CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANT BRITISH COLUMBIA (CPA-BC)

Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) is a designation given by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) to individuals that pass the Uniform CPA Examination and meet the education and experience requirements. The CPA designation helps enforce professional standards in the accounting industry. CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) is the highest accounting credential in Canada. CPA ensures global recognition for accounting & finance professionals.

CPAs are admitted to the profession through their Provincial Institutes. These bodies are responsible for establishing and administering the qualification process, admission criteria, and performance standards within their jurisdictions. The CPA Canada’s role – in concert with all provinces, and territories – is to develop and maintain consistent, uniform standards for the profession's qualification process. These standards ensure the portability of the CPA designation across Canada and internationally through various mutual recognition agreements.

CPA BRITISH COLUMBIA CPD REQUIREMENT OVERVIEW

CPD Requirements
120 hours over a three-year rolling cycle (current year and prior two years), of which 60 hours must be verifiable. Each member must complete a minimum of 20 hours of CPD annually of which 10 hours must be verifiable.
License Renewal Period
The annual license renewal date is September 1.
CPD Reporting Cycle
CPD reporting is based on the calendar year. CPD reporting for CPA British Columbia is from January 1 to December 31 each year.
Ethics Requirement
4 verifiable hours in the area of professional ethics

All members are required to make a CPD Declaration annually, regardless of any previously declared exemptions or change of employment status. Each member must complete 120 hours over a three-year rolling cycle (current year and prior two years), of which 60 hours must be verifiable. Each member must complete a minimum of 20 hours of CPD annually of which 10 hours must be verifiable. Many of our programs in Live and Self-Study are eligible for continuing education for CPA British Columbia.

Here is a link to Canadian CPA packages which will provide you with professional development in various fields like financial reporting, Domestic & International taxation, Fraud & Risk Management, Information Technology, Leadership skills and development, and business in one go.

Each member is required to complete 4 verifiable hours in the area of professional ethics. Various examples of Professional Ethics topics are given on the CPA British Columbia website which may include but are not limited to: 

  • CPABC regulatory updates covering the CPABC Act, Bylaws, Bylaw Regulations, and Code of Professional Conduct
  • Regulatory updates that are relevant and appropriate to the member’s role or industry
  • Professional conduct
  • Corporate codes of conduct
  • Independence/conflict of interest
  • Ethical decision making, approaches, thinking, and case studies
  • Ethical business culture
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Honesty in business practice
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Doing the right thing
  • Reputation and risk
  • Whistle-blowing
  • Anti-money-laundering

CPA British Columbia needs to renew their license by September 1 annually.

CPD reporting is based on the calendar year. CPD reporting for CPA British Columbia is from January 1 to December 31 each year.

Here is a link to the website to access FAQs on CPD Requirement and Regulations for CPA British Columbia.

The CPD program does not mandate areas of study however, the members must meet the professional competence requirement that is a member shall sustain professional competence by keeping informed of, and complying with, developments in professional standards in all functions in which the member provides professional services or is relied upon because of the member’s calling.

General competencies in which the CPA should be up-to-date may include but are not limited to: 

Technical competencies:

  • Financial Reporting 
  • Management Accounting 
  • Strategy, Governance, and Risk Management
  • Business environment 
  • Taxation 
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Information technology
  • Business laws and regulations

Enabling Competencies:

  • Professional values, ethics, and attitudes 
  • Problem-Solving and Decision-Making 
  • Communication 
  • Self-Management 
  • Teamwork and leadership

Note: Practitioners seeking or renewing an Audit License are required to complete an annual self-assessment and declaration that they have undertaken sufficient relevant CPD in the mentioned subject areas.

If a member fails to deliver an annual compliance report or fails to comply with the applicable requirements of the Continuing Professional Development Program, the membership of the member is suspended until the member:

  1. Delivers an annual compliance report,
  2. Satisfies any applicable outstanding requirements of the Continuing Professional Development Program
  3. Pays any administrative fee prescribed by the board.

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Verifiable CPD

  • Verifiable CPD is a learning activity that results in evidence that learning took place and the learning can be verified objectively by someone else. Verifiable activities are much more than just a course, conferences, and seminars where you get a certificate or someone takes attendance which can validate you were there.

Unverifiable CPD

  • Unverifiable CPD are those learning activities that do not result in a product or for which no evidence of the learning exists.

myCPE provides a package for Canadian CPAs which will satisfy various professional development requirements for CPA professionals which include on-demand webinars on financial reporting, Domestic & International taxation, Fraud & Risk Management, Information Technology, Leadership skills, and development and business. This CPD package comes in a variety of CPD bundles such as 10 CPD, 20 CPD, and 40 CPD.

CPA British Columbia members must keep a 5-year record of their CPD activities as well as supporting documentation that provides third-party verification of the CPD learning activities. The Registrar can request to review your CPD log/record and supporting documentation at any time. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a copy of your CPD log and sufficient supporting documentation in order for your learning activities to qualify as verifiable learning.

Your CPD log must provide:

  • The date of the activity;
  • The type of activity;
  • The name of the activity; 
  • The name of the CPD provider;  
  • The number of verifiable or unverifiable hours spent engaged in new learning activities.

Every member must make a CPD declaration each year, not everyone must participate in CPD learning activities. The requirement to continue to take CPD activities, even when retired, is solely dependent upon what you are doing during your retirement years. Only those members who do not engage in public practice as defined in the CPABC Bylaws at any time in the calendar year are exempt from CPD requirements.

CPA British Columbia is required to pay fees as per the category of license.

Fees for CPA firm registration are $140 + member levy for each CPA partner in the firm

CPD providers are not required to be approved by any organization in order to offer CPD hours to Canadian CPAs as long as the activity offered by them allows CPAs to develop and maintain professional competency to enable them to perform their professional role, it will qualify for CPD. Therefore, the courses listed on myCPE Canada page are eligible for fulfilling Canadian CPAs CPD requirements.

CPA British Columbia does not pre-determine how much CPD is gained at an activity, nor does the organization pre-determine what qualifies as CPD for each individual CPA. CPA British Columbia follows the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) criteria for CPD and is working towards harmonizing exemption and qualifying activities for verifiable and non-verifiable CPD with provincial CPA organizations across Canada. For further guidance, we have provided details for “QUALIFIES FOR” on each page of the courses about Approval/Qualifications of CPD Credits for your reference. Webinars that qualify for Canadian CPA meets the standards for CPA BRITISH COLUMBIA (Chartered Professional Accountants British Columbia). Here is the link to the CPA British Columbia website.

myCPE APPROVALS

Approved By
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) 143597
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) GEHNZ
California Tax Education Council (CTEC) 6273
Certified Financial Planner Board (CFP) 8061
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) RP5359
Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) 714694
FP Canada CE17222
American Payroll Association (APA) 372961
Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) 010556
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) 158002756
New York State Board of Public Accountancy (NYSPA) 002976
Courses Eligible for CPE of Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Approved
Courses Eligible for CPE of Certified Valuation Analysts (CVA) Approved
Institute of Finance and Management (IOFM) Approved
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Approved
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) Approved

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