learn the value of a CA

When thinking about becoming a Chartered Accountant Training Office, you may be asking yourself one very important thing: “What value would a CA bring to my business?” It’s an understandable question, with some very compelling answers.

Historically, Chartered Accountants have held themselves to the highest of standards. The profession was established in the 1800s, with a mandate that was and still is governed through legislation. Over more than 100 years, our Rules of Professional Conduct have been refined, guided by a series of strict and strong principles. In addition, our Pervasive Qualities and Skills are an integral part of the education and training process and include a focus on ethical behaviour and the development of personal attributes and professional skills that manifest themselves in every stage of a CA’s career. These values are what set CAs apart as the trusted experts they are, held in the high esteem for which they are known.

From the beginning, CAs are bred for excellence. All candidates must meet stringent formal academic requirements including the completion of a CA Institute accredited program. In addition to these expectations, CAs must pass many rigourous examination processes, including the profession’s stringent professional education program and the Uniform Evaluation (UFE). Produced by this process are some of the brightest students, placed on the path to becoming some of Canada’s most important business leaders. AND, not only are the standards rigourous to get a CA designation, but there are continuing education requirements to maintain it.

The Chartered Accountant accreditation is the only Canadian accounting designation to have reciprocity with the leading, internationally recognized accounting bodies of our major trading partners – the only Canadian member of the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA). This is due, in part, to the mutual recognition of the equivalence of each body’s qualification process, including education, evaluation and experience and means that companies with international offices have the opportunity to share and benefit from CAs from around the world.

In 2010, The Globe and Mail's Report on Business Magazine “Top 1,000 Companies in Canada” found that 62% had a CA in at least 1 of their top 6 positions, while 58% of them had a CA as their CFO. The survey also found that companies performed better when a CA was a part of their management, based on measuring the return on equity, return on capital and return on assets, as depicted in the chart below.

The CA profession’s long history of integrity, expertise and well-earned trust, our rigourous education and examination process and the globally recognized value of CAs make the benefits of bringing a CA into your organization obvious. The CA Training Office program provides businesses like yours with the opportunity to train some of the best and brightest graduates to earn their CA designation and grow into the valuable and unrivalled business leaders that CAs are known to be.


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frequently asked questions

When considering becoming a CA Training Office, you are likely to have many questions. To help you make the right decision for your business, we have put together some of our most frequently asked questions.

Q: What are the main responsibilities and commitments of a CA Training Office?


Chartered Professional Accountants/ Comptables professionnels agréés

Welcome to CPA Canada!

CPA Canada is the national organization established to support unification of the Canadian accounting profession under the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. CPA Canada provides services to all CPA, CA, CMA and CGA accounting bodies that have unified or are committed to unification.

Our integrated CPA Canada website is currently in development and will launch in fall 2014. Until that time, all our existing resources, services and information are available through the CICA, CMA Canada and CGA-Canada legacy websites, or through newly developed microsites designed to provide specific CPA content.

Bienvenue à CPA Canada!

CPA Canada est l’organisation nationale établie pour soutenir l'unification de la profession comptable canadienne sous la bannière du titre de comptable professionnel agréé (CPA). CPA Canada fournit des services à toutes les organisations comptables de CPA, de CA, de CMA et de CGA qui se sont déjà unifiées ou qui sont engagées dans le processus d’unification.

Le nouveau site de CPA Canada est actuellement en développement et sera mis en ligne à l’automne 2014. Entre-temps, toutes nos ressources et tous nos services sont accessibles sur les sites d’origine de l’ICCA, de CMA Canada et de CGA-Canada, ou sur des microsites nouvellement créés afin de donner accès à du contenu spécifiquement CPA.