The Chartered Professional Accountant Student Training Program

Right for you if:

  • If you are looking for a two year challenging yet rewarding leadership development program across diverse cultures
  • Hand's on experience through 6-month rotations throughout the bank

Program Summary

If you are an outstanding leader pursuing your Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, looking to improve your career advancement potential and are a graduate of a CPA Canada accredited university program, then this opportunity is for you! Scotiabank has a pre-approved CPA training program designed to help you fulfil the designation requirements.

The CPA Student Training Program is a thirty month rotational program which provides exposure to audit, financial reporting, accounting policies and tax across rotations in:

The program spans two years and is split into four rotations (six months each), within one of the following four career streams:

  • Internal Audit 12 months
  • Global Finance 18 months


  • Graduation from a post-secondary educational institution with a degree from a CPA Canada accredited program
  • Student in “advanced standing” – have completed all modules etc. and will be writing the Common Final Exam prior to joining the program
  • Top quartile standing in each semester (Minimum A-)
  • Strong conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills; can see the "big picture" in a complex environment
  • Independent thinker who takes initiative to capitalize on opportunities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to develop strategic relationships with business partners and stakeholders
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Detail oriented and an analytical thinker
  • Ability to work collaboratively and under pressure
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in professional and extracurricular activities

When To Apply

End of August to mid-September of each year.

How to Apply

Recruitment for this program occurs during September each year for roles that are available in the subsequent year. Please check your school’s Career Center for our job posting.

  • Participate as part of a team with targeted deliverables, working on initiatives designed to improve processes and applications which support our key business areas
  • Work independently, establish priorities, and use your communication, analytical and problem solving skills to add value to each project
  • Interact with other CPA Associates to share learnings and network within the organization
  • Apply business requirements gathering techniques to develop business requirements, understand relationships and facilitate the communication between businesses
  • Develop effective and efficient solutions by researching/analyzing issues, defining opportunities for business process improvements and making recommendations within assigned area of responsibility
  • Receive ongoing feedback, advice and mentorship from Program Leader, Mentors and direct supervisors throughout the program
Adriane Meet Adriane

I joined Scotiabank’s Chartered Professional Accountant Student Training Program in October 2016 after writing my CFE in September 2016 and completing my Master of Accounting at the University of Waterloo. As a graduate student pursuing the CPA designation, I was attracted to this program as it provides exposure to audit, forecasting, financial reporting and analysis across three rotations, which will allow me to develop and strengthen my technical competencies in accordance with CPA’s practical experience requirements. In addition, the program leaders and mentors are all supportive and committed to my success.

Many people have asked me why I did not pursue a career in public accounting and the reason is because I want a career where I can closely collaborate with individuals to provide value-added solutions to an organization. The Program at Scotiabank has provided invaluable opportunities for me to achieve this and I highly recommend it to aspiring CPAs, as it allows for a great opportunity to strengthen analytical and communication skills that will contribute towards one’s professional development.
Carol Meet Carol

I joined Scotiabank’s CPA Student Training Program in October 2016 after obtaining my Master of Accounting at the University of Waterloo and completing my Common Final Exam. Prior to joining Scotiabank, I had the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of co-op positions which provided me exposure to areas of audit, finance, and tax. My decision to join Scotiabank to complete my practical experience for the CPA designation stems from the experience I gained as a financial analyst co-op with Scotiabank’s Global Transaction Banking finance group. Not only does Scotiabank provide great learning opportunities, it also cultivates a supportive environment for career development.

The first year of the Program begins in internal audit in which the experience has provided me an opportunity to understand various corporate functions within Scotiabank. In addition to the knowledge and experienced gained, I have also had the opportunity to meet individuals from multiple functions across the Bank to expand my professional network. As the program continues to progress, I am excited to take on the different roles and challenges while professionally developing myself as a CPA.