Accounting Certificate Series

Are you looking for a direct pathway to earning your Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation?

Starting in Fall 2022, we are pleased to offer an Accounting Certificate Series that will help you reach that goal. The certificate series is comprised of four certificates:

Upon completion of all four certificates, you will be able to apply for the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). After completing the PEP, you will be able to write the three-day Common Final Examination (CFE) exam.

The accounting field has favourable employment prospects across a wide range of industry sectors in all geographic locations in Canada. After taking the level four certificate, learners can apply for jobs like bookkeeper, accounting technician, accounting clerk, staff accountant, junior accounting analyst, accounting analyst, tax specialist, internal or external auditor.

Salaries are rewarding with a mean real-time annual salary of $59,000 for jobs requiring accounting skills and $66,00 for accountants.(Note: the mean is derived from a wide salary range where jobs paying over $75,000 are available.) 

The certificate series is fully online, so you can fit learning into your busy schedule. As a Chang School student, you will have access to support from advisors, staff, instructors, and classmates to help you move towards your goal and build out your professional network. 

Still shopping around? Here’s a list of comparative accounting programs for your one-stop shop:

School Name Duration Price OSAP eligible?
The Chang School 19 courses total/4 certificates $12,223 yes
University of Toronto SCS 19 courses total/4 certificates $14,784 no
York University SCS 17 courses total/ 2 certificates $13,073 no
McMaster University SCS 21 courses total $16, 455 no

Find out more about our individual certificates in the accounting series:

Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits

OR

  • Mature student status

If you are an undergraduate student, you should be aware of possible certificate restrictions. Check Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Professional Designations and Accreditation

Curriculum Structure Overview of the Four certificates in Accounting

Level 1: Certificate in Foundations for Accounting (4 courses)

Required Courses Prerequisites CPA PEP Preparatory Course?
CACC 110 - Financial Accounting None Yes - Financial Reporting
CLAW 122 - Business Law None Yes - Other General Business Topics
CECN 210 - Understanding Economics None Yes - Other General Business Topics
CQMS 210 - Applied Statistics for Business None Yes - Other General Business Topics

Level 2: Certificate in Intermediate Accounting I (4 courses)

Required Courses Prerequisites CPA PEP Preparatory Course?
CACC 410 - Management Accounting CACC 110 - Financial Accounting Yes - Management Accounting
CLAW 603 - Advanced Business Law CLAW 122 - Business Law Yes - Other General Business Topics
CFIN 300 - Managerial Finance 1  CACC 110 - Financial Accounting Yes - Finance
CITM 102 - Business Information Systems I  None  

Level 3: Certificate in Intermediate Accounting II (5 courses)

Required Courses Prerequisites CPA PEP Preparatory Course?
CACC 414 - Intermediate Accounting I  CACC 410 - Management Accounting Yes - Financial Reporting
CFIN 401 - Managerial Finance 2  CFIN 300 - Managerial Finance 1  Yes - Finance
CACC 514 - Intermediate Accounting 2  CACC 414 - Intermediate Accounting I  Yes - Financial Reporting
CACC 504 - Accounting Cases and Concepts I  CACC 514 - Intermediate Accounting 2 (Corequisite) Yes - Financial Reporting
CACC 801 - Intermediate Cost and Management Accounting CACC 414 - Intermediate Accounting I  Yes - Management Accounting

Level 4: Certificate in Advanced Accounting (6 courses)

Required Courses Prerequisites CPA PEP Preparatory Course?
CACC 703 - Advanced Financial Accounting CACC 514 - Intermediate Accounting 2 
CACC 504 - Accounting Cases and Concepts I 
Yes - Financial Reporting
CACC 521 - Auditing  CACC 514 - Intermediate Accounting 2  Yes - Other General Business Topics
CACC 742 - Canadian Business Taxation 1  CACC 514 - Intermediate Accounting 2  Yes - Other General Business Topics
CACC 842 - Canadian Business Taxation 2 CACC 742 - Canadian Business Taxation 1  Yes - Other General Business Topics
CACC 696 - Accounting Information Systems* CITM 102 - Business Information Systems I  
CBUS 800 - Strategic Management CFIN 401 - Managerial Finance 2   

*CACC696 - Accounting Information Systems will be available in 2023-24.

For a full list of our accounting courses, their respective CPA preparatory course equivalencies, the minimum grade you must achieve for consideration into the CPA PEP Program, please refer to CPA Ontario's course equivalency chart.

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