Develop a solid accounting foundation and the professional skills required to succeed.
Excelling in an accounting position requires much more than just technical knowledge. In fact, many top employers believe that emotional intelligence, critical thinking, communication, and business acumen are equally important skills to have. Accounting professionals who master these key competencies routinely receive the best job offers and promotions throughout their careers.
If your goal is to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), we can help you. Our Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting will deepen your understanding of accounting while simultaneously sharpening your critical thinking, communication, and management skills.
Designed in consultation with senior industry executives, thought leaders, and prominent York University academics, the Certificate will equip you with relevant and in-demand knowledge and all course content will be immediately applicable in the workplace. The program culminates with a unique final capstone course where you will apply your knowledge to real-world business challenges, so you’ll be prepared for your next job interview.
The Post-graduate Certificate in Accounting will qualify you for roles in the accounting and finance fields, to get the necessary industry experience before you ultimately achieve the CPA designation.
Our flexible accounting education is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of students. The entire program can be completed in just one academic year of full-time study, which is considerably quicker than comparable certificates. You will also benefit from studying alongside a network of peers who are completing the program on the same schedule.
Need a break from your studies? You can always transfer to the next cohort.
Preparing for your CPA designation.
The Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting is the first step towards becoming a practicing Chartered Professional Accountant. Step two is applying to the Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting, an accelerated program that continues your CPA preparation and provides valuable training in accounting and finance. Both certificates can be completed in less than two years of full-time study.
Once you’ve earned your certificates, you are now ready for the graduate level CPA Professional Education Program (PEP). Unlike students who complete college accounting programs, you will be fully prepared for graduate level courses as a result of your university training. With your York education and the CPA PEP under your belt, you will then go on to write your CPA Final Exam and receive your designation.
For a full list of our accounting courses and their respective CPA preparatory course equivalencies, please click here.
“I chose the Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting at York due to its fast-track ability in order to get my CPA. The most rewarding aspect is the tight knit class that we had. Small classes help for better learning. I learnt a lot about the business world in general and how to relate in it. It was like a crash course in ‘How to be Successful'”
Who should take this program?
College or university graduates outside the field of accounting who are looking to add to their resume with the goal of:
- Launching a career in finance or accounting
- Seeking the Chartered Professional Accountant designation
- Enhancing and validating their accounting acumen
- Adding a post-secondary accounting credential to support their plans for career growth
- Earning a Canadian accounting credential from a respected institution
“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
In-class, full-time: Earn your post-graduate certificate in just one academic year by studying full-time on campus in our accelerated program.
This full-time post-graduate certificate program will prepare you for a successful career in accounting and finance roles in just one academic year while helping you to effectively balance your professional and personal responsibilities.
International students benefit from additional supports, including York’s exclusive Mastering Canadian Business and Canadian Academic & Business English courses, to help you excel in this accelerated full-time program.
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 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.
York University’s Post-Graduate Certificate in 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.
Unlike other Canadian Accounting certificates that only offer classes in the evening and on weekends, York offers a full-time schedule. Despite the accelerated format of the full-time program, the course scheduling provides opportunities for students to study and work outside the class schedule.
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.
Courses are offered at our vibrant Toronto campus. While everything students require can be found on our safe and welcoming campus, convenient transit and highway access helps you enjoy all that the Toronto, Canada, area has to offer.
Graduates of the Certificate in 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.
Accounting Advisory Council
Senior executives from many of Toronto’s leading organizations help us ensure that our graduates have the skills and knowledge that employers value most, including the following:
- Gary Spraakman, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
- Allister Byrne, Former President & CEO, Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV) retired
- Edward Jonasson, CFO, Xagenic Inc.
- Tom Kofman, CA, CPA, Chairman, M Partners Inc.
- Tara Lenaghan, MBA, FICB Head, Global Learning & Development Operations, KPMG International
- Andrea Linhofer, Partner, Deloitte
- Grant McEwen, CPA, CA, SVP & CFO, Chubb Insurance
- Nadine Petsche, MBA CPA CA, Director, Accounting Policy and Financial Reporting, Office of the Provincial Controller Division, Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat
- Drew Stewart, Head, Capital Markets & Product Operations Accounting, BMO
- Susan Wolcott, Thought Leader for CPA Canada, Accounting Instructor, and Independent Scholar
Our Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting is offered in a full-time, in-class format, as well as an online format. To select the appropriate program, consider the format that best suits your learning style, your schedule, and your need for flexibility.
FULL-TIME IN-CLASS FORMAT:
- Classes meet daily (Monday–Friday) with specific days allocated as study days.
- Class size will range from 25–50 students, with a mix of domestic and international students.
- All classes are held at the main campus of York University at Keele and Steeles.
- You should expect 12 to 14 hours of reading per week in addition to assignments and test preparation.
This format was designed to make our program accessible to those working full-time, or those who may not be able to complete the course within a specific timeframe.
- Courses may be completed according to your schedule; there is no “live” requirement.
- You will go through the program with the same group of people, allowing for a deeper peer-learning experience.
- You will know when each course is scheduled at the beginning so you can plan accordingly.
- Courses will not be cancelled, so you can complete the program on time.
- You should expect to allocate six to nine hours per week to complete your work.
- Final exams will be done online for an additional fee from the comfort of your home on the last Sunday of the course.
The courses are interactive and include case studies, weekly discussions, group work, videos, simulations, and narrated audio and video presentations.
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.
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.
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
Open Saturday for the month of September.
CLOSED Saturday & Sunday.
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.
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
Full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting (Fall 2019)
Full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting (Winter 2020)
|$15,199.00||Applications accepted starting Summer 2019|
Full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting (Winter 2020)
|$6,599.00||Applications accepted starting Summer 2019|
Instalment Plan Policy
The School of Continuing Studies allows students in certificate programs the option of paying in two or more installments. You must pay the initial payment as stated below and then make any number of online payments that you choose, provided you pay the entire balance before the stated due date. Students opting for the instalment plan will also be charged a one-time, non-refundable administrative fee of $125 that is due at the time of registration. The following are the details of the instalment plan policy according to the full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting:
- Domestic Students – The first payment of 50% of the tuition fee is due upon registration, with the balance due before the first day of the first course.
- International Students – The first payment of $4,999 is due upon registration, with the remaining balance due before the first day of the first course. Please note, if you enrol in a package that includes additional English Language Preparation programs, there may be additional costs and balance obligations.
- Customized payment plans are available to align to employer policies but are not available for individuals. For further information please contact the Program Manager at 416-736-5616.
- A student that fails to make instalment payments as required will not be permitted to continue in the program.
To be admitted to the all full-time CPE Certificate Programs (Human Resources, Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Business Administration, Digital & Content Marketing, Public Relations), applicants must have:
- minimum of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of a 60% average (C)
- 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.
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)|
|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 requests can be forwarded to the Program Coordinator for approval via email at email@example.com, 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- All submissions must be sent in writing to the Program Manager along with
- 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.
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.
If possible, please contact your instructor before the class. In your message, be sure to include your full name, student number, and the reason for your absence. You’ll then be required to make arrangements with your instructor to make up the missed hours. Normally, the instructor will assign you a short assignment based on the readings of the class missed.
Like our students, York University instructors work hard to make it to every class on time. However, should he or she be forced to cancel your class due to an absence, you will be notified via email as soon as possible by the School of Continuing Studies. Instructor absences will also be posted on the course website on the Moodle learning management system in the course announcements section. Upon the instructor’s return to class, make-up class details will be discussed.
Students can use laptops and other electronic devices during class. Out of respect for your instructor and fellow classmates, please reserve the use of electronic equipment during class time for academic purposes. Instructors reserve the right to ask students to leave the classroom if they do not comply with this practice.
Students are not permitted to record lectures or take pictures without the consent of instructors and/or fellow students. We ask that students not post course content on external websites. Students who are registered with Accessibility Services and have accommodations approved for recording lectures are permitted to do so with the instructor’s knowledge.
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 examinations are held typically on the last day of the course (during scheduled class time) in the full-time program, and on the last Sunday of each course in the part-time online program (if applicable for a particular course). Online exams will be proctored using an online proctoring service, which requires a webcam and high-speed Internet connection. Remember, if you do not attend an exam without prior notification and valid documents, you will receive a grade of zero (0%). The following rules apply to all testing situations:
- Photo ID is required and must be displayed during the exam.
- Backpacks, purses, wallets, etc., must be placed in a location designated by the proctor.
- Students may not turn over and begin the exam until the proctor directs them to do so.
- Students are not permitted to talk after the exam has started, except to the proctor.
- Students may not leave in the first 30 minutes of an exam.
- Students may not enter the exam room after 30 minutes, or after any student has exited the exam room.
- The proctor has the authority to assign seats.
- No unauthorized software is permitted in computer exams.
- All personal electronic devices must be turned off and placed away from the student.
- Mathematical calculators are allowed, if needed.
- Should a student need to leave the room during the exam for a washroom break, they may be accompanied. The proctor will ensure the elapsed time is reasonable. No other student will be permitted to leave the class until the previous student returns.
Accommodations will be made for students with disabilities, as determined by SCS. Please contact the Program Manager for more information regarding accommodations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Grade||Grade Point||Per Cent Range||Description|
|E||1||(marginally below 50%)||Marginally 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.
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.
Please contact the Program Manager if you wish to transfer to another session. Transfer requests may only be granted for documented medical reasons.
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.
|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)|
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.
|Domestic Students||International Students*|
|Withdrawal from the program:
||Withdraw from the program:
* Exceptions: VISA denials or students who have not obtained visa by the visa deadline date receive full refund minus a $250 program fee plus non-refundable instalment plan fee of $125 if applicable. The School of Continuing Studies would be pleased to defer the registration to the next session date.
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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: https://oscr.students.yorku.ca/csrr
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 (@).