Understanding the Canadian CPA Certification Process: A Step-by-Step Guide for Indian Aspirants

Canadian CPA certification


Pursuing the Canadian CPA certification offers Indian accounting professionals vast opportunities to excel in their careers and establish themselves in the global marketplace. With the aim of bridging the gap between Indian Chartered Accountants (CAs) and the Canadian CPA designation, Orbit Institutes, a leading training center in India, has partnered with PASS (Professional Accounting Supplementary School) to provide comprehensive Canadian CPA courses. In this detailed blog post, we will provide a step-by-step guide to help Indian aspirants navigate the Canadian CPA certification process, ensuring a clear understanding of the requirements and necessary steps to achieve this esteemed designation.

  1. Overview of the Canadian CPA Certification:

The Canadian CPA designation is renowned worldwide for its high professional standards and comprehensive curriculum. It signifies expertise in various accounting disciplines such as financial accounting, management accounting, taxation, and auditing. Canadian CPAs possess advanced skills that are highly valued by employers in Canada and internationally. Attaining the Canadian CPA designation opens doors to lucrative career opportunities and enhances professional credibility.

  1. Eligibility and Educational Equivalency Assessment:

To pursue the Canadian CPA certification, Indian aspirants must meet certain eligibility criteria and undergo an educational equivalency assessment. CPA Canada has finalized the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Reciprocal Membership Arrangement with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Under this arrangement, fully qualified ICAI members in good standing have the opportunity to obtain advanced standing in the Canadian CPA certification program through the MOU. It is important to note that the MOU pathways generally lead to certification only, and the right to practice public accounting in Canada may require additional examination and/or experience requirements.

  1. Education and Examination:

The CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) is the core component of the Canadian CPA certification process. However, under the MOU between ICAI and CPA Canada, ICAI members seeking the Canadian CPA designation are exempted from all CPA PEP modules. Instead, they only need to write a streamlined three-day Common Final Examination (CFE) to obtain the Canadian CPA degree. While this exemption provides flexibility, candidates are strongly encouraged to complete Capstone 1 and Capstone 2, as these modules provide valuable insights and prepare them for the Common Final Examination CFE.

  1. Experience:

The Practical Experience Requirement (PER) is an essential component of obtaining the Canadian CPA designation. Assessment of experience for certification is determined by post-qualification experience as an ICAI member. Members with more than five years of post-qualification experience and no recognized university degree are exempt from assessment. Similarly, members with more than two years of post-qualification experience and a recognized degree are also exempt from assessment. Applicants with less than the specified post-qualification experience will undergo a review of their practical experience obtained both pre- and post-qualification. It is important to note that all relevant experience must have been gained as a member or student of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

  1. Benefits of the PASS-Orbit Program:

The collaboration between PASS and Orbit Institutes aims to facilitate Indian aspirants in their journey toward the Canadian CPA designation. The PASS-Orbit program provides a comprehensive and tailored curriculum that aligns with the requirements of the Canadian CPA certification process. The program offers online lectures, allowing students to access recorded sessions for flexible studying. Additionally, students receive physical study materials to support their learning. The PASS-Orbit program provides Indian students with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in the Canadian CPA certification process.


Pursuing the Canadian CPA certification is a significant milestone for Indian accounting professionals seeking global recognition and career growth. The step-by-step guide provided in this blog post, along with the assistance and resources available through the PASS-Orbit program, will help Indian aspirants navigate the certification process with confidence. By capitalizing on the partnership between PASS and Orbit Institutes, Indian accountants can acquire the required expertise and position themselves for success in the Canadian accounting landscape. Embracing the opportunities presented by the Canadian CPA designation opens doors to a promising future and contributes to the professional growth of Indian accountants on an international level.

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