The CPA Post Designation Public Accounting (PDPA) Program

The PDPA program offers members who qualified without public accounting practice rights an efficient education and examination option.

THE CPA POST DESIGNATION PUBLIC ACCOUNTING (PDPA) PROGRAM

The PDPA program offers members who qualified without public accounting practice rights an efficient education and examination option. It comprises a mandatory education module and examination in assurance, taxation, financial accounting, finance, and strategy and governance. It is mandatory for members seeking post-certification public accounting registration in jurisdictions with no tiered registration, and for audit and review registration in jurisdictions offering tiered registration.

Requirements for members seeking public accounting registration (licensure) post certification
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THE PDPA MODULE STRUCTURE

The PDPA module covers the technical knowledge required for public accounting registration, including tax, assurance, financial reporting, finance, and strategy and governance. It is a self-study module that consists of reading resources, practice problems and multiple-choice questions covering the CPA Competency Map at the elective level. There are no deadlines, submissions or face-to-face components (for example, workshops) to the module.

Designed as a preparatory module, participants are provided with a suggested eight-week study schedule to assist with the preparation of the PDPA examination. Candidates must complete the PDPA module to be eligible to write the PDPA examination.

THE PDPA EXAMINATION

The PDPA examination consists of objective format questions testing the required technical knowledge for public accounting registration. See the PDPA examination blueprint for more information.
Members must complete the PDPA module to be eligible to write the PDPA examination. The blueprint is available HERE.

The PDPA examination is scheduled once a year until further notice.

Harmonization Education Policies

The CPA Harmonized Education Policies for the PDPA module and examination is now available and contains guidance and policies that cover eligibility, administration, module, examination, and integrity and behaviour.  

The Policies address many concerns and questions asked by PDPA applicants and candidates, for example the limitation number for examination attempts, which is detailed in Section 4.2 Number of examination attempts.

The dates for the years 2018 and 2019 are as follows

The next module starts on June 25th, 2018 and runs to August 24th, 2018 with the national exam on Friday, August 24th, 2018. The results release is scheduled for October 19th, 2018.

The module for the year 2019 will start on June 24th, 2019 with the national exam on Friday, August 23rd, 2019. The results release is scheduled for October 18th, 2019.

The PDPA registration pricing schedule will be released prior to the PDPA registration period (starting March 12, 2018).

To register, please click HERE.

For any questions, please contact us at info@cpanewbrunswick.ca.