The CPA Co-op option is for undergraduate students already accepted into the SFU Business Co-op program that are interested in completing up to 12 months of the practical experience requirement component for the CPA designation. This is either through securing a co-op articling position during the CPA Recruit (Pre-Approved Pathway Route) OR by completing other accounting co-op work terms (Experience Verification Route).
Each year in September, pre-approved path training offices, mostly from public practice firms and a few employers in industry and government sectors come to campus to recruit students into articling positions in the journey to become a CPA.
Although firms formally receive applications to their articling positions in September, recruiting events and activities occur almost year round.
The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Designation
Chartered Professional Accountants play key roles within diverse segments of the economy, including industry, public accounting, education, government, and the not-for-profit sector. They offer a strong set of accounting and managerial skills required for today’s complex and evolving environment. CPAs are broad-minded, forward-thinking professionals who undertake appropriate analysis, exercise good judgement, communicate effectively, and act to protect the public interest.
CPAs are highly attractive to employers and recruiters for the solid training and expertise that contribute to improved efficiency and growth.
The two year part-time CPA certification Professional Education Program consists of six modules, and culminates in a national, multi-day final evaluation. Refer to our diagram for program and module details.
The modules use a blended learning model combining online learning, self-study, classroom learning and teamwork to develop the competencies expected of Canada’s preeminent professional accountant. There is an evaluation after each module, which candidates must pass before proceeding to the next module.