The Fast Track: CPA Bridging








CPA Bridging enables you to complete all the business and accounting classes needed for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP). Available at all of U of L campuses in Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton.

Please note, the former CA Bridging program has been replaced by CPA Bridging.

The Program

You do not need prior management or accounting courses or work experience. The program was designed as a direct route for students to obtain the courses they require to apply to a professional accounting program, while continuing to work full-time. You take only the courses you need – if you have previous accounting courses, you can complete the program more quickly.

Courses are taught by professionally and/or academically qualified instructors. Completing CPA Bridging at the U of L will give you an ideal mix of academic knowledge and industry-relevant skills.

Enroll in CPA Bridging if:

  • you were educated outside of Canada
  • you have a degree in an area other than accounting
  • your business degree lacks some of the pre-requisite courses needed for PEP

Financial assistance

Do you need some help funding your journey to becoming a CPA? Completing CPA Bridging at the U of L maintains your student status and makes you eligible for students loans, scholarships and bursaries..

The Flair Foundation Bursary is available to students who need to complete 10 or more CPA Bridging courses and who are either working or re-entering the workforce after an absence. This award is available only to immigrants who meet specific residency requirements.

The Mike Shaikh FCA & Linda Shaikh Bursary is for students changing careers and/or who are recent immigrants to Canada and must meet certain residency requirements.

Application forms are sent directly to CPA Bridging students, and currently the bursaries are awarded during February or March of each year.

These awards are provided through the Chartered Accountants Education Foundation (CAEF) of Alberta in recognition of the generosity and commitment to the CA profession by the Flair Foundation and Mike and Linda Shaikh.

Admission and further information

Apply early as seats are limited. If you take sufficient courses, you may also be eligible to receive a Professional Diploma in Accounting (PDA) from the University of Lethbridge.

For more information about the CPA Prerequisite Education Program (PEP) and required courses for program entrance, visit the Alberta Accountants website at:

Additional information about becoming a CPA may be found at:

Please direct program and admission inquiries to one of our advisors at 780-424-0425.