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Work towards your CPA or RPA designation!

Professional Associations and Designations


Open doors to more opportunities by combining the Diploma in Accounting or the Certificate in Advanced Accounting with a professional designation such as the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) or Registered Professional Accountant (RPA).

McMaster University Continuing Education offers individual courses that can count toward the CPA and RPA designation programs. We recommend before enrolling in individual courses, you should contact the association for program information such as admission applications, course requirements and membership details.

Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

What does it mean to be a CPA? It means having in-demand skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in the face-paced ever-changing world of business. Thanks to their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and management skills, becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) is your ticket to a world of opportunities in accounting and finance.

About the Chartered Professionals Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario)

The Chartered Professional Accountant's (CPA Ontario) main purpose is to protect public interest. CPA has done this by attracting and growing people who share their values of exceptional ethical character and by also committing that all students and members meet the profession's standards and code of conduct. Due to this Ontario accountants are recognized, even internationally, for their high standards and commitment to ethics and integrity. For more information, visit CPA Ontario.

Academic Prerequisites for Admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP)

Before entering the CPA Professional Education Program, you must complete a degree and cover specific subject areas. Specific subject areas may be covered during a university program, or through additional degree-credit courses offered by post-secondary institutions, academic institutions in another country or through the CPA Ontario preparatory courses.

McMaster University Continuing Education offers specific subject courses through flexible online self-study or convenient virtual classroom options. View a list of CPA Ontario approved courses here.  

If you are interested in pursuing a CPA designation, please visit CPA Ontario for further details. 


Watch the below video to learn more about CPA:


Registered Professional Accountant (RPA)

Whether you are exploring new career opportunities, want to be acknowledged for your financial expertise, or are looking to keep pace in a rapidly changing world, becoming a Registered Professional Accountant is a solid academic and professional choice. RPAs are leaders in a multitude of companies and industries or some have taken an entrepreneurial route and opened accounting practices. With McMaster’s RPA-accredited suite of accounting and finance courses, you can earn the RPA professional designation to set you apart from the crowd and help to achieve your career goals!

About the Society of Professional Accountants Canada (SPAC)

The Society of Professional Accountants of Canada aspires to be the perpetually relevant National Professional Accounting body for local business by ensuring consistent excellence in both service delivery and ethical standards while inspiring commitment and active support for the communities in which our Members practice. For more information, visit SPAC.

Academic Prerequisites for Entry to the RPA Professional Review Program

To become an RPA, you must successfully complete the course requisites aligned to SPAC’s 5 educational pillars, in conjunction with a degree or diploma from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution. Completion of all course requisites is required to participate in the Professional Review Program and attempt the final Mandatory Professional Exam. 

McMaster University Continuing Education suite of courses has been approved by the Society of Professional Accountants of Canada (SPAC). Required course requisites are offered through flexible online self-study or convenient virtual classroom. View a list of RPA accredited courses here

If you are interested in pursuing an RPA designation, please visit RPA Canada for further details.


Watch the below video to learn more about RPA:


If you're interested in pursuing a McMaster University Certificate or Diploma either on its own, or in conjunction with a professional designation, please contact: Those interested in pursuing degree studies at McMaster University, may be eligible for undergraduate academic credit based on completion of our Diploma in Accounting or Advanced Certificate in Accounting. Refer to Future Degree Studies for details.