RPA’s are qualified and professional accountants recognized for excellence and maintaining high standards. With the professional designation, you can provide assurance to the public and businesses as a practitioner or as an employee.

Exemplary standards of academic excellence, conduct, integrity, and professionalism are attained by members after successful completion of the Mandatory Professional Examinations and their adherence to the Code of Ethics. We are officially recognized as an educational institution in Canada. Other key components that distinguish RPA’s are practical experience requirements, ongoing professional development requirements, and the Public Practice Program for public practitioners.

Integrity, Proficiency & Distinction

Pathway to the RPA designation

  1. Accredited university or college degree.
  2. Post-Secondary accounting prerequisites course.
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Optional tutorial study and review sessions.
  5. Sit for Mandatory Professional Exams.
  6. Practical Work Experience.
  7. Become an RPA.

If you are a mature student, foreign trained accountant, or foreign designated accountant, contact the registrar. We offer a valuation service to assist you on the path to become a RPA and possible exemptions.

Prerequisite Accounting Courses

Study and Write Exams


If you have foreign accounting designation, applicants with the US CPA designation, or UK ACCA designation, or other foreign accounting designation with comparable qualifications may be exempt from prerequisite courses but must successfully attempt some or all of the Mandatory Professional Examinations. Please contact the Registrar for further details.

Mandatory Professional Examinations

Prerequisite Courses

Upon completion of the qualifying 12 prerequisite courses, candidates must also successfully complete the comprehensive Mandatory Professional Accreditation Exams:

  • Advanced Accounting and Reporting
  • Advanced Auditing, Business Law and Professional Responsibilities
  • Advanced Taxation and Tax Planning
  • Advanced Financial Management

Click here for syllabus (PDF)

The RPA prerequisites are designed to ensure adequate knowledge for competence in the practice of professional accountancy.

Most Canadian undergraduate accounting degrees or majors satisfy the prerequisites requirements as equivalents. If you have completed the prerequisite courses to satisfy the requirements of CA, CGA, CMA, or CPA programs you will generally meet the requirements of the Society.