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3 Semesters Consecutive (42 Weeks)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

About the Program

This 12-month graduate certificate program is a fast-track option for four-year degree graduates to pursue a career in accounting wishing to pursue the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) designation. You will study financial and management accounting, tax, information systems, audit, finance and economics focusing on analysis and interpretation of information and making sound ethical decisions.

You will be introduced to the modern technological environment of business using spreadsheets (Excel), database software (Access) and integrated database application technologies (ERP) through exposure to accounting software package(s). You will also gain industry exposure through research, case studies and projects.

You are eligible to enrol in this program with little or no knowledge of accounting. Upon graduation, you can choose to continue to complete an accounting degree such as Seneca's International Accounting and Finance degree, or pursue your CPA professional designation (minimum grade requirements apply).

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.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Communications 

  • Analytical thinking

  • Decision-making

  • Budgeting 

Your Career

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

  • Financial accounting supervisor
  • Divisional and corporate accountant
  • Accounting analyst
  • Cost accountant

Professional Certification

Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Ontario

As a student of this program, if you have met the minimum grade requirements:

ACCA Accredited Programme
  • You will have completed courses recognized as equivalent to the 14 preparatory courses required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP).
    For more information, please read Subject Area Coverage for Entry into the CPA PEP (PDF)
  • You will be eligible for exemptions for ACCA Papers F1 to F4.