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Become a CPA

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CPA Professional Education Program

CPA PEP is a part-time, graduate-level program designed to meet the needs of professionals.


The CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) is a part-time, graduate-level program. CPA PEP is comprised of a series of six modules focused on preparing CPA candidates for a career in business and accounting, targeted toward mid-level to management-level positions. 

The path through the six PEP modules is flexible with various start dates, choice of breaks, and two scheduled Common Final Exams each year.  The 
CPA PEP Pathways outline multiple options through the program.


To complete the CPA PEP, you must complete six modules and the Common Final Examination (CFE).

  • Two core modules:

    • Core 1

      • focuses on financial accounting and reporting

    • Core 2

      • focuses on management accounting, planning, and control

  • Two elective modules:

    • Performance Management

    • Taxation

    • Audit & Assurance

    • Finance

  • Two capstone modules

    • Capstone Integrative Module (Capstone 1)

      • Deepens strategic leadership competencies by using the knowledge acquired in prerequisite and earlier modules in a professional, team setting. You will complete a large business case, which relates to Day 1 of the CFE.

    • Capstone Examination Preparation Module (Capstone 2) 

      • Focuses on preparing candidates for entry into the profession by applying competencies acquired throughout the CPA program in complex and highly integrative cases. You will develop your enabling competencies in situations which simulate real-life projects and assignments that newly certified CPAs may encounter in their careers.

  • Common Final Exam (CFE)- The Common Final Exam (CFE) is a three-day examination requiring candidates to demonstrate depth and breadth of competency development in accordance with the CPA Competency Map.


For more information on the CPA PEP, please discuss with your regional CPA student recruitment advisor.

PEP Course Calendar

PEP Fees

PEP Pathways

PEP Schedule Worksheet

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Modern: The CPA PEP prepares candidates for a career in business, not just accounting. The program focuses on developing competencies in a number of areas including management, communications and business ethics. 

Nationally developed: CPA PEP is nationally developed by CPA Canada and delivered locally by CPA Atlantic School of Business in Atlantic Canada and Bermuda. The program is designed to prepare candidates with the professional knowledge and skills for business and accounting, in compliance with lnternational Federation of Accountants Canada (IFAC) standards for professional accounting bodies. 

Hands-on: During their pre-accreditation path (and mainly concurrent with their studies) candidates have a requirement to gain paid practical experience, during which candidates demonstrate that they have gained the professional knowledge, skills, values, ethics and attitudes required for entry to the CPA profession. Candidates may track their practical experience before, during, and/or after their CPA PEP studies. 


Affordable: CPA PEP maintains one of the lowest tuition rates for a professional, post-graduate education program at less than half the price of a post-graduate degree from a Canadian university. 


Flexible: CPA Atlantic school offers multiple entry points per year into the CPA PEP. All paths allow candidates to work around their personal schedules and towards their career goals while working towards the Common Final Examination (CFE). The program is part-time to allow candidates the opportunity to work full-time throughout their studies and study where they want, when they want. 


Accessible: CPA PEP uses a combination of eLearning with face-to-face workshop instruction and examinations.* Workshops and exams are available throughout the Atlantic provinces and Bermuda, and CPA PEP instruction and courses are offered in both official languages.

*Since the onset of COVID-19, workshops and PEP exams have transitioned to online modality.

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