Public Accounting Services

Public accounting is defined by legislation (Section 2(1)(a) of the Public Accountants Act) and by CPA Nova Scotia By-Laws, and include the following types of engagements: 

  • Audit Engagements as set out in the CPA Handbook - Assurance
  • Specified Audit Procedures as set out in the CPA Handbook - Assurance
  • Review Engagements as set out in the CPA Handbook - Assurance

Members in the practice of public accounting must be certified by CPA Nova Scotia and licensed by the PABNS. 

Effective September 1, 2019- CPA Nova Scotia will be the body responsible for issuing and renewing public accounting licenses.  The Public Accountants Board will no longer be the licensing body, as the Public Accountants Act will be repealed.

There will be no licenses issued from July 19, 2019 to September 1, 2019, during the transition period. 

Moving forward, all licenses will remain on the calendar year cycle. All existing licenses remain valid and will be grandfathered to CPA Nova Scotia for the stub period September 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. The renewal for the 2020 calendar year licenses will be through CPA Nova Scotia.  

Timing of Renewal

Annual Licence Renewal Application Due


Next Annual Renewal

October 15, 2019

December 31, 2020

October 15, 2020