COVID-19

Although the Order’s offices are closed until further notice, our teams are working hard to keep providing our services remotely.
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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
Exam cancelled  
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  TBA
 September 13, 14 and 15, 2021  TBA  TBA  TBA

Recent news about the exams - COVID-19

JUNE 29, 2020 – September 2020 CFE delivery

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. 

MAY 29, 2020 – September 2020 Common Final Examination Update

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.

MAY 12, 2020 – News about the September CFE
We greatly appreciate your continued trust and patience as the CPA profession works to adapt during this time. As we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19, we understand that there are questions related to the September 2020 Common Final Examination (CFE). Preparing for this important examination takes a tremendous amount of effort, persistence and time. The profession is working together to explore options that will allow us to deliver the CFE in September. 

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.
APRIL 30, 2020 – June and July 2020 module exams – Revised CPA assessment format
As we move closer to the June/July examination dates for CPA PEP, we know that candidates have questions about the revised assessment format that will be implemented for the examinations scheduled between June 26 to July 3, 2020. As a follow-up to the email they received on April 17, 2020, the profession is providing additional information on the assessment format for the Core and Elective modules and the release date for the module results.

 

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
* There will be a 30-minute transition period between cases.
 
On Thursday, June 4, 2020, candidates will receive additional information regarding their examination(s), including instructions, updated exam regulations, and other pertinent information. 

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.  
APRIL 17, 2020 – June 2020 CPA PEP assessment calendar
The profession remains committed to keeping you on track in your journey to becoming a CPA. In light of the physical-distancing restrictions in place in some provinces until June 30th, the profession is announcing some changes to the June 2020 CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) assessments, including assessment delivery, the schedule, requirements, and the timing of future communications. 

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
Previously, the dates scheduled for the assessments were June 29-30, 2020; however, to minimize conflicts for candidates writing multiple assessments during this evaluation period, the assessments will be written over five (5) business days. Each assessment will commence at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
  
Exam dates Modules Duration
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
 Core 1

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.  

APRIL 3, 2020 – June CPA module exams maintained
We realize that many of you have concerns about your studies and upcoming exams as we navigate through these uncertain times.  We want to assure you that the upcoming CPA PEP assessments scheduled for June will not be cancelled. We do, however, need to make some adjustments based on the extended timeline of the physical-distancing restrictions. The assessments will no longer take place in-person at exam writing centres. Instead we will administer remote assessment alternatives. Closer to the June assessment dates you will be informed of the format that will be used for your particular module.

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.
MARCH 16, 2020 – PEP and CFE: Cancellation of upcoming May examinations and modules
Faced with the growing concerns and uncertainties over COVID-19, and our commitment to provide a safe environment for our students, candidates, staff, and volunteers, the CPA profession has cancelled all April CPA PEP examinations and the May 2020 Common Final Examination (CFE). The Capstone 2 module, which precedes the May 2020 CFE, scheduled to start on April 4, 2020, is also cancelled. 
 
Students who were enrolled in the May 2020 CFE scheduled for May 27, 28 and 29, 2020 will be automatically enrolled in the next offering taking place on September 9, 10 and 11, 2020. In light of this situation, the cases included in Day 1 of the September CFE are Marmani and Distinct Hotels.
 
If students have a program completion timeline expiring during this time, they can request a timeline extension due to extenuating circumstances.  Information on how to make a timeline extension request is available on the Fee schedule and administrative procedures page.
 
The profession is dedicated to supporting students in their pursuit towards the CPA designation with the least amount of disruption as reasonably possible.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and appreciate your understanding during this challenging time. 
 
We are committed to keeping you informed of upcoming changes and will provide you with additional information once the details are available. 

Registration

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.

REGISTER TO THE CFE

Writing centres1

A writing centre may be open in each of the following cities :

  • Chicoutimi
  • Gatineau
  • Montreal
  • Quebec City
  • Rimouski
  • Rouyn-Noranda
  • Sherbrooke
  • Trois-Rivières

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.

Eligibility

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.

Registration fees

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.

Special accommodations

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.

Examples of special accommodations
  • 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).

Questions?

Contact the Qualification team.

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