Frequently Asked Questions of Admission Advisors

Our Admission Advising team has put together a list of frequently asked admission questions (and answers).

How long does it take for a transcript assessment to be completed?

From the time all the documents required for the assessment are received, standard turn-around times for the assessment to be completed is normally within 10 business days. During active registration periods or periods of high volumes the standard turn-around times may increase.

You will receive an email notification once we have received all the documents required to start your transcript assessment and also once your assessment has been completed.

It’s important to create a My CPA profile and request and pay for a transcript assessment before having any required documents sent in to CPAWSB for your assessment.

Can I have my transcripts sent into CPAWSB now and request and pay for my transcript assessment once you receive those documents?

This will ensure that CPAWSB staff can;

  • Match and attach scanned copies of all received transcripts/documents to your My CPA profile and your transcript request. This reduces the risk of documents being lost or misplaced.
  • Notify you by email confirming each document has been received and added to your profile.
  • Clearly identify when all the required documents have been received and notify you by email confirming that those documents have been received and are ready to be assessed.

What is the maximum number of CPA preparatory courses that I can take at a time?

We recommend students take one course per semester, but you may be able to take up to two CPA preparatory courses within the same semester. CPA preparatory courses are very demanding. Most students spend 15 – 20 hours a week per course. It can be especially challenging if you are also working.

To take two CPA preparatory courses at once you must have all the prerequisites for those courses and the exams for the two courses must be offered at separate times. You can check the exam times on the CPA preparatory courses exam schedule which is available on our website.

You can also contact the preparatory advising team at prepadvising@cpawsb.ca for more details and to discuss your options.

Can I take prerequisite courses through CPA preparatory courses and at a post-secondary institution at the same time?

Yes, you may take CPA preparatory courses while taking prerequisite courses at a post-secondary, but please keep in mind the time commitment you will need to make to be successful.

CPA preparatory courses are very demanding. Most students spend 15 – 20 hours a week per course in addition to your commitments at the post-secondary institution. It can be especially challenging if you are also working. Also, to register in a CPA preparatory course you must meet all the prerequisite requirements for that course.

I just had my transcript assessment completed. Do I need to take the courses marked ACAF on my assessment?

If you are working towards a CPA designation, you do not need to take the courses labelled “ACAF” in your assessment. Those are courses specific to taking the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance which is not required to obtain a CPA designation.