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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’s designation across Canada and internationally through various mutual recognition agreements.


CPD Requirements
120 hours in a triennial period and for each triennial period thereafter, 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
Renew your license by March 31st annually
CPD Reporting Cycle
CPD reporting is based on the calendar year. CPD reporting for CPA Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia.

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Each member is required to complete 4 verifiable hours in the area of business ethics. Business Ethics can cover a wide range of topics related to ethics and ethical decision-making.

Various examples of Professional Ethics topics are given on the CPA Nova Scotia website which may include but are not limited to: 

  • CPA Nova Scotia regulatory updates covering the Act, Bylaws, 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