Transition of legacy programs
In Quebec, the last admissions to the legacy programs were in September 2013. The new CPA Professional Education Program, adopted through a government-approved regulation in force since May 15, 2014, began in the fall of 2014, according to university calendars. Students enrolled before this date and who complete their professional education, examinations and practical experience within the timeframe provided for under the transitional rules of the new regulation will obtain the CPA, CA, CPA, CGA or CPA, CMA designation. They will use this designation until May 2022.
The last professional examinations in the legacy programs (CPA, CA, CPA, CGA and CPA, CMA) were held in September 2015. Students who complete their professional education and the examinations in their path within the required timeframe have until the end of August 2018 to complete their practical experience and obtain their permit under the legacy program in which they were enrolled.
Students who have not met the deadlines set out in the transitional provisions are now subject to the new regulatory requirements for obtaining the CPA permit. They may be exempt from certain modules of the Professional Education Program if equivalence is recognized for courses or examinations they successfully completed under the legacy programs. The transition analysis tables of the different paths were developed by the Order’s Qualification committee, in collaboration with the other provincial institutes and CPA Canada, and approved by the Order’s Executive committee on June 19, 2014.
Candidates who are no longer be entered on the CPP roll as of September 15, 2015, but who have completed part of the legacy programs in the last 5 years, can request a review of their file by the Order to determine whether they meet the CPA PEP admission requirements and whether equivalence can be granted. Candidates whose path dates back more than five years will automatically be required to complete the new CPA program and meet the admission requirements.