the profile.