Economics: CPA preparatory courses

Learn about the Economics CPA preparatory course.

If you are seeking admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP), you can take CPA preparatory courses to gain the knowledge requirements you are missing.

Economics is a self-study (non-core) course that provides an introduction to basic economic concepts, including:

  • microeconomic principles:
    • supply and demand
    • pricing
    • resource use
  • macroeconomic principles:
    • unemployment determinants
    • inflation
    • interest rates
    • GDP
    • fiscal and monetary policy analysis

The syllabus provides detailed information on the content of the course as well as the other CPA preparatory courses. The examination blueprint outlines the structure and length of course final examinations. 

Note: Due to COVID-19, the assessment format for the August/September 2020 course examinations has been revised.

Schedule

This course is delivered provincially — or, in some cases, regionally — on a part-time basis to offer maximum flexibility and accessibility. Refer to the CPA preparatory courses calendar for key core course dates and examination dates for core and non-core courses. Please contact your provincial/regional body to see which offerings are available in your area.

Note: Starting with the 2019/2020 academic calendar that begins in November 2019, the semester course offering will change from a four-semester system to a five-semester system. You will have the opportunity to register for courses and their corresponding examinations separately. 

For further flexibility, you will be able to register for this course (and other non-core courses) any day of the year, as these courses will no longer have specific start dates. After registering, you will be able to select from five examination dates that best meets your needs and schedule.