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Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting – Online

Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting – Online

Elevate your accounting expertise

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September 19th




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Continue your accounting education in this completely online program and prepare for the next stage of your career. Further hone your accounting skill set while gaining leadership and prepare to earn a CPA designation.

Why take Advanced Professional Accounting?

Accounting professionals are an essential member of any organization, as they record, organize and interpret a business vital financial information. If you are planning to pursue your CPA designation, our accelerated Advanced Professional Accounting program gives you the opportunity to continue your accounting education while simultaneously sharpening your leadership skills. You will acquire the skills and knowledge to advance your accounting career and pursue managerial and leadership positions in this essential field.

What You Will Learn

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, as well as general business acumen, problem solving, presentation skills, and much more. The program culminates with a unique capstone course where you will apply the knowledge you have developed through the program towards exciting, practical real-world challenges.

Program Benefits

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. You will strengthen and validate your accounting skill set and earn a valuable credential faster to prove your expertise as you look for career opportunities.

In this program, you will also benefit from studying alongside a community of accounting students who are completing the program on the same schedule. This allows for the curriculum to flow logically from one course to the next and the opportunity for you to build support networks with your classmates and instructors, which will be hugely beneficial as you establish and advance your career.

Format: Part-Time, 100% online
Delivery: Fully online coursework
Program Length: 1 year, 10 months (9 courses)
Term Starts: Fall, Winter


Instructors in the Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting – Online all possess industry
experience with companies such as
Wiley Publishers and SickKids hospital.
Eligible Credentials

Delivery Format

Part-Time– Online (Asynchronous)

Courses instruction and peer interactions are done online through our course management system, Moodle. Course delivery is asynchronous, which means that while students have set deadlines to complete their work each week, they do not have any required “live” components (e.g. class at 7pm on Tuesdays).  There may be optional, live sessions, via Zoom, throughout the course for the instructor to provide additional coaching and support.  These optional sessions may be recorded and shared with students who cannot attend.

Students complete one course at a time which helps to balance multiple priorities such as work, home life, personal responsibilities, etc.  Students should expect to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours of effort per course, each week, for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, assignments, etc.

Students can expect to write exams/quizzes, complete assignments (individual and group), and participate in live and online discussions with their peers.

Career Potential

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. In this program, you will master these key competencies that will prepare you to pursue the jobs you want and continually advance in your career.

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).

Professional Associations

Once you’ve earned the Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting, you are ready for the graduate level CPA Professional Education Program (PEP). 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.

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Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that requirements of the external designation are met.

Please review a full list of our accounting courses and their respective CPA preparatory course equivalencies.


Get hired for jobs like:

Accounting Specialist
Accounting Manager
Financial Analyst
Financial Controller

Gain these skills:

Communication Skills
Critical Thinking

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 (Micro- and Macro), 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
Enrolment Requirements

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

  • 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)

Review the minimum language scores for this program.

  • 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.
  • 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


CSAC3594 Intermediate Financial Acct I

Major aspects of financial accounting, in areas of required knowledge and core competencies, as laid out by the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada. Areas of study will include a framework for financial reporting, accounting judgements, evaluating financial reporting needs and processes to support reliable financial reporting, and the implications of current trends and emerging issues in financial reporting.

39 Hours

CSAC3595 Intermediate Financial Acct II

Building on the knowledge competencies developed in Intermediate Financial Accounting I, this course will expand knowledge and skills in financial reporting to include: identifying and analyzing specialized financial reporting requirements; developing and evaluating financial statements; analyzing accounting policies and procedures; preparing financial statements, and evaluating treatment of routine, non-routine, and complex transactions.

39 Hours

CSAC3510 Intermediate & Adv Mgt Accounting

This course covers intermediate and advanced theories and techniques of Management Accounting. It will provide a comprehensive study of costing for decision-making, planning and performance evaluation. Students will expand their knowledge and understanding of Management Accounting through technical analysis, integrated cases, and class discussion.

39 Hours

CSAC4520 Advanced Financial Acct

The primary focus of this course will be to cover advanced topics in financial accounting. These include: investments in associates with significant influence, business combinations, foreign currency transactions, foreign owned investments, and accounting for not-for-profit organizations.

39 Hours

CSAC3561 Taxation Principles in Acct

This course offers an overview of the Canadian income tax system. The course introduces the Income Tax Act and the technical rules that define the tax system – tax base, accounting period, rate structure, tax filing unit and administrative apparatus – and tax expenditures. It also looks at personal and corporate income tax topics, including: the purposes of the system; the structure of the Income Tax Act; employment income and fringe benefits; business income; capital cost allowance and cumulative eligible capital; property income; capital gains; other incomes; deductions and tax credits; non-arm’s length transactions; and attribution rules.

39 Hours

CSAC2511 Accounting Information Systems

Examine an overview of information systems – from conceptual design to actual selection, with emphasis on systems management. The strategic role of information technology within a competitive business environment will be explored, along with the ethical implications. The technical foundations of information systems, their impact on an organization’s management, (knowledge accumulation and decision-making) will be illustrated through software simulations and hands-on practical assignments.

39 Hours

CSAC4551 Auditing

This course is an introduction to the theory, underlying principles, and the practice of assurance services. Topics include: purpose of the audit, quality control practices in audit, legal liability of the auditor, professional judgment and ethics in auditing, management assertions and the related audit objectives, auditor considerations in client acceptance, materiality; the audit risk model, internal controls and the impact on the audit, audit evidence, audit strategy, audit reports and an overview of other assurance and non-assurance services.

39 Hours

CSAC4900 Strategy Mgt & Corporate Governance

This course examines how companies respond to competitive pressures and other issues using the strategic management process, including identifying, formulating, evaluating and implementing business strategies. In our analysis, we will examine the company as a whole and further your understanding of the importance of the various functional areas of business. You will solve strategic problems by analyzing complex business situations and identifying core issues. Qualitative and quantitative data will be used. You will apply strategic concepts as part of your analysis and implement changes in strategic direction. A case study approach is used.

39 Hours

CSAC3700 Applied Capstone

This course is a culmination of the certificate and will provide students with an opportunity to use the skills learned thus far to real world situations. The course will have students analyze numerous cases with increasing complexity, thereby enhancing their skills and confidence in pinpointing issues within an organization. In addition, the course will cover essential techniques needed to analyze organizations in the real world. Students will learn how to prepare an analysis that can then be presented to management, while ensuring all backup and important requirements have been covered off. The format of the final report and presentation will be that of a real consulting project, giving students a genuine feel for how such work is conducted.

30 Hours


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Supinder Babra

Financial Controller, Entrematic Inc. North America

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Neil Ganatra

Audit Supervisor, Office of the Auditor General of Ontario

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Syeda Fahmida Habib

M.Fin., MBA, DBA

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John Nashid

Project Manager, The Hospital of Sick Children

Adam Prokop

Senior Risk Analyst and Consultant, Real Estate Industry

Carol Tristani

Professor of Accounting, Mohawk College

Advisory Council

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

Grant McEwen

CPA, CA, SVP & CFO, Chubb Insurance

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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

Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting – Online

Fall 2022


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