Promoting CPA in High Schools

A portal for CPA members and others volunteering their time and looking for support and resources

The Canadian accounting profession has a long history of supporting high-school students to identify study paths and careers that align with their interests, dreams, and expectations. An important part of this are the CPA members that volunteer to speak in classrooms about stories, experiences, and insights. 

​​In the Atlantic provinces and Bermuda, the CPA Atlantic School provides presentation materials to ensure CPA members can focus on telling their story with the support of presentation options that ensure a professional presentation and up-to-date details.

​The below-listed resources are freely available for use by any CPA member. It is strongly encouraged to orient themselves with the materials and adjust to suit for their presentation style and circumstances. Also, the profession welcome feedback on how the material are serving you or could be improved.

For questions or guidance on these materials, members are encouraged to contact the CPA Atlantic School of Business.

Orientation letter for new CPA volunteers Printable handout/pamphlet Editable Powerpoint presentations

What do you like most about your job? Do you work only with numbers? Why should I become a CPA? Five inspiring CPAs in the Atlantic provinces provide answers to these questions.

What is a CPA?

  • A CPA is not a degree, it’s a business designation – and it is among the the world’s largest and most prestigious.
  • CPAs are one of a handful of “regulated” professions, such as doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc..
  • On its behalf, CPA Atlantic School of Business promotes and delivers the CPA program in Atlantic Canada and Bermuda.
  • CPA Bermuda is affiliated with the Canadian CPA designation.
  • Over 900 members in Bermuda and over 210,000 members internationally with the Canadian CPA designation.

What to do while in high school?

  • Take any business courses your school offers.
  • Does your school have a business club? Join it!
  • Join a junior entrepreneur club or junior achievers.
  • Choose a university or college program that covers most, or even all, of your CPA prerequisites as part of your degree or diploma.

What about while in university?

  • Join the commerce and business societies.
  • Take advantage of a co-op program.
  • Get to know your CPA profs (there are plenty!)
  • Start your CPA professional studies after graduation and be a CPA member before you’re even 25 years old
The CPA designation gives you the set of skills to do anything.
Lindsay Power, CPA, CMA, MBA
Senior Business Analyst - Strategic Projects, StandardAero
You have this massive family of CPAs on which you can lean on and use as much as you can, as often as you can.
Craig Farewell, CPA
Co-owner & Director of Operations, Banished Brewing & Brewdock
The skills you acquire through the CPA program prepare you to lead in any organization and in any industry.
Courtney Burns, CPA
President and CEO, Greater Moncton International Airport Authority Inc.
It’s the differentiator when someone has a stack of resumes. People with a CPA designation will stand out.
Leah Boody, CPA, CMA
President, Pineapple Bytes
The CPA designation first ignited my entrepreneurial spirit. It certainly helped me get to where I am right now.
David Arsenault, CPA
President, Arsenault Properties
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