Important dates and registration
|Year||Exam dates||Registration period||Deadline for cancellation with refund||Release of the results|
|2020||May 27, 28 and 29, 2020
|September 9, 10 and 11, 2020
||June 8 to July 13, 2020||August 7, 2020||November 27, 2020|
|2021||May 26, 27 and 28, 2021||TBA||TBA||August 13, 2021|
|September 13, 14 and 15, 2021||TBA||TBA||December 3, 2021|
Recent news about the exams - COVID-19
Following a comprehensive planning process, the profession is now able to announce the delivery approach for the September 2020 Common Final Examination (CFE). This plan to deliver the September 2020 CFE in-person recognizes physical distancing guidelines and addresses public health concerns.
Candidates will write the September 2020 CFE in-person at multiple hotels across the country in the usual cities where examination centres were held in the past. Each candidate will be assigned their own hotel room for the duration of the examination. Within each room, candidates will have access to their own washroom and writing desk. Candidates will be provided with CPA-issued laptops that will have Word, Excel, and Folio Views installed (Surpass will not be used on this CFE).
During the examination, hotel room doors will remain open and the writing desks will be visible from the hallway. Candidates and their invigilator, as required, will be the only persons permitted to access the rooms.
Refer to the FAQ for more information on the delivery of the September 2020 CFE.
The CPA profession is continuing its efforts to develop a comprehensive plan to deliver the September 2020 Common Final Examination (CFE). Our commitment to protecting the safety of our students, employees, and volunteers, while not compromising on the high-quality and integrity of the CFE, continues to guide our decisions.
As we work on the delivery approach for the September 2020 CFE, the profession is engaging in consultations with public health authorities across the country. All exam delivery options being considered and evaluated are in-person, comply with physical distancing guidelines, and address public health concerns.
The profession recognizes that you are anxious to receive firm details on the selected delivery approach. We will share this information broadly once specifics are finalized. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this tremendously complex and constantly evolving situation.
We will provide you with another update on the September CFE by the end of June.
Stay well and keep safe.
Upholding the integrity of the CFE while protecting the safety of our candidates and employees remain our top priorities. In fairness to our candidates, we will not compromise on the established standards and high-quality of the CFE. The profession has implemented several measures, including the creation of a special COVID-19 Examination Advisory Task Force to consider possible scenarios and explore appropriate and feasible CFE writing alternatives. In addition, recommendations from public health authorities are being closely monitored to ensure the latest physical distancing guidelines are followed.
The profession continues to adapt our education program in this evolving environment with the implementation of many online formats. These changes include shifting to online module workshops, remote assessments, and video recordings for Capstone 1 presentations. These shifts have enabled students to continue their CPA journey with the least amount of disruption possible.
In this ever-evolving environment, the profession is committed to communicating regularly about the impact of COVID-19 on the certification program. Another update about the September CFE will be posted by the end of May.
|Modules||Revised format||Exam length*||Results release date|
|Core modules||Two case-based questions||2.5 hours (1 hour/case)||July 21|
|Electives modules||Two case-based questions||4 hours (between 80 and 120 minutes/case)||July 14|
We would like to reiterate that the changes to the assessment format are in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. While the formats are different, there are no changes to the testable content as outlined in the CPA Competency Map. Once the restrictions end, the profession will revert to the normal formats for all Core and Elective assessments.
We encourage candidates to continue to review the regularly-updated FAQs document on the CPA Canada website for valuable information that addresses their concerns related to the profession’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As previously communicated, these national assessments will no longer take place in-person at exam writing centres but will be delivered remotely. Candidates will write their assessments at home using their own computers on the evaluation dates and times specified below. The assessments will be administered through the D2L DropBox. To prepare to write your assessment, ensure that you have:
- reliable Internet access
- word processor (i.e. “.docx” format) and spreadsheet (i.e. “.xlsx” format) applications installed on your computer
- the hardware, operating, software, and other computer requirements specified in the Learning management system section of the CPA Canada Professional Education Program Candidate Guide
|Friday, June 26||Core 2||2 hours|
|Monday, June 29||Taxation||3.5 hours|
|Tuesday, June 30||Performance Management|
|Thursday, July 2||Assurance|
|Friday, July 3||Finance||2 hours|
On June 11, 2020, you will receive information on the assessment format that will be used for your particular module.
We are committed to keeping you informed of updates as we all adapt to this unprecedented situation. Please continue to review the regularly-updated FAQs document on the CPA Canada website for valuable information that addresses student concerns related to the profession’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including meeting practical experience requirements, conditional admission for courses, updates to the cases available for Capstone 1 and Day 1 of the CFE, and much more.
At this time the profession is expecting to deliver the CFE in September as planned. However, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily and if a change is required, a decision will be made no later than late June.
The CPA Canada website has been updated with valuable information that addresses student concerns related to meeting practical experience requirements, conditional admission for modules, updates to the cases available for Capstone 1 and Day 1 of the CFE, and much more. Please continue to review these regularly-updated FAQs on the website for current CPA certification program information and developments related to the profession’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We know that this is an unprecedented time and we are working hard to ensure minimal disruption as candidates pursue their CPA designation.
To register, log into your file during the registration period indicated in the table above and fill out the registration form in the Your final examination section.
A writing centre may be open in each of the following cities :
- Quebec City
The address of the centre in the selected city will be communicated to you when your registration for the Common Final Examination (CFE) is confirmed. Under agreements with other provinces, you may write the CFE in a writing centre located outside Quebec. In this case, you must make a request when registering.
1 Please note that the Order reserves the right not to open a writing centre due to insufficient registrations. In the opposite situation, if an examination center has reached its maximum capacity, the Order reserves the right to change the examination center chosen by the candidate for the closest center to the university campus where the program was completed or the closest center to the candidate's civic address.
The CFE is compulsory for all candidates and is held simultaneously in all Canadian provinces. Before being authorized to write the CFE, you must have successfully completed the national program delivered by the Order or the university graduate program. However, it is not necessary to have begun a period of practical experience. Note that you must complete your CPA path within 7 years of your registration at the Order.
Important: Day 1 of the CFE will be linked to the Capstone 1 case. If you do not sit for one of the first two CFEs held after the end of your university graduate program or national program, you must choose one of the two most recent Capstone 1 cases. You will be responsible for familiarizing youself with the selected Capstone 1 case.
Consult the fee schedule to find out the registration fees. Since passing Day 1 is not linked to passing Day 2 and 3, the retest fees are adjusted accordingly.
Cancellation and refund policy
Do you want to cancel your registration or get a refund of some of the fees you paid? See the cancellation and refund policy.
Through the regions, CPA Canada provides reasonable one-time and ongoing accommodations to individuals who have documented disabilities (physical, mental or learning impairments) for all the national examinations administered by the Order (including the Common Final Examination and the module examinations of the national program).
Visit the CPA Canada website to obtain clarification on the decisions and application submission process.
Consult the fee schedule to find out the special accommodation request fee.
- Providing a quiet room with minimal distractions.
- Permitting timed rest breaks during the exam.
- Providing enlarged font on the exam question and answer papers.
- Allowing a medical device in the examination room, such as an inhaler or diabetic equipment (if not attached to the student’s body).
- Possibility of having a reader, scribe/typist or sign language interpreter (if granted, assistance of this nature will be provided by the Order and not by the candidate).
Contact the Qualification team.