Requirements for a Public Accountants Licence in Nova Scotia are prescribed in the Public Accountants Act of Nova Scotia (the Act) and Standards pursuant to the Act.  See Legislation & Standards

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

All licencees must be members of a professional accounting body, designated, pursuant to the Act by the Public Accountants Board of Nova Scotia (PABNS). Currently only the Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia (CPANS) have been designated by PABNS. Extra-Provincial applicants must also be members of CPANS.

Go to www.cpans.ca to find out how to become a member of CPANS.

 

CERTIFICATION BY CPANS

Applicants must be certified annually by CPANS as having met the CPANS education and experience requirements necessary to apply for a Public Accountants Licence.

Nova Scotia has a two-tier licensing regime. Depending on the applicant’s experience CPANS may certify members as eligible to apply for a Public Accountant Auditing Licence (Audit Licence) or a Public Accountant Licence (Review Licence).

An individual issued a Public Accountant Auditing Licence may perform any of the acts and functions involved in the practice of public accounting as defined in the Act. An individual issued a Public Accountant Licence may perform any of the acts and functions involved in the practice of public accounting other than an audit engagement as set out in the applicable section of the CPA Canada Handbook-Assurance.

Go to www.cpans.ca to find out how to become certified by CPANS.

PABNS LICENSING PROCESS

As of July 17, 2019 prospective licences should contact CPANS Certification Committee c/o Lori McGuire:  [email protected]