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Member of Accounting Body Outside Canada - Specified - Become a CPA, CA
If you are a member in good standing of an accounting body outside Canada with which we have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and you hold a university degree recognized by that body, you are eligible to apply for registration and admission to membership in the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) under the terms of the MOU on Reciprocal Membership Arrangements negotiated by the respective accounting body and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA). Currently, we have a MOU with:
Eligibility for Registration as a Student:
In order to qualify for registration as a Student under the Member of an Accounting Body Outside Canada – Specified pathway to membership, you must:
How to Register
Please submit the following:
All documentation must be provided in English; the candidate is solely responsible to have documents officially translated if necessary.
Please take note that your application will not be considered complete until such time that all information and documentation, as noted above, has been received. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application is complete and accurate, and is received by the Registrar.
Admission to Membership:
Students who register with CPA Ontario under the Member of Accounting Body Outside Canada – Specified pathway, are, under the terms of the MOU, automatically exempt from the requirement to successfully complete the Staff Training Program, the 51 credit-hour requirement, the Core Knowledge (CKE) Examination and the School of Accountancy (SOA). You are encouraged, but not required, to attend the SOA to help prepare to write the Uniform Evaluation, the national examination.
You will be required to successfully complete the following:
Once these requirements are complete, you are eligible to apply for admission to membership as an Associate Member in CPA Ontario. Associate Members are awarded the Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant designations and are therefore entitled to use the initials CPA, CA in the manner prescribed in Regulation 4-7: Issuance and Use of Designations.
The Prescribed Practical Experience Requirement:
Students are required to complete three (3) years of prescribed practical experience in an Approved Training Office (ATO) during which time specific competencies must be met. By registering under the Member of Accounting Body Outside Canada – Specified pathway, you may apply for a full or partial exemption from the prescribed practical experience requirement by submitting a Practical Experience Certificate for Internationally Trained Candidates for each of your former employers and your current employer. Appropriate third-party verification is required.
The determination to be made is whether you have acquired, as a result of your professional qualification(s) and previously acquired experience in accounting, the depth and breadth of competency development required at the time of admission to membership as established by the CA Practical Experience Requirements (PER).
Public Accounting Licensing Eligibility:
Please note that the MOU governs admission to the profession. The MOU does not provide for eligibility to qualify for a public accounting licence in Ontario, for which specific requirements have been established under the Public Accounting Act, 2004 and the Bylaws and Regulations including Regulation 9-1: Public Accounting Licensing.
Individuals who become Members of CPA Ontario on the basis of completing the Member of Accounting Body Outside Canada – Specified membership pathway must successfully complete the following in order to qualify for licensure in Ontario:
Refer to Public Accounting Licensing for more detailed information on obtaining a public accounting licence in the province of Ontario.
The timeline for you to qualify for admission to membership in CPA Ontario will be largely determined by whether you apply for and are granted exemption from some or all of the three year prescribed practical experience requirement. If you intend to apply for a public accounting licence, your timeline may be longer as you will need to successfully complete the Core-Knowledge Examination and School of Accountancy as outlined above.
If an exemption is being requested from the practical experience requirements: upon receipt of a completed application for registration, an individual will be informed within eight to twelve weeks of the Registrar's decision on registration.
Individuals applying to register as Students are required to remit a total fee of:
The fee amount includes HST and must be remitted by credit card or by cheque made payable to Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. The total fee consists of the following:
Applications Received between January 1 and June 30
Applications Received between July 1 and December 31
*The Registration Fee plus applicable taxes is non-refundable.
A complete listing of dues, including examination fees, can be found in the Schedule of Dues in Regulation 4-2: Dues.
An Applicant/Student may be responsible for additional costs imposed by external parties. These costs are not levied by CPA Ontario and are beyond CPA Ontario’s control. Therefore, CPA Ontario is unable to advise Applicants/Students of the total gross or net costs (after taking into account reimbursements or other subsidies made available by external parties) of the registration and qualification to membership processes. All costs levied by CPA Ontario have been approved by Council and are found in Regulation 4-2, Dues.
A decision of the Registrar not to register or reregister an individual as a Student or to deregister a Student may be appealed by the individual or Student to the Membership Committee. The parties to an appeal are the individual appealing and the Registrar. The appeal shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules of Practice and Procedure. The decision of the Membership Committee is final.
Decisions relating to exemption from the prescribed practical experience requirement are eligible for a review. Reviews of these decisions may take place upon request and if additional or new information is provided.
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