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HOW TO convert your ACCA designation to CPA Canada

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HOW TO convert your ACCA designation to CPA Canada

Good Morning,

I was wondering if anyone on this board has successfully converted their ACCA designation to CPA Canada?

What is your opinion on the current negotiations between the MRA agreement between ACCA and CPA?

Please tell me your experiences regarding this.

Thank You!
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Jul 13, 2009
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Getbread wrote: Good Morning,

I was wondering if anyone on this board has successfully converted their ACCA designation to CPA Canada?

What is your opinion on the current negotiations between the MRA agreement between ACCA and CPA?

Please tell me your experiences regarding this.

Thank You!
https://www.cpaontario.ca/become-a-cpa/ ... -agreement

Step 1: Call the CPA, get things in motion
Step 2: Find your ACCA friends, there are thousands and thousands in Canada. A quick linkedin search and you'll find them from all over the former Empire, her Majesty's colonies.
Step 3: CPA wants your money: pay fees for registration, courses and exams ( think 2 now?)

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Getbread wrote: You're an ACCA?
Nope, i used to be a recruiter in accounting and finance for 7+ years, now i do tech and R&D recruitment
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A friend of mine converted it to a CGA back before the merger. Didn't seem to be too much of a hassle. Post merger it looks like you have to take a CPD course to get tax and law to the "Canadian Standard". I wouldn't worry too much as the ACCA is pretty recognized in Canada anyway (if you've got plenty of experience I find they'll weigh that higher than ACCA vs CPA).
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ricola1234 wrote: A friend of mine converted it to a CGA back before the merger. Didn't seem to be too much of a hassle. Post merger it looks like you have to take a CPD course to get tax and law to the "Canadian Standard". I wouldn't worry too much as the ACCA is pretty recognized in Canada anyway (if you've got plenty of experience I find they'll weigh that higher than ACCA vs CPA).
Good afternoon Ricola,

Thank you for taking the time to reply.

Did your friend get the ACCA prior to moving to Canada?

Best Regards,

GB.
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ricola1234 wrote: A friend of mine converted it to a CGA back before the merger. Didn't seem to be too much of a hassle. Post merger it looks like you have to take a CPD course to get tax and law to the "Canadian Standard". I wouldn't worry too much as the ACCA is pretty recognized in Canada anyway (if you've got plenty of experience I find they'll weigh that higher than ACCA vs CPA).
Before the merger, the ACCA to CGA process was super easy compared to now. The CPA wants more money and exams out of you now.

I used to tell people the cheapest route is CPA (US) and convert it to CPA (CA), 4 exams, cheaper fees, faster. The RFD way!
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bhrm wrote: Before the merger, the ACCA to CGA process was super easy compared to now. The CPA wants more money and exams out of you now.

I used to tell people the cheapest route is CPA (US) and convert it to CPA (CA), 4 exams, cheaper fees, faster. The RFD way!
Not that easy. You have to work in the states for a year before the CPA Canada regime will allow you reciprocity.

Unless you already work for a large multinational,where you can just transfer, you're going to have a hard time competing against locals for a job in their own country.

Not to mention having to physically leave canada.
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Getbread wrote: Not that easy. You have to work in the states for a year before the CPA Canada regime will allow you reciprocity.

Unless you already work for a large multinational,where you can just transfer, you're going to have a hard time competing against locals for a job in their own country.

Not to mention having to physically leave canada.
Guess rules have changed, i'm 4-5 years out of date. I left accounting/finance recruiting shortly after the CPA merged.

As for jobs in the US, you'll be surprised, the job market is pretty decent still if you're open to smaller cities. If you're experienced and qualified, CPAs are in good demand. Some companies are even recruiting Canadian CPAs and have been aggressive with that.
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bhrm wrote: Guess rules have changed, i'm 4-5 years out of date. I left accounting/finance recruiting shortly after the CPA merged.

As for jobs in the US, you'll be surprised, the job market is pretty decent still if you're open to smaller cities. If you're experienced and qualified, CPAs are in good demand. Some companies are even recruiting Canadian CPAs and have been aggressive with that.
What if your not a CPA?

You mentioned the cheap,easy way above- have you ever met anyone who actually did that?

Thanks.

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