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CPA Designation

The Chartered Professional Accountant designation is the most highly prized and universally recognized accounting designation. It was introduced in Canada in 2013, following the merger of the three professional accounting bodies—CA, CMA and CGA.

With Smith’s Graduate Diploma in Accounting, you will qualify to write the CPA Professional Exams (CFE) in only 15 months—a much shorter timeframe than certifying through CPA’s Professional Education Program which can take up to 27 months.

Fast-Track to Your CPA

CPA Professional Education Program

Smith GDA Timeline

15 Months
Undergraduate Accounting Degree
Core 1 & 2
Elective 1 & 2

Students take the following courses satisfying Cores 1 and 2, and the Assurance and Tax Elective Modules of the CPA PEP.

  1. Accounting Theory
  2. Income Tax Practice: Corporate and Individual
  3. Information Systems Control, Management and Audit
  4. Audit Effectiveness: An Evidential Approach
  5. Integration and Analysis
1 & 2
CPA Designation

CPA Typical Timeline

Up to 27 Months
Undergraduate Accounting Degree
Core 1 & 2

Common Modules

Six integrated core competency areas:

  1. Financial Reporting
  2. Strategy and Governance
  3. Management Accounting
  4. Audit and Assurance
  5. Finance
  6. Taxation
Elective 1 & 2

Elective Modules

Candidates choose any two modules:

  • Assurance
  • Performance Management
  • Tax
  • Finance

Public Accounting Candidates must choose:

  • Assurance
  • Taxation
1 & 2
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Chartered Professional Accountants

The CPA Competency Map lays the foundation for the CPA certification program, including education, accreditation, examinations, and practical experience requirements, and describes the knowledge, skills and proficiency levels you must achieve to become a Canadian CPA.

Competency map

Please refer to the CPA Canada website for the most up-to-date version of the Competency Map.

Chartered Professional Accountants logo

The CPA is the most highly prized and recognized
accounting designation in Canada.

“Smith’s GDA program ensured I was well equipped to pass the CPA exam. It eliminated the need to study on top of entering the workforce. This gave me an advantage to be a successful CPA candidate and a strong performer at work.”

Jessica Sermer, GDA
Manager, Financial Reporting, Hullmark