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Professional Accounting Practice

Available: Fall

Program Description

The short and intensive format of the Professional Accounting Practice (PRA) program is especially suited to you if you are a mature or motivated student seeking a career in accounting. Whether or not your diploma or degree is related to business, you may benefit from this program. No accounting background is required.

You'll be introduced to the modern technological environment of business decision-making using spreadsheets (Excel), database software (Access) and integrated database application technologies (ERP) through exposure to accounting software package(s). Your courses will make use of hands-on computer applications and case studies based on real situations.

You'll also gain industry exposure through research, cases and projects.


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3 Semesters (12 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Your Career

In just three semesters, you will be prepared for employment with businesses of all sizes and scope and will possess a sound financial accounting foundation and the ability to use computerized accounting systems. Particular focus is on analysis and interpretation of financial information to make sound financial control and ethical decisions. Opportunities may exist for you in these key areas: accounts receivable/payable, general accounting reconciliation, financial statement preparation, presentation and analysis, and cost accounting and budgeting. The program prepares you to articulate into the Seneca International Accounting and Finance degree, as well as other universities/colleges, to complete an accounting degree, if desired.

Professional Certification

CPA Logo

Graduates of this program will have completed courses recognized as equivalent to the 14 preparatory courses required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) assuming minimum grade requirements are met. Details.

Assuming grade requirements are met, PRA graduates will also have completed eight of ten Program and Technical prerequisite courses required for entry into CPA Canada's Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF). They may also be eligible for exemptions of up to six ACAF Technical Courses so that the ACAF may be completed with only four additional courses. Details.


For more information about the CPA designation, see

Students that complete the PRA program will be eligible for exemptions for ACCA Papers F1 to F4.

For Programs within the School of Accounting and Financial Services, the CPA policy of a ten-year course currency of education is applied as part of the Seneca Life of a Credit (academic policy), and credits completed more than 10 years prior to an application for transfer credit or equivalency will not be considered.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • A recognized degree from an accredited institution
  • English proficiency at the post-secondary level.


  • This program is ideal for individuals with little or no background in accounting.
  • Students are required to be highly literate and have a facility for mathematics and financial concepts. Superior communication and analytical skills are necessary
  • Prospective students may be required to undergo testing to assess literacy and mathematics skills.

Program Costs

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Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Doug Stephenson 416.491.5050 ext. 22731

Program Chair

Karen Murkar 416.491.5050 ext. 22337

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network