CPA study Notes

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Densmore’s CPA Competency Map Study Notes provide expert, easy-to-understand, summarized content to support success throughout your studies.

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Densmore’s CPA Competency Map Study Notes foster better understanding in the six technical competency areas. This resource will support your CPA education from Core 1 all the way to the CFE.

  • Form a critical base of knowledge for all six technical competencies
  • Simplify studying with easy-to-understand summary notes
  • Find the right option for you, whether in digital or print, English or French

Our Competency Map Study Notes publication summarizes the technical knowledge needed for each of the following technical competency areas as well as Data Analytics and Information Systems:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Strategy and Governance
  • Management Accounting
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Finance
  • Taxation

The CPA Competency Map details the enabling and technical competencies required for a CPA as part of the certification process. For more information about the 2022 CPA Competency Map, which is in effect for 2024, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is covered in the CPA Competency Map Study Notes publication?

The publication includes summary technical notes for all six technical competency areas (Financial Reporting, Audit and Assurance, Strategy and Governance, Management Accounting, Finance and Taxation) that are covered in the CPA Competency Map. The publication is at a level suitable for the Core PEP modules, the Elective PEP modules, and the CFE.

How is the information organized?

The CPA Competency Map Study Notes are organized in a digestible, easy-to-understand format. If you would like to see how the book is formatted and the level of detail that is provided, download a sample excerpt of the book in your preferred language:

What is the difference between the digital (eBook) and print versions?

The content is the same in both the digital and print versions. However, the digital version is updated with any technical updates for the two years following purchase. If you prefer a print version, we post an annual technical update summary document. Download the update in your preferred language:

Are the CPA Competency Map Study Notes included with my CFE Prep course?

This resource is not included with your CFE Prep registration. However, you may choose to add it on to your CFE Prep registration or purchase separately if you are looking for technical reference material. The CPA Competency Map Study Notes publication can be purchased here.

When will my digital eBook access to the CPA Competency Map Study Notes publication expire?

Access to the eBook expires at the end of the second calendar year following the year in which the publication was purchased (i.e., the 2024 CPA Competency Map Study Notes eBook would expire on December 31, 2026). However, if you are still using the publication in pursuit of your CPA designation after the expiration date, you may request an extension at no charge by emailing

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