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Duration
1 Semester (4 Months)
Credential Awarded
Seneca College Certificate

About the Program

CPA Accredited
This four-month certificate program is developed for accounting degree graduates pursuing a professional accounting designation and will allow you to complete the core and elective modules of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Professional Education Program (PEP) in four months of rigorous, concentrated study. The program will prepare you to enter with advanced standing into the CPA PEP Capstone 1 and 2 modules. You will acquire advanced knowledge and competencies in accounting, taxation, assurance, performance management and finance.

Additionally, this program will significantly increase your knowledge and understanding of the accounting field.

The Professional Accountancy program when combined with the accounting stream of courses in the Bachelor of Commerce International Accounting and Finance (IAF) or equivalent has received accreditation by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario). CPA accreditation allows successful graduates of the ACY program to complete the core and elective modules of the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) in four months of rigorous, concentrated study and enter with advanced standing into the CPA PEP Capstone 1 and 2 modules. The program's curriculum will significantly increase knowledge and understanding of the field of accounting ensuring that graduates are well prepared for the CPA PEP Capstone courses and, ultimately to write the National Common Final Examination (CFE).

Seneca's Professional Accountancy program combined with the prerequisites to admission (normally a Commerce degree equivalent to Seneca's IAF Commerce degree) is accredited under the CPA National Recognition and Accreditation Standards for postsecondary institutions.

Please Note: This program is not eligible for OSAP. In addition to class time, to successfully complete ACY you should expect to spend approximately 35 hours per week in independent and group study.

Life of a Credit

This program qualifies for Seneca's Life of a Credit policy. This policy will allow you to transfer your credits earned in the past 10 years toward this program.

Skills

Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical skills

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options, such as:

  • Tax Accountant
  • Internal Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Controller

Pathways to the CPA Designation

As a graduate of Seneca’s IAF program, or an equivalent 120 credit-hour Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in accounting that meets CPA's subject requirements for admission to PEP, you will have the opportunity to pursue the CPA designation by combining your degree with the Professional Accountancy graduate program. This 15-week program will directly take you to the Capstone 1 module, with exemptions from Core 1, Core 2 and the elective modules of the CPA PEP. Specific grade requirements apply. Learn more about CPA designation and its educational requirements.

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