What is the CPA designation?

The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation is globally recognized and provides you with the accounting credentials needed to succeed in the business world. The CPA certification program consists of education, a period of meeting relevant experience requirements and the Common Final Examination. CPA Canada supports its members by researching emerging business issues and supports the setting of accounting, auditing and assurance standards for businesses, not-for-profit organizations and the government

Where do CPAs work?

CPAs play key roles within various segments of the economy including industry, public accounting, government, education and the not-for-profit sector. Professional accountants are highly attractive to employers and recruiters because of their solid training and expertise that contributes to improved efficiency and growth.


Working for a single for-profit organization to manage risk, strengthen organization’s overall financial position and help maintain sustainability. 

Public Practice

Working for a public accounting firm providing services such Audit, Tax, Management Consulting, Forensic Accounting and more. 


CPAs help not-for-profit bodies with effective strategy development, accounting stewardship and the delivery of high-quality transparent annual reports.


CPAs work at all levels of government providing accounting expertise to guide financial planning and to maintain fiscal control. Roles include tax auditors, policy planners and financial analysts.

How do I become a CPA?

There are four key components required to obtain your CPA. These include: Undergraduate education, CPA PEP Modules, Common Final Exam (CFE) and recognized relevant practice experience. Therefore, in addition to your 4 year degree, it can take up to 2 years to complete the CPA PEP program plus you are required to complete 30 months of recognized relevant practical experience.

Undergraduate Education

Rotman Commerce students interested in pursuing their CPA designation must specialize in accounting. Within the specialist, there are core and non-core courses. Students are required to meet a minimum of 60% in each core course and an overall 65% across all core courses. Please note that these are minimum marks that students must meet. 


The CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) is a graduate level program designed for CPA candidates. This program enhances the professional abilities of CPA candidates through applying knowledge, values, and attitudes in professional settings.

Graduate Diploma in Accounting

12-week summer program that can be completed after finishing an undergraduate degree. Rotman has its own GDipPA program, that allows students to accelerate straight to the Capstone 1 module of the CPA PEP.

Master of Management & Professional Accounting (MMPA)

MMPA prepared students for all four CPA elective modules, allowing them to jump directly to the Capstone 2 module of CPA PEP before completing the CFE. Overall, MMPA allows students to accelerate their journey to becoming a CPA while giving them relevant professional experience.