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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 instructors 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.




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 on a full-time basis.

  • 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.
  • The courses are interactive and include case studies, weekly discussions, group work, videos, simulations, and narrated audio and video presentations.

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


Neil-GanatraNeil Ganatra, CPA, CA, CFE

Neil Ganatra is an experienced audit and accounting practitioner. He has worked on financial statement assurance engagements for a wide variety of clients across multiple industries in both the public and private sector. He is qualified as a Chartered Professional Account (CPA, CA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has a Certificate of Enterprise Risk Management in the Public Sector from the Schulich School of Business, Executive Education Centre.

Neil is passionate about education and has gained valuable experience in teaching through a variety of roles, such as teaching for CPA Ontario’s Professional Education Program (PEP). He has also worked in educational content and curriculum development and conducted research for accounting and audit projects. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed coaching and mentoring CPA candidates and volunteering in the community.

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.

Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses

Program Policies


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

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


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