Following a comprehensive planning process, the profession set and announced the delivery approach for the September 2020 Common Final Examination (CFE) for all writers across Canada. This plan to deliver the September 2020 CFE in-person recognizes physical distancing guidelines and addresses public health concerns.
CPA candidates will write the September 2020 CFE at multiple hotels across the country, in the usual cities where examination centres were held in the past. To maintain social distancing guidelines, start times will be staggered, as needed, to minimize the number of candidates entering and exiting the hotel at the same time. Each candidate will be assigned their own hotel room for the duration of their examination. Within each room, candidates will have access to their own washroom and writing desk. Candidates will be provided with CPA-issued laptops that will have only required software installed.
During the examination, hotel room doors will remain open and the writing desks will be visible from the hallway. Candidates and their invigilator, as required, will be the only persons permitted to access the rooms. Personal protection equipment will be provided to each candidate and invigilator on each day of the CFE.
The profession remains committed to candidates and their pursuit to attain the CPA designation, and thanks candidates for their patience and understanding while these details were being finalized.