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Student Registration 

Completing An Application For Registration As A Student

Please note that CPA Ontario must receive the following for registration as a Student:

  • a correctly completed application form,
  • the appropriate fee remittance, and
  • all required supporting documentation.

 

An improperly completed application, an incorrect fee remittance or insufficient supporting documentation will delay confirmation of registration. CPA Ontario reserves the right to cancel any application for which all required documentation has not been received.

Requirements For Registration

Educational Requirements 

 

The basic educational requirement for registration as a Student is a 4-year, 120-credit-hour university degree. Exemptions include those enrolled full-time in CPA Ontario-approved university professional school of accounting or co-operative degree programs and those pursuing part-time degree studies. Members of accounting bodies outside Canada and those meeting the requirements for mature student status are also exempt from the university degree requirement.

Educational Documentation

 

Students register the appropriate classification from this list:

  • University graduate
  • Professional school of accounting program
  • Co-operative program
  • Part-time degree program
  • Mature status
  • Certified General Accountant
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Transfer from a provincial institute or Bermuda Institute student registering only for the purpose of attending the CPA Ontario Professional Program
  • Member of an accounting body outside Canada

Further Documentation Details

Proof of Employment in an Approved Training Office

 

Paid employment on a full-time or part-time basis in an approved training office is a prerequisite for registration. Credit towards the CPA Ontario's prescribed practical experience requirement commences only from the date of registration with CPA Ontario. The registration date will be the date paid employment commenced with an Approved Training Office provided the application for registration is received within three months of the first date of paid employment. Unpaid employment will not be recognized for credit towards the student's practical experience requirement. 

Computer Requirement

 

Regulation 6-1 – section 2.4 states that an applicant who seeks to be registered as a student must have access to a computer that meets the minimum configuration requirements as set out by CPA Ontario from time to time.

The current computer requirement is as follows:

  • Access to a computer that is capable of running Folioviews 4.5 software to allow access to the CICA Handbook and the Member’s handbook that is available online to all Students.


                      -  Personal computer with a 486 or higher processor 
                          (Pentium recommended) 
                      -  Windows 98/2000/XP
                      -  16 MB of memory
                      -  28 MB for installation of Folio on the Hard Drive
                      -  28 MB for installation of the infobase on the hardrive 
                          double if it is an update
                      -  VGA or higher-resolution video adapter 
                         (SVGA 256-color recommended)

 

Registration Fee

 

The fee payable upon registration as a Student is set out on the Fee Schedule. The fee consists of a registration fee covering the costs of processing the application and a pro-rata annual maintenance of registration fee for the calendar year ending December 31st. The registration fee is non-refundable unless written notification of withdrawal is received at CPA Ontario prior to the registration date. The pro-rata annual registration fee, less a cancellation fee, will be refunded if CPA Ontario is notified in writing of discontinuation in the program or if continued registration is not possible under the provisions of Regulation 6-1.

Proof of Legal Name Documentation

 

All applicants are required to provide satisfactory evidence of legal name and age (i.e. a copy of their birth certificate, passport, both sides of a Canadian citizenship certificate card, landed immigrant papers, or baptismal certificate).

If the name under which a student is registering is different from that which appears on the student's educational documents or on the document submitted as proof of legal name, a copy of the document supporting the change of legal name, endorsed with "This is a certified true copy" signed and dated is required.

Timelines

 

An application for registration will be acknowledged within 1-2 weeks of receipt by CPA Ontario. The average period of time a student or a mature student takes to complete the program for admission to membership is about 3.2 years from the date of registration.   

The average period of time a student of an approved professional school of accounting or co-operative degree program registered with CPA Ontario takes to complete the program for admission to membership is 4.7 years. 

Members of recognized US state board of accountancy who submit an application to CPA Ontario under Regulation 6-2 are called Applicants. The timeline to qualify for admission to membership in CPA Ontario will be largely determined by the number of attempts taken to successfully complete the CARE Part I and upon how much of the three year practical experience requirement the Applicant still needs to fulfill. On average, it takes approximately nine (9) months, from the time a complete application is received by CPA Ontario, for an Applicant from a Recognized US State Board of Accountancy to complete the process for admission to membership.

Members of reciprocal membership bodies who submit an application to CPA Ontario under Regulation 6-2 are called Applicants. On average, it takes approximately two (2) to three (3) months, from the time a complete application is received by CPA Ontario, for an Applicant from a Reciprocal Membership Body to complete the process for admission to membership.

Members of recognized accounting bodies who submit an application to CPA Ontario under Regulation 6-2 are called Applicants. The timeline to qualify for admission to membership in CPA Ontario will be largely determined by the number of attempts taken to successfully complete the CARE Part I and upon how much of the three year practical experience requirement the Applicant still needs to fulfill. On average, it takes approximately nine (9) months, from the time a complete application is received by CPA Ontario, for an Applicant from a Recognized Accounting Body to complete the process for admission to membership.

Members of accounting bodies outside Canada take an average of 2.4 years from the time a complete application is received by CPA Ontario, for an applicant registered under this category to complete the process leading to the CPA designation. This time frame is largely dependent upon how much of the practical experience requirement the candidate still needs to fulfill.

Members of specified accounting bodies outside Canada timeline to to qualify for admission to membership in CPA Ontario will be largely determined by whether they apply for and are granted exemption from some or all of the three year prescribed practical experience requirement. If they intend to apply for a public accounting licence, their timeline may be longer as they will need to successfully complete the Core-Knowledge Examination and School of Accountancy as outlined earlier.

Assessment of Qualifications

 

Registered Students, if eligible, may apply for exemptions. Exemption requirements will only be considered after the Student registration has been approved by the Registrar. Students applying for additional exemptions will have an administrative assessment conducted by the Registrar or the Registrar’s designate(s) after receipt of all requested documentation. The assessment will address the issue of whether the experience and competency requirements of CPA Ontario necessary to be granted additional exemptions from the student requirements have been met. It is anticipated that this assessment will be completed within eight to ten weeks. A letter advising the Student of the decision will be prepared upon completion of the assessment. 

Decisions relating to exemptions from the Canadian business law course, the prescribed practical experience requirement, the CKE and/or the SOA are eligible for a review. Reviews of these decisions may take place upon request and if additional or new information is provided.

Non-Canadian Transcript Assessment

 

In order to determine eligibility to register as a student with CPA Ontario, transcripts from non-Canadian universities must be assessed to determine if the 4 year or equivalent degree requirement has been met.  Also courses must be assessed to determine which courses will be recognized for credit towards the 51 credit hours.  This preliminary assessment costs $480 plus HST and takes an average of three months.  A portion of the assessment cost $380 is credited towards the student registration fees if the student registers within three years of the preliminary assessment. 

Decisions relating to course assessments and credits towards the 51 credit hours are eligible for a review. Reviews of these decisions may take place upon request and if additional or new information is provided.

Non-Ontario Transcript Assessment

 

Courses taken at universities outside of Ontario must be assessed to determine if the 4 year or equivalent degree requirement has been met.  Also courses must be assessed to determine which courses will be recognized for credit towards the 51 credit hours.  A preliminary assessment costs $100 plus HST and takes an average of 6-7 weeks.  If the student is registering with CPA Ontario, the assessment is included as part of the registration. 

Decisions relating to course assessments and credits towards the 51 credit hours are eligible for a review. Reviews of these decisions may take place upon request and if additional or new information is provided.

Ontario Transcript Assessment with a mix of Ontario universities and/or college transfer credits

 

Transcripts with course mixes from different Ontario universities have to be assessed for overlapping or missing course content.  A preliminary assessment costs $50 plus HST and takes an average of 20-21 weeks.  If the student is registering with CPA Ontario, the assessment is included as part of the registration.

Decisions relating to course assessments and credits towards the 51 credit hours are eligible for a review. Reviews of these decisions may take place upon request and if additional or new information is provided.

Ontario Transcript Assessment

 

Transcripts from an assessed Ontario university takes an average of 4-6 weeks to assess.

A preliminary assessment costs $50 plus HST.  If the student is registered with CPA Ontario, the assessment is included as part of the registration.

Decisions relating to course assessments and credits towards the 51 credit hours are eligible for a review. Reviews of these decisions may take place upon request and if additional or new information is provided.

Admission to Membership

 

Students who are within a month of their estimated completion date and have completed all other education requirements and examination requirements will be sent a request to file a final experience certification report.   After any additional leaves of absence are taken into consideration and the estimated completion date is confirmed, the Student will be sent a personalized application for admission to membership form. The fee for admission to membership is $565 ($500 plus $65 HST). This is separate from the Annual Membership fees. 

Upon CPA Ontario’s receipt of the application for admission to membership students who are not ready for admission to membership will be sent notification of their revised estimated completion date.   Students who are ready for membership are sent to the next membership review for consideration.  This will take an average of 1 – 2 months depending upon when the application for admission to membership was received.  Following the membership review, new members are advised of their admission to membership by e-mail within 2-4 days of the meeting. The membership certificate including a congratulatory letter confirming their admission to membership will be mailed to the new member within 3 – 4 weeks following admission to membership. The Annual Membership fee will be sent out 2 weeks after admission to membership.

An Applicant from a recognized US state board of accountancy or recognized accounting body or reciprocal membership body who has been approved by CPA Ontario and has completed all experience and, if required, examination requirements will be sent a personalized Admission to Membership form.  The fee for admission to membership is $565 ($500 plus $65 HST).  Note the admission to membership fee is separate from the Annual Membership fee.  After the applicant is approved and admitted to membership in CPA Ontario the new member will be separately billed the annual membership fee. This is usually sent out 2 weeks after admission to membership.

Member’s handbook

 

A copy of the bylaws, rules and regulations is available online at http://www.cpaontario.ca/Resources/Membershandbook/1011page5011.aspx

All Applicants, Students and Members of a Recognized Accounting Body or Reciprocal State Board of Accountancy are encouraged to read:

Regulation 6-1: Student Registration

Regulation 6-2: Applicant Registration

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