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Program Overview

Program Overview

Everything You Need to Know

The Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance

Ready to take the next step in your career? Whether you’re a new college graduate, working in an accounting function without a recognized credential or an internationally trained professional wanting to work in Canada, the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance provides the applied technical accounting and finance skills necessary to enhance your career prospects in accounting and finance.


Program Structure

The Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance program is delivered online, which means it is flexible, accessible and can be completed at your own pace, anytime, anywhere. Online learning means minimal disruption to existing commitments, while electives allow you to select training in areas that are relevant to you. Typically, it takes one year of full time study or two to three years of part time study to complete the entire program.

The program consists of 11 courses: six technical courses and five applied courses. Each course is six to eight weeks in length, followed by a study week and an in-person final examination with the exception of Accounting Software Application, which requires the completion of an entirely self-paced learning component and an online final exam.

Entrance Requirements

To enter the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance program, you need 30 hours of post-secondary study (equivalent to one year of full-time study) or three years of relevant practical experience, plus five entry level courses. Courses can be completed through CPA preparatory courses or through a post-secondary institution in Ontario.

Course Length, Delivery and Commitment


Course Length

All Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance entry and technical courses taken through the CPA profession are six weeks of study, followed by a study week and a four-hour in person final examination, with the exemption of the following courses, which have a three-hour final exam:

  • Introduction Management Accounting
  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • Business Law

All Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance applied courses are six weeks of study, followed by a study week and a three-hour in person final examination, with the exception of the following courses:

  • Accounting Software Applications course, which is a 10-hour self-study online pass or fail course
  • Ethics and Workplace Skills, which is a six week course followed by a three hour exam


Delivery

  • Technical courses are delivered via online and in-class lecture options (based on sufficient enrolment), with the exception of Information Technology, which is delivered online only.
  • Applied courses are delivered online. Enrollees have access to a subject-matter expert who will answer questions and provide coaching and guidance, if needed.
  • Examinations are held in-person, with the exception of Accounting Software Applications, with supervised examination centres offered across Ontario.


Time Commitment

  • Entry and technical courses taken through the CPA preparatory courses typically require 15 to 20 hours of effort per week over eight weeks.
  • Equivalent courses taken through an approved post-secondary institution typically require over 13 weeks with lecture and self-study time. 
  • Applied courses typically require 10 to 12 hours of effort per week over 10 weeks with the exception of Ethics and Workplace Skills, which takes eight weeks, and Accounting Software Application, which is self-paced and requires a total of 10 hours of study time.