CPA Professional Education Program

CPA accreditation is earned through the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). It prioritizes both academic study and relevant practical experience.

The program is offered through a series of modules to provide candidates with greater flexibility and the ability to customize their training toward a specific industry or area of focus. There is an evaluation after each module, which candidates must pass before proceeding to the next one.

The program is part-time study, during which candidates gain practical experience. Full details regarding PEP can be found through the CPA Western School of Business website.

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Minimum 30 months relevant Practical Experience
Qualifying Professional Experience for Public Accounting

A period of supervised field experience offering candidates the opportunity to develop and demonstrate:

• Ethical behavior and professionalism

• Competency development in accordance with CPA requirements

Two equally rigorous experience pathways:

• Pre-approved Program: Training positions that are offered by employers and have been pre-approved by the profession. These programs are designed for you to meet the practical experience requirements within 30 months.

• Experience verification: This flexible route allows you to demonstrate competence and have relevant experience recognized as it is gained at an employer of choice.

Professional Education Program (PEP)

Academic Prerequisites

1 Core

2 Core

1 Elective

2 Elective

Capstone Integrative Module

Capstone Evaluation Preparation

Final Evaluation


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Ready to apply for CPA PEP?

CPA PEP requires an undergraduate degree, 120 credit hours (or recognized equivalent), of any discipline along with required subject area coverage.

First, find out if your degree meets the prerequisite courses coverage required for CPA PEP by submitting a transcripts assessment request.

Second, if your degree is missing any of the necessary prerequisite courses, you may complete the equivalent coursework at a recognized post-secondary institution or through the CPA preparatory courses.

The CPA PEP schedule and program registration forms can be found on the CPA Western School of Business website.