Becoming a CPA in Quebec

Information session

Have you successfully completed your training outside of Canada and do you wish to become a CPA in Quebec? Get all the answers to your questions at the next information session.

Check our website to find out the date of the next information session (fall 2017).

Three steps to the CPA path


Step 1 – Comparative evaluation of your studies

Did you complete your studies outside Canada? If so, you must first obtain a comparative evaluation for your studies done outside Quebec (Évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec) from the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI). You may also submit a credential evaluation from the World Education Services.

If your level of studies is similar to that of one of Quebec’s three-year undergraduate degrees, you can move on to step 2. 

Step 2 – Obtaining a list of qualifying courses (equivalence of a recognized undergraduate degree)

You must apply to one of the universities accredited by the Order. 

The university will provide you with a list of qualifying undergraduate courses you must pass to obtain the equivalence of a degree. Please note that the Order reserves the right to amend the list as necessary. 

Visit the Equivalence of a recognized undergraduate degree page for more information about: 

  • the list of qualifying courses offered by each university; 
  • the process for contesting the list of courses; 
  • eligibility for the Professional Education Program (PEP). 

Step 3 – Opening a temporary file with the Order

You must open a temporary file with the Order to have the list of courses issued by the university approved. 

Documents required to open a file

All documents should be sent in a PDF format in the same email at equivalence@cpaquebec.ca.

Additional documents

  • Resume (if you have worked in accounting in the past)
  • Proof of membership in a foreign professional accounting organization (if applicable)

* Documents in a language other than French or English must be translated by a certified translator. If necessary, the Order reserves the right to request the original documents.

Your application will be processed within 120 days from the time you send your complete file to the Order. 

Path leading to the CPA designation

Once you have completed your list of qualifing courses with the required grade point average, you will be allowed to register with the Order as a candidate and begin the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP).

If you wish to practice public accountancy (CPA auditor designation), make sure you know the requirements. 

Learn more about the steps of the path [+] 

Questions?

Contact the Qualification team or consult the list of CPA university representatives.

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