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Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting (Online)

Take your accounting career to the next level, completely online.

 

Planning to pursue your CPA designation? Our nine-course online Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting gives you the opportunity to continue your accounting training while balancing life, work, and family commitments. Under the guidance of industry experts, you will learn advanced accounting fundamentals, in addition to business acumen, problem solving, presentation skills, and much more. The program culminates with a unique final capstone course where you will apply your knowledge to real-world challenges.

Reach your accounting career goals, faster

The online Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting makes it easier than ever for you to gain the valuable skills you need to further your career in accounting or finance. You can complete the entire program in less than two years part-time, studying wherever and whenever you want.

Pathways in accounting

Who should take this program?

Only those who have completed or received exemption from the following CPA preparatory courses (or equivalent) are eligible: Introductory Financial Accounting, Introductory Management Accounting, Economics, and Statistics.
This includes:

  •  Graduates of our Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting who want to continue their accounting training.
  • Professionals in accounting or finance who are preparing for a more senior or managerial role.
  • Accounting professionals planning to pursue their CPA designation.

Preparing for your CPA designation

Completing the Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting provides you with specialized knowledge and the leadership skills expected by top Canadian employers. You will be prepared for a range of positions, including supervisory or managerial roles in finance and accounting (depending on your background).

You will also meet the educational entry requirements for the graduate-level CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) to complete the globally recognized CPA designation.

Students please note: it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the external designation.

For a full list of our accounting courses and their respective CPA preparatory course equivalencies, please click here.

Acounting Road Map

“We were fortunate enough to have really good professors who are experts in [accounting]… [and who] shared a lot of experiences of what we can expect as an accountant in the future.”
Michelle Eamiguel – Graduate

 

“For someone already working in the field, pursuing an accounting certificate may be an ideal way to demonstrate a personal desire to contribute more to the organization or aspire to a more senior position. An accounting certificate from a respected institution, combined with relevant practical experience on your CV are important considerations in the job selection process.”
Nadine Petsche – Director, Accounting Policy and Financial Reporting, Office of the Provincial Controller Division, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat

Read more about Nadine Petsche and why she recommends pursuing continuing education as a way to further develop accounting skills.

 

Domestic Students

Canadian Students

This unique post-degree program provides the educational experience that upper-year undergraduate students enjoy with an exposure to a multi-cultural environment that only York University can provide. Graduates of this program will be uniquely positioned to thrive in Toronto’s diverse workplaces — a critical asset for global companies.

Develop a rich professional network that includes global and local peers and instructors with significant industry experience. As a pioneer in professional education, York has the expertise to offer you a vibrant, meaningful post-degree experience. You’ll graduate work-ready and promotable in Canada’s largest labour market.

Courses are offered online and at our vibrant Keele campus conveniently located near several 400-series highways and accessible by the TTC, GO, York Region, Brampton, and Viva transit systems. Please view our interactive map for more information on the campus including parking and amenities.

International Students

International Students

York University’s Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting is absolutely unique in Canada. This program provides the educational experience that Canadian upper-year undergraduate students enjoy with the academic language supports needed for success. As a leader in academic English education, York has the expertise to offer you a vibrant, meaningful post-degree experience.

Graduates of this program will be uniquely positioned to thrive in vibrant multi-cultural workplaces. Develop a rich professional network of local students, international peers, and Canadian instructors with significant industry experience. You’ll graduate work-ready and promotable.

Career Qualifications

Graduates of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting are prepared for a wealth of different career options within the industry. Please see below for the anticipated educational, certificate, and work experience requirements for each position type.

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Advisory Council

Accounting Advisory Council

Senior executives from many of Toronto’s leading organizations help us to ensure our graduates have the skills and knowledge that employers value most.

  • Allister Byrne, Former President & CEO, Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV) retired
  • Gary Spraakman, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
  • Edward Jonasson, CFO, Xagenic Inc.
  • Tom Kofman, CA, CPA Chairman, M Partners Inc.
  • Andrea Linhofer, Partner, Deloitte
  • Tara Lenaghan, MBA, FICB Head, Global Learning & Development Operations, KPMG International
  • Grant McEwan, SVP & CFO, Chubb Insurance
  • Nadine Petsche, Director, Accounting Policy and Financial Reporting, Ontario Ministry of Finance
  • Drew Stewart, Head, Capital Markets & Product Operations Accounting, BMO
  • Susan Wolcott, Thought Leader for CPA Canada, Accounting Educator

Instructors

Instructor Supinder BabraSupinder Babra, MBA, BBA, CPA, CMA, CCP

Supinder has 17 years’ experience working as a Financial Controller in various manufacturing industries from packaging, refinery services, lumber and door opening solutions in North America.  He has been teaching since 2007 with CPA Ontario and is currently teaching at York University Schulich School of Business in the BBA and MBA programs and with the York University School of Continuing Education. He teaches Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Finance, Audit, Capstone, Accounting Information Systems and Tax.  Supinder holds the following designations: an undergraduate BBA degree from Schulich, an MBA from Warwick University, CPA, CMA In Ontario and CCP in Canada.

Instructor Dr. Syeda Fahmida HabibSyeda Fahmida Habib, DBA, MBA, M.App.Fin

 Dr. Syeda Fahmida Habib is a passionate, student-centered educator with 24 years teaching experience at University/College level. Her core area of teaching has been finance and banking. Fahmida has also taught accounting, marketing and general management courses. She has been involved in text book writing, curricula, course material and assessment development as well as managing teaching teams. Fahmida has authored a textbook on Islamic Finance and Banking for Wiley Publishers in 2018. She completed her DBA from SMC University, Zurich and has a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Sydney plus an MBA, majoring in marketing.

Fahmida believes that learning happens when the material is adapted to the learner’s abilities and interest. She has had great rapport with her students and colleagues. Fahmida has worked with mature multicultural student groups and strives to instill in her students her own passion for life- long learning and learning beyond borders. She also encourages them to work professionally, independently, in teams and contribute to their workenvironment, their societies and to their families.

Instructor Adam ProkopAdam Prokop, MBA, MSc, MFin, CPA, CMA, CAIA

Adam has taught and developed accounting, finance, general business, mathematics, supply chain, and operations courses for several years across Canada. He has worked in various sectors including finance, energy, real estate, and government. He currently works as a senior risk analyst and consultant in the real estate industry, as well as a corporate trainer specializing in technical skills development.

Adam holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from McMaster University, a Master in Finance (MFin) from Queen’s University, a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Organizational Psychology from University of London, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Supply Chain Management from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Instructor Carol TristaniCarol Tristani, MBA, BEd, CPA

Carol has an eclectic experience background in the private and public sectors in health care, insurance brokerage and consulting, education and professional association environments in financial and human resources roles. She loves facilitating learning because she enjoys seeing students develop their knowledge, skills and confidence.  Business today wants employees who will be life-long learners and knowing that she might have a part to play in developing your skill level and confidence as a continuous learner makes her feel great about what she does.

Carol holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, and bachelor’s degree in Adult Education, a Masters of Business Administration degree, and a CPA designation.

Program Policies

FAQs

How do I get my certificate and graduate?

The School of Continuing Studies has a student record review process of students that have completed courses in the previous semester. Students who have successfully completed all the program requirements are eligible to graduate. Students are not required to formally apply to graduate.

Students will have their course grades reviewed by the Program Manager as they approach the end of the program. Students should expect to receive their Certificates in August/September by mail.

Library privileges

Students enrolled in all of our Certificate programs have access to the York University Library. The School of Continuing Studies will provide you with the library application form.

How do I get the books and reading materials, and how much do they cost?

It is wise to budget approximately $150 – $200 per course. All the books and reading materials will be available at the York University bookstore. You can also order your books online at http://bookstore.yorku.ca/

If you would like to visit the bookstore in person, store hours are as follows:

Monday & Tuesday 9am–7pm
Wednesday–Friday 9am–5pm

Open Saturday for the month of September.

CLOSED Saturday & Sunday.

What does it mean to be in a cohort?

Students in a cohort travel together through the program, learn through shared experiences as a group, and complete courses in a designated sequence.

The cohort model provides an opportunity to network and build professional relationships that may extend beyond the program. Therefore, the courses cannot be taken at your own pace.

Where can I obtain information about my classroom?

Two weeks before the start of the program, you will receive a letter via email containing all necessary program information including:

  • Program Schedule of Dates and Times
  • Classroom location
  • York University policies and procedures
  • Information on how to access the library at York University
  • School of Continuing Studies contact information

Key Policies

More Information

Tuition

Instalment Plan Policy

Online Program

For online students beginning in Fall 2019, the instalment dates are:

First instalment due upon registration (includes $125 instalment plan administration fee)
Second instalment due by January 15, 2020
Third instalment due by May 1, 2020
Fourth instalment due by October 1, 2020

For online students beginning in Winter 2020, the instalment dates are:

First instalment due upon registration (includes $125 instalment plan administration fee)
Second instalment due by May 1, 2020
Third instalment due by Oct 1, 2020
Fourth instalment due by Jan 15, 2021

Admission requirements

Full-time and Part-time program

To be admitted to the Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting, applicants must have:

  • Completed the Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting
    OR
  • Have already completed or received exemption from the CPA preparatory courses: Introductory Financial Accounting, Introductory Management Accounting, Economics, and Statistics.

Additionally applicants must have :

  • minimum of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of a 60% average (C) or a 3-year Canadian College Diploma with minimum ‘B’ or 70% average
  • official transcripts (International students: please provide original English translated copy of University degree and transcripts.)
  • completed online application form
  • proof of language proficiency (international students only)

There is an application fee of $79 payable upon submission of your application. Applicants will be notified directly if additional information or documentation is required.  Conditional offers of admission will be issued within one month of receiving a complete application including an electronic copy of transcripts. If you have been issued a conditional offer, a sealed hard copy of official transcripts must be mailed to the School of Continuing Studies no later than the start of the program.

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

An IELTS score of 6.0  – (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and speaking is mandatory) (or equivalent English Language Proficiency Test) is required to be admitted in this program.

Please note that students that are entering our programs with an IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) will be monitored by the Program Manager.  Students that are struggling will be flagged and will be required to purchase a tutoring package.  Students can expect to pay up to $800 for tutoring support.

IELTS (Academic only) 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and speaking is mandatory)
TOEFL Paper 550
TOEFL Computer 213
TOEFL Internet 79-80
TOEIC 670 (Listening and Reading)290 (Speaking and Writing)
Cambridge ESOL First (FCE) – Grade B (scale 173 – 175)First (FCE) – Grade C (scale 169 – 172)
YUELI AP Level 7
DY Program (Destination York) Successfully Completed

While we highly recommend that international students submit their applications early to allow sufficient time to obtain a visa, applications must be received three weeks prior to the start of your course.

Transfer credit

You may be eligible to transfer a maximum of three equivalent course credits from other post-secondary institutions and receive advanced standing. Note: to be considered a full-time student in our program, you must take a minimum of three courses per term. A completed application must be received and approved prior to submitting transfer credit requests.

Transfer Credit requests can be forwarded to the Program Coordinator for approval via email at cpehelp@yorku.ca, or in writing to: School of Continuing Studies, Attention Program Coordinator, Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting,  4700 Keele Street – Room 123 Atkinson Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3. Transfer credit requests approved by the Program Manager will be discounted based on the cost of each course (maximum of three courses).

The School of Continuing Studies is not responsible for assessing transfer credit for CPA course equivalency. CPA-bound students are responsible for ensuring they have completed all of the CPA preparatory course requirements for entry to the CPA Professional Education Program. Approved courses for advanced standing in the York University School of Continuing Studies program must meet the following criteria:

  1. There must be a 90% overlap in content and curriculum, and equivalent number of contact hours as the courses offered in the School of Continuing Studies program.
  2. The courses must be at the university level (from an accredited academic institution) with a grade of B or better. Only CPA-recognized College equivalents will be considered for transfer credit from a Canadian College with a grade of B or better. Please include CPA documentation with course outline at the time of submission.
  3. All submissions must be sent in writing to the Program Manager along with
  • a complete transfer credit request form
  • an official transcript outlining the course completed
  • the contact hours
  • the final grade
  • the official transcript (sealed)

Full course outlines must also be submitted that contain

  • the full course description
  • learning objectives
  • assessment and reading materials
  • weekly content covered

Please note that incomplete packages cannot be reviewed.

Transfer credit requests may take a minimum of six-eight weeks to process and must be submitted before the start of the program.

What if I miss an exam?

You should be making every effort to meet York University’s General Academic Regulations, as well as each of your courses’ requirements. This includes attendance, assignments, and tests/exams. We understand, however, that unforeseen circumstances arise that may force you to miss an exam. If that’s the case, you must contact your instructor before the scheduled exam date by email. Please include your full name, student number, and the reason for your absence in the message. You must also provide valid documentation (i.e., a doctor’s note, death certificate, court/legal documentation, etc.) immediately following your return before alternative arrangements can be made. Please note that valid documentation has to be applicable to the assessment date.

Academic concerns during a course

If you have a concern regarding an assignment, midterm exam, etc., you should first meet with the instructor to discuss the situation. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, only then should you contact the Program Manager.

Final examination procedures

Online program

Students have the option of coming to York University’s Keele Campus to write their final exams with their peers or use the services of a virtual proctoring company called Examity.
The final exam on schedule can be found in the course outline.

Online proctoring allows a student to take their exam online from a quiet and distraction-free location, typically their home. Examity’s certified online proctors help students schedule their exam, test their technology components, and successfully complete their online exam while at home. The various benefits include the convenience of taking the online exam without having to travel to a testing center location. The cost per exam per course is approximately $30–35 US, which is not included in student tuition.

Alternate Examination Dates/Special Accommodation

Remember, it is your responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations* and procedures related to alternative examinations, or your course instructor in cases of missed coursework, within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam. Unfortunately, failure to do so will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam, and no further consideration will be granted.

Note: Supporting documentation will be required, but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).

The School of Continuing Studies works in partnership with York University’s Counselling & Disability Services and the Office of the Registrar to support alternate exam and test accommodation services for students with disabilities at the Keele campus. Please submit any Alternate Exam and test requests at least three (3) weeks in advance of the scheduled test dates.

Academic Disputes, Resolution and Appeal Policy

Students with sufficient academic grounds may request that a final grade or an assignment in a course be reappraised. To start the process, please complete a reappraisal form. Next, contact the Program Manager to discuss the grade received, and to request a re-review of a specific submission. He or she will select an appropriate instructor to look at the work in question, and will maintain anonymity of both the student and the reappraiser. Please note that a request for a grade reappraisal may result in the original grade being raised, lowered, or confirmed. Non-academic grounds are not relevant for grade reappraisals.

Help make our courses better

Student evaluations of both courses and instructors are an invaluable tool that we use to modify our programs based on your feedback, and we ask all students to participate in these anonymous evaluations either in-class or online.

How do I view my grades online?

You can access the student portal on our main website landing page at this link: Student Portal. You will need your student ID as well as your password to access the portal. Once final grades are submitted to the School of Continuing Studies office and approved, they will appear on your personal student record. The School of Continuing Studies does not provide official grade letters. If you require a letter confirming your attendance in the Program, please call our Registration Assistant at 416-736-2100 Ext 44617.

Grades

Grade Grade Point Per Cent Range Description
A+ 9 90-100 Exceptional
A 8 80-89 Excellent
B+ 7 75-79 Very Good
B 6 70-74 Good
C+ 5 65-69 Competent
C 4 60-64 Fairly Competent
D+ 3 55-59 Passing
D 2 50-54 Marginally Passing
E 1 (marginally below 50%) Marginally Failing
F 0 (below 50%) Failing

Definitions of Grading Descriptions

  • A+ Exceptional. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and exceptional skill or great originality in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • A Excellent. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a high degree of skill and/or some elements of originality in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • B+ Very Good. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a fairly high degree of skill in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • B Good. Good level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • C+ Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • C Fairly Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with some skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • D+ Passing. Slightly better than minimal knowledge of required concepts and/or techniques together with some ability to use them in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • D Barely Passing. Minimum knowledge of concepts and/or techniques needed to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.
  • E Marginally Failing.
  • F Failing.

How do I obtain a course or tax receipt?

Income Tax receipts will be available online on the School of Continuing Studies website in February. Select “Tax Receipts” and it will lead you to a secure login page that you can access using your student number and password. Please refer to the income tax guide for allowable deductions.

Session transfers

Please contact the Program Manager if you wish to transfer to another session. Transfer requests may only be granted for documented medical reasons.

Cancellation of programs

The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to withdraw or cancel programs/courses, and students will receive a full refund of fees paid. The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to alter fees, other charges, and course dates, times, locations, and/or instructors. Please note that the School of Continuing Studies is not responsible for travel cancellation charges that students may incur.

Fees

Ancillary and Service Fees
Withdrawal Fees for certificate programs $100.00 per course
Continuing Studies Student Record Fee $ 15.00 (plus HST)
Exam/assignment duplication fee $ 15.00 (plus HST)
Returned cheques $ 25.00
Installment fee (NON-REFUNDABLE) $ 125.00 **
Certificate replacement fee $ 52.00 (plus HST)

How do I withdraw from the Program and get a refund?

Students registered in a program offered by the School of Continuing Studies may withdraw from the program. However, they are strongly advised to consult with the Program Manager before a final decision is made. A full refund is granted only when the School of Continuing Studies cancels a program. Refunds will be issued by the method of payment that was used (credit card, cheque if original payment was money order and Wire Transfer). Withdrawal requests must be submitted on the official School of Continuing Studies Withdrawal Request Form to the School of Continuing Studies and subject terms listed in the table below.

Notice of withdrawal will be printed on the Official Income Tax Receipt.

Part-time Programs (Online or Blended)

Please complete the Withdrawal Request Form and email it to continue@yorku.ca.

  • If you withdraw 7 calendar days prior to the start of the program, you will receive a 75% refund of program tuition instalment and no academic penalty.
  • If you withdraw between 6 calendar days prior to the start of the program to 14 calendar days after the start of the program, you will receive a 50% refund of program tuition instalment and no academic penalty.
  • No refunds will be issued after the first 14 days of the program.

How do I obtain a copy of my Student Record?

Notice of withdrawal will be printed on the Official Income Tax Receipt.

If you are a School of Continuing Studies student and require a copy of your Student Record, please access the Student Portal, (you will need your student ID as well as your password to access the portal) and click on the Grades link.

What happens if I fail a course?

If you do not pass a course (achieve a final grade below 50% or D) you may still be permitted to continue in the Program if the course is not a pre-requisite for the subsequently scheduled course in the Program, however, you will have to repeat that course with another cohort. If a failed course is a pre-requisite for the subsequent course in the program, you will not be permitted to continue in the Program.

General York University Policies

All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the following information, available on the Senate Committee on Curriculum & Academic Standards webpage: http://www.yorku.ca/secretariat/policies/index-policies.html

Confidentiality

In the spirit of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), York University and the School of Continuing Studies work to ensure that instructors and participants acknowledge and respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that may be presented in the context of instruction. Instructors will document the amount of personal information that is collected, used, or disclosed in their sessions, and will ensure that all identifying personal information is omitted from all written documents. To maintain privacy, students should not bring or share personal or other confidential files or records with the class. We are committed to protecting your privacy and your financial security, and we do this in several ways:

  • Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
  • Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.

York University Privacy Policy

Student Conduct

  • Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy and mutual respect.
  • It is the instructor’s responsibility to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom.
  • The instructor will decide whether such an atmosphere is no longer present in a class, and is trained to take appropriate steps to return to a professional environment.

If you feel this policy has been violated, you should notify your instructor as soon as possible. You may be asked to provide a detailed written description of the complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the School of Continuing Studies for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: http://www.yorku.ca/scdr/ Please find the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities here.

University closures/class cancellations

Weather Rule

If the University is open, classes will be running. If the University is closed, classes will not be running. Any missed classes will be rescheduled. University Closures/Class Cancellations: (416.736.5600 OR www.yorku.ca). While this is rare, weather and/or other emergencies do occur that require us to suspend our operations. While every effort will be made to contact students, this is not always possible. If you are unsure of whether the course is running, please call the University’s weather/emergency information line, or check our Twitter feed (@Continue_YorkU).