COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our services will be provided remotely until further notice. 
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Important dates and registration

Year Exam dates Registration period Deadline for cancellation with refund Release of the results
 2021  May 26, 27 and 28, 2021  TBA  TBA August 13, 2021
 September 13, 14 and 15, 2021  TBA  TBA  December 3, 2021
 2022  May 25, 26 and 27, 2022  TBA  TBA TBA
 September 12, 13 and 14, 2022  TBA  TBA  TBA

Recent news about the CFE - 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.

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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