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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).

Part-time option is available >


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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

Related Careers


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Communications 

  • Analytical thinking

  • Decision-making

  • Budgeting 

Professional Certification

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

Life of Credit

Courses within the School of Accounting and Financial Services remain current for 10 years according to CPA policy. Any credits completed more than 10 years prior to an application for transfer credit or equivalency will not be considered. More information is available on the Life of a Credit web page.