Ontario College Graduate Certificate | 3 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

Professional Accounting Practice graduate certificate program provides graduates with the required knowledge and skills essential to begin and advance in the field of accounting. Graduates will be well prepared for careers in the field with knowledge of all accounting disciplines including financial accounting, management accounting, audit and assurance, finance, and personal and corporate tax. Graduates also develop computer technology, management, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. This program is a pathway for students who already hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline other than accounting and who are interested in pursuing the Chartered Professional Accounting designation.

Program Highlights

  • 1 year - 3 semesters
  • This program provides students a clear pathway to becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)
  • Experienced faculty with CPA certification
  • Three intakes per year
  • Experiential learning

Part-time Pathway

Students may choose a pathway to complete this program while studying part-time. For more information on the part-time pathway see the Program Delivery tab.  

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How to Apply

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must be graduates of an Ontario degree program or equivalent.


Applicants must possess an Ontario Diploma/Advanced Diploma or equivalent and 08 years of relevant working experience. Applicants must submit a detailed summary of their work experience along with their application. The applicants seeking a pathway to CPA Certification after graduating from ACGC will be responsible for getting their work experience validated from CPA Ontario. For more information, the applicant can refer to https://www.cpaontario.ca/become-a-cpa/student-registration/mature-registration

Students who have undergraduate degrees from non-Canadian institutions with WES or similar equivalency will be considered.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Winter Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2024

Spring Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Spring 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2025


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2025
  3. SEMESTER 3 Spring 2025

Winter Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2025
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2025
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2025

Spring Semester

  1. SEMESTER 1 Spring 2025
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2025
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2026

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2024-25 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ECN 1720 Microeconomics 3
BUS 2721 Statistics for Business 3
BUS 2720 Business and Commercial Law 3
ACC 2720 Financial Accounting 3
ACC 1722 Intro to Managerial Accounting 3
ACC 4724 Information Technology 3
ACC 4725 Workshop on Accounting Cases 2
Semester 2
ECN 2710 Macroeconomics 3
ACC 3721 Intermediate Accounting I 3
BUS 2723 Intro to Business Analytics 3
ACC 3725 Management Accounting 3
FIN 2720 Introduction to Finance 3
ACC 3724 Personal Taxation 3
Semester 3
BUS 3721 Business Strategy 3
ACC 3722 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACC 3723 Audit and Assurance 3
ACC 4720 Advanced Financial Reporting 3
ACC 4722 Corporate Taxation 3
FIN 3720 Corporate Finance 3
 Total Credits56


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately under review. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will find employment in a wide range of organizations and industries including but not limited to:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Financial Analysis

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.