Registration and policies

Prerequisites

Have you completed a recognized undergraduate degree or the prerequisite courses to obtain an equivalence of diploma or an equivalence of training and earned the required grade point average of 2.8/4.3? If so, you are eligible for admission to the CPA national program.

Registration

Depending on your situation, several registration possibilities are available.

You have completed your undergraduate studies

You have completed your undergraduate studies and are ready to begin the national program.

You will be completing your undergraduate studies at the end of the term

You will be completing your undergraduate studies at the end of the term and you wish to begin the national program as soon as possible.

  • Fill out the registration with the Order before the deadlines specified in the Module and exam calendar. You may be enrolled conditionally upon passing all the prerequisites.
  • Send confirmation to the Order that you successfully completed your undergraduate program (or equivalent) as soon as possible to make your registration official.
  • When your application is accepted, enrol in the modules in your online file and pay the required fees.

Important! You do not have to register directly with the university partner you have chosen when registering for the PEP. Module registration is done directly with the Order.

Financial aid and tax deductions

Do you want to learn more about the financial aid and tax deductions available to students in the national program? Consult the table below.

Government of Quebec

No RL-8 slip will be issued, since the Order is not considered an educational institution for purposes of the provincial slip. However, you may claim a tax credit for tuition fees paid to the Order.

All other related fees paid to the Order which are required for enrolment in the national program, including Order registration fees and annual dues, are also tax deductible. You must include the appropriate receipts with your tax return.

Deductible fees (receipt required)1

  • File opening
  • File review
  • Registration with the Order and reinstatement
  • File review – Reciprocity agreement
  • Annual dues2
  • Short online orientation session
  • Module fee
  • Make-up assignment marking fee
  • Module examination fee (including review request)
  • Securexam licence
  • Common Final Examination fee (CFE)

Non-deductible fees

  • Administrative penalties in case of withdrawal from the program
  • Reference books and manuals other than those included on the D2L platform
  • Candidate in good standing letter
  • Annual dues to the Order after successfully passing the CFE

1 Your invoices are available in your online file.
2 The annual student dues will no longer be deductible once you have successfully passed the final examination, since you will have completed the CPA Professional Education Program.

Government of Canada

In February, the Order issues a T2202A form for the fees paid for the program and the months of part-time studies.

All other related fees paid to the Order which are required for enrolment in the national program, including Order registration fees and annual dues, are also tax deductible. You must include the appropriate receipts with your tax return, since these fees are not included in the T2202A form.

Fees included in the T2202A form

  • Short online orientation session
  • Module fee
  • Make-up assignment marking fee
  • Module examination fee (including review request)

Deductible fees (receipt required)1

  • File opening
  • File review
  • Registration with the Order and reinstatement
  • File review – Reciprocity agreement
  • Annual dues2
  • Securexam licence
  • Common Final Examination fee (CFE)

Non-deductible fees

  • Administrative penalties in case of withdrawal from the program
  • Reference books and manuals other than those included on the D2L platform
  • Candidate in good standing letter
  • Annual dues to the Order after successfully passing the CFE

1 Your invoices are available in your online file.
2 The annual student dues will no longer be deductible once you have successfully passed the final examination, since you will have completed the CPA Professional Education Program.

Quebec CPA Foundation

Assistance for success scholarships

This scholarship program is intended for students who are preparing to register for the Professional Education Program (PEP), either the university graduate program or the national program delivered by the Order. To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate that they need financial aid to help them cover all the costs involved in continuing the PEP.

See the eligibility requirements and application process [+]

PEP scholarship – National Program

This program is intended for students who are registered in the national program delivered by the Order and who have passed the Core 1 and Core 2 examinations.

See the eligibility requirements and application process [+]

Desjardins

Distinctive Offer

Candidates enrolled in the national program have access to the same Distinctive Offer products and services granted to CPA members. Moreover, Desjardins also offers candidates the Student STRATEGIC Line of Credit.

STRATEGIC Line of Credit

  • $80,000 credit limit available to meet all your needs (gradual credit limit increase).
  • Desjardins prime rate + 0.50%.
  • Option to capitalize interest costs throughout the duration of your studies and option to pay interest only on your loan for 6 months following your graduation.

For more information [+]

Important! This information is provided for reference purposes only and does not constitute legal tax advice. Taxpayers are responsible for obtaining legal advice applicable to their situation. The opinions of the tax authorities take precedence over those of the Order.

Order university partners

The national program is offered in Montreal and Quebec City, as well as in Gatineau (if a minimum number of registration is reached.), in collaboration with the following university partners:

University credits will be granted if you decide to pursue graduate studies:

Information sessions are held every semester at the campus of many universities. See the upcoming information sessions [+]

Cancellation and refund policy

Barring exceptional circumstances, you may cancel your enrolment in a module by completing the appropriate form. In all cases, if you abandon a module but wish to re-enroll in it at a later session you will have to repeat the module, regardless of when it was abandoned. 

Do you want to cancel your registration in the CPA Professional Education Program (national program) or get a refund of some of the fees you paid? See the cancellation and refund policy.

Important! You have up to three attempts to pass each module examination. For more information, visit the National examinations page.

CPA harmonized education policies

The CPA harmonized education policies includes a collection of policy directives for the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP), as well as the rules for admission, administration, modules, module evaluation and the Common Final Examination.

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