CPA Canada CITP Credential Pathway and Requirements

The CITP credential is granted exclusively to professional accountants (as deemed by a governing body) who have the unique ability to provide business insight by leveraging knowledge of information relationships and supporting technologies. As of April 1, 2017, CPA Canada members are required to write an exam to obtain the CITP credential. Questions may be submitted to

CITP credential holders demonstrate specific skills, expertise and experience in the following areas:

  • Information security and cyber risks
  • Business intelligence, data management and analytics
  • IT governance, risks and controls 

Get started on the pathway to the CITP credential below.


  • Maintain CPA Canada membership in good standing.
  • Be a CPA in good standing as defined by CPA Canada.
  • Pass the CITP exam and meet the minimum business experience and education requirements.  The business experience and education requirements must have been completed within 5 years of applying for the CITP credential.
  • Complete the CITP credential application and pay the respective credential fee of $300.
  • Sign a Declaration of Intent to comply with the CITP recertification requirements. 


Pathway to the CITP Credential

Learning Requirements

A CITP credential candidate must have a minimum of 75 hours of CITP related continuing professional development (CPD). All hours must have been obtained within the 5-year period preceding the date of the credential application. The following categories of education are eligible: 

  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE):  Formal programs of learning in self-study or group-study format in topics relevant to the CITP body of knowledge
  • Approved Courses at an Accredited University or College:  University or college courses taken in topics relevant to the CITP body of knowledge
  • Presenting:  Instructors receive credit for preparation and presentation of CPE or college credit courses on topics within the CITP body of knowledge
  • Authoring:  Writers of published articles, books or CPE programs in topics related to the CITP body of knowledge will be given credit for their research and writing time if this time increases professional competence
  • Unstructured Learning:  May include activities such as coaching, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning and on-the-job training. These expanded opportunities allow you to develop professional competencies necessary to support continued success in your area of specialization.