The different CPA designations
Only Order members are allowed to use the chartered professional accountant (CPA) designation and practise the profession.
To obtain the designation and maintain it throughout their careers, CPAs must meet a set of requirements, from satisfying the initial education requirements to providing proof of maintenance of their competencies.
CPA, CA or CPA, CGA or CPA, CMA
Any accounting professional who was a member of one of the three legacy orders (CA, CGA or CMA) when the profession unified in May 2012 must use the CPA designation followed by their legacy designation.
The requirement to use the dual designation is in effect until May 2022.
CPAs who hold a public accountancy permit use the CPA auditor designation. In some cases, this designation may be followed by an indication that the member’s area of practice is limited to review engagements or certain audit engagements specifically provided for by Law.
The title of Fellow (FCPA) recognizes the achievements of chartered professional accountants who have distinguished themselves through their professionalism or demonstrated a remarkable commitment to the profession or their community.
Members who hold the dual designation present themselves as FCPA or FCPA, FCA or FCPA, FCGA or FCPA, FCMA.
The CPA, CA•IFA and CPA, CA•IT designations are recognized across Canada. CPAs who hold these designations have undergone a rigorous and objective recognition process that attests to their skills and experience in one of the following fields:
- CPA, CA•IFA: Investigative and forensic accounting
- CPA, CA•IT: Information technology