CPA students

Start and grow your career

Densmore helps CPA students pass the CFE with confidence and develop the technical and soft skills needed to succeed.

A step ahead from the start

Building a CPA career takes time, effort and a little help along the way — that’s where we come in. Our expert resources help you get started and truly thrive as a CPA, from the PEP modules to the CFE and beyond.

Study with clear and comprehensive notes

Our Competency Map Study Notes will help you on your CPA designation journey. We cover the six technical competency areas you need to know in a digestible format.

Gain an EDGE on PEP modules

Supplement your Core and Elective PEP modules with materials expertly designed to help you refine and sharpen your skills.

Access expert CFE training

Learn the skills needed for success on the CFE. Our resources and courses help you practice the best strategies for tackling each day of the exam.

Develop your career beyond the CFE

After you achieve your CPA designation, you can still count on Densmore. We offer a dynamic range of CPD courses that will help you shape your career.

Learn about the PEP process

Before you begin your journey towards your CPA designation, it’s helpful to first understand the CPA professional education program (PEP). We outline all of the steps you need to take and resources that can help you achieve each milestone.

Clare Kelly, CPA
Nova Scotia

Stories of success

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much time off is ideal for students who are writing the CFE?

For first-time writers taking Capstone 2, the module schedule is rigorous. Typically, candidates write one CFE Day 1 or Day 2 case and a CFE Day 3 case each week. Therefore, we recommend students take anywhere from four weeks to the full length of Capstone 2 off prior to the CFE. This will allow them time for writing, marking, and debriefing additional cases and completing technical review.  

For experienced writers and first-time writers who are not taking Capstone 2, we recommend at least four weeks off prior to the CFE if they are re-writing days 2 and 3 of the CFE or all 3 days. If they are only re-writing day 1 of the CFE, we recommend taking one to two weeks off prior to the exam.

What is the best approach if I am an international student planning to write the CFE in Canada under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)?

The CPA exam is likely very different from other CA exam experiences you’ve had. For this reason, it can be incredibly challenging to pass the CFE under a MOU agreement. We often see this related to a lack of focus on case writing skills as well as under-preparedness in Canadian technical topics (such as ASPE, Canadian Tax and Canadian Auditing Standards). If you’re planning to write the CFE under a MOU agreement, we encourage you to enroll in our MOU Bridge to CFE Prep course before registering in our CFE Prep course to build your technical knowledge base and help you begin to develop your case writing skills.

Which CPA Canada PEP Elective Modules should I choose?

If you may be interested in obtaining your Public Accounting Licence in the future, you are required to complete the Taxation and Assurance elective modules. If this does not apply to you, you should consider your work experience, interests, and comfort level with each elective area based on your past educational experience to determine which electives would be most suitable for you.

CPA Canada has posted sample cases for each of the Electives here.  You can also read through the sample cases and evaluation guides (solutions) for each module to help inform your decision.

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