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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 designation across Canada and internationally through various mutual recognition agreements.


CPD Requirements

120 hours of continuing training directly related to the fields of activity in which he works per reference period of 3 years, including a minimum of 25 hours by each reference year.

CPAs (Not holding public accountancy permit): CPAs not holding a public accountancy permit can declare up to 15 hours of self-learning every year.

CPAs (Holding public accountancy permit): CPAs holding a public accountancy permit shall complete at least 15 hours of structured training in the area of public accountancy every year and 60 hours every 3-year period.

License Renewal PeriodRenew your license by September 30 annually
CPD Reporting CycleCPD reporting cycle is a yearly cycle from September 1 to August 31
Ethics Requirement
4 hours of structured training in the area of professional ethics

CPAs holding a public accountancy permit shall complete 15 hours of structured training in public accountancy including audit engagements, review engagements, and other activities relating to public accountancy per reference year and 60 hours in every 3-year reference period.

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), and 25 hours of CPD in every reference year.

CPAs (Not holding public accountancy permit): CPAs not holding a public accountancy permit can declare up to 15 hours of self-learning every year.

CPAs (Holding public accountancy permit): CPAs holding a public accountancy permit shall complete at least 15 hours of structured training in the area of public accountancy every year and 60 hours every 3-year period.

Many of our programs in Live and Self-Study are eligible for continuing education for CPA Quebec.

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 hours of structured training hours in the area of professional ethics. Various examples of Professional Ethics topics are given in CPA Quebec CPD Regulations which may include but are not limited to: 

  • Identification of ethical dilemmas
  • Ethical decision-making, especially in cases of conflict of interest, fraud, and corruption
  • Ethical leadership
  • Establishment of a corporate culture based on ethical values 
  • Alert launcher
  • Independence rule - 204 (Code of ethics)
  • Code of ethics of your organization
  • Code of ethics of the Ordre des CPA du Québec (on condition of being previously approved by the Order, with the exception of the rule of independence - 204) 
  • Harassment in the workplace 
  • Diversity and inclusion in the workplace 
  • Social responsibility of organizations and companies 

Ineligible subjects for structured training in the area of professional ethics may include but are not limited to:

  • Confidentiality or data protection
  • Courtesy
  • Operation of a professional order
  • The training focused on the specific characteristics of the organization in which you work
  • Preparation for a professional inspection
  • Professionalism or good citizenship
  • Role of the trustee

CPA Quebec needs to renew its license by September 30 annually.

CPD reporting for CPA Quebec is from September 1 to August 31 each year.

The content of a continuing education activity shall relate to the chartered professional accountant’s professional activities and may cover the following topics:

  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Strategic management
  • Risk management
  • Governance
  • Performance measurement and management
  • Financial information and management
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Leadership and group dynamics
  • Professionalism and ethical conduct
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing
  • Operations management
  • Statistics
  • Business law
  • Taxation
  • Public accountancy
  • Information technologies
  • Personal and corporate financial planning

Note: Members performing the role of an engagement practice leader responsible for audits of financial statements are required to complete an annual self-assessment and declaration that they have undertaken sufficient relevant CPD to develop and maintain professional competence as per IES 8.

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Many of the following myCPE Learning Activities are approved for CPD:

  1. Self-Study Courses (Videos)
  2. Live Webinars
  3. Virtual Events
  4. Articles
  5. Packages
  6. Short Videos
  7. E-Book
  8. Certificate Courses

In addition to the above activities the following mentioned activities may also contribute towards continuing education:

  • Language courses (Maximum 14 hours)
  • Participation in technical group discussion/committee (Maximum 25 hours)
  • Participation in office suite course (Maximum 14 hours)

Activities that would not qualify for CPD, but are not limited to, include:

  • Act as a coach or mentor 
  • Correction of exams
  • Social media training (e.g..: LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)
  • Any training whose final test was unsuccessful
  • Training related to information technology whose main subject is not directly related to the accounting profession

If a member fails to comply with the applicable requirements of the Continuing Professional Development Program the member shall be sent the first notice of defect accompanied by an invoice for $175.

The member gets 30 days grace period to complete their CPD requirements if the member does not comply with this obligation a final notice is sent and within 15 days of the final notice, the situation is not corrected by the member the permit is suspended or even canceled.

Failure to comply with the obligation to declare training hours may result in suspension, limitation of the right to exercise professional activities or even removal from the roll of the Order, or the suspension or revocation of the public accountancy permit for holders of this permit. 

A fee of $ 175 is generally imposed on members who fail to declare the minimum number of hours required by the regulations by September 30 of each year.

A newly admitted member to CPA Quebec is required to complete CPD hours in the proportion to the months remaining in the year if the permit is obtained for more than one month after the start of a reference year.

Structured training activities

  • A structured training activity has specific learning objectives and takes place according to an established training plan.

Self-learning activities

  • A self-learning activity is an activity through which one acquires knowledge on one's own. The hours declared are counted as hours linked to the exercise of the profession.

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 for different subject areas such as Taxation, Financial Reporting, Personal development, Tech-Focused, Excel, etc.

CPA Quebec members need to report their training hours each year before September 30th.

Members must keep a record of their CPD activities as well as supporting documentation that provides third-party verification of the CPD learning activities for 12 months after the end of the reference period. The board 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 structured learning.

Your CPD log must provide:

  • the name of the activity
  • the date on which it took place
  • its duration (excluding breaks) 
  • It's content (short description of the subject of the activity)
  • the name of the supplier
  • a certificate of your presence or of the result obtained during the final test (if applicable) 

Retired members who are entered on the Roll of the Order and who do not practice the profession for the entire duration of a given reference period are exempted from having to take part in continuing education activities provided for in the program adopted by the Order for a given reference period. Please review the CPD Requirements Policy for more information on full CPD and exempt CPD status.

CPA Quebec is required to pay full fees ($ 945) if:

  • you reside in the province of Quebec; OR
  • you are not eligible for affiliate fees status

CPA Quebec affiliate fees ($ 687.5) are paid if:

  • you reside outside of Quebec and you are a member of another provincial CPA body.

You can access Fees Schedule from here.

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 Quebec 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 Quebec 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 course for your reference. Webinars that qualify for Canadian CPA meets the standards for CPA QUEBEC (Chartered Professional Accountants Quebec). Here is the link to the CPA Quebec website. 


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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
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