Training equivalence

Recognition of prior learning for professionals who do not hold one of the undergraduate degrees recognized by the Order. 
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Universities recognized by the Order

Complete your prerequisite courses at one of the following recognized universities. The courses and tuition fees may vary from one institution to another.

Mandatory documents that must be submitted

Make sure that you attach all the documents required to review your application. 

Allow 60 days for your file to be processed.
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2 pieces of identification
You must submit two pieces of identification issued by competent authorities.
University degree(s)

You must submit all your university degrees.

Documents that are not written in French or English must be translated by a certified translator.

University transcript(s)

You must submit all your university transcripts.

Documents that are not written in French or English must be translated by a certified translator.

List of prerequisite courses
The list of qualifying (refresher) courses must be duly completed and signed by the competent person at the university.
MIFI or WES evaluation

Professionals trained outside Canada must first have their training assessed by the ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et l'Intégration (MIFI) or the World Education Services (WES). 

The Order can provide you with a letter that you can send to the MIFI in order to expedite the evaluation process. Ask for this letter at equivalence@cpaquebec.ca.

Improving your file

Send us documents that may be useful in recognizing your training.

Cover letter

Send us a letter of no more than 1,000 words that explains your interest in and motivation for becoming a CPA in Quebec.

Curriculum Vitae

Send us your résumé to tell us more about your accounting education and professional experience. 

Membership in an accounting body

If applicable, send us a proof of membership in an accounting body. 

Fees charged

Fees charged

A $57.49 fee will be charged to file your application.

$287.44 to $557.63 in additional fees may be charged depending on your file. 

Eligibility for the Professional Education Program

Eligibility for the Professional Education Program

Upon successful completion of your prerequisite courses, your cumulative grade point average will be used to determine your eligibility for the Professional Education Program (PEP), which leads to the CPA designation.

Note that the Order requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.8/4.3 for admission to the PEP, but universities may have additional requirements.

Key steps to becoming a CPA

Video on the prior learning and professional experience assessment process

Learn more about the steps required to obtain your training equivalence.

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