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Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting – Full-Time

Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting – Full-Time

Elevate your accounting expertise

Next Enrolment

September 8th, January 12th


$7,425 (Domestic)

$17,099 (International)


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Continue your accounting education in this accelerated program. Further hone your accounting skill set while gaining leadership skills so you can pursue career advancement opportunities 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’s 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

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting equips you with the valuable skills you need to further your career in accounting or finance. 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 capstone course where you will apply the knowledge you have developed through the program towards exciting, practical real-world challenges.

Program Benefits

In this program, you will benefit from studying alongside a community of accounting students who are completing the program on the same schedule. This allows for 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.

The program’s accelerated offerings will also allow you to complete the program in eight months of full-time study. 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.

Format: Full-time
Delivery: In-class
Term Starts: Fall, Winter, Summer
Program Length: 9 months

Eligible Credentials:

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.

Your road to the CPA designation roadmap graphic

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

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

Get hired for jobs like:

Accounting Specialist
Accounts Manager
Accounting Analyst

Gain these skills:

Communication Skills
Critical Thinking

Delivery Format

Courses are conducted in-person at York University main campus at a regularly scheduled day and time. Courses are typically scheduled four days per week, 3 hours per day. An instructor will facilitate your learning each step of the way. In addition to the live instruction, students should budget approximately 8-10 hours per course each week for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, assignments, etc.

In the event the university restricts on-campus attendance due to COVID-19, courses will continue, as scheduled, Live Online via Zoom.

Who should take this program?

This program is perfect if you completed the Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting and want to further expand your accounting knowledge and skills, prepare for senior or managerial roles and pursue the CPA designation. You can also join this program if you have already completed or received exemption from the CPA preparatory courses: Introductory Financial Accounting, Introductory Management Accounting, Economics (Micro- and Macro-), and Statistics.

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.)
  • Online application form
  • Proof of language proficiency (international students only)
  • Statement of Interest video
  • Resume

Review the minimum language scores for this program.

Admission into the full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting program is highly competitive. Please note that meeting the minimum entry requirement does not guarantee admission.

  • Minimum of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of a 60% average (C) or 3-year Canadian College Diploma with minimum ‘B’ or 70% average
  • 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.


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.

13 Classes

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.

13 Classes

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.

13 Classes

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.

13 Classes

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.

13 Classes

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.

13 Classes

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.

13 Classes

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.

13 Classes

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.

10 Classes

30 Hours


Supinder Babra Accounting Instructor

Supinder Babra

Anna Marie Christian Advanced Accounting Instructor

Anna-Marie Christian

Desislava Georgieva Accounting Instructor

Desislava Georgieva

Syeda Fahmida Habib Accounting Instructor

Syeda Fahmida Habib

Andy Li Advanced Accounting Instructor

Andy Li

Aron Mak Advanced Accounting Instructor

Aron Mak

Jeff May Advanced Accounting Instructor

Jeff May

Saurab Mehta Accounting Instructor

Saurab Mehta

Timothy Ng Advanced Accounting Instructor

Timothy Ng

Adam Prokop Accounting Instructor

Adam Prokop

Accounting Instructor Amal Shabana

Amal Shabana

Andy Tse Advanced Accounting Instructor

Andy Tse

Riana Vumbaca Advanced Accounting Instructor

Riana Vumbaca

Calvin Wang Accounting Instructor

Calvin Wang

Advisory Council

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Allister Byrne

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Edward Jonasson

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Tom Kofman

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Tara Lenaghan

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Grant McEwen

Nadine Petsche Accounting Advisory Council

Nadine Petsche

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Drew Stewart

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Susan Wolcott

Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Accounting – Full-Time

Fall 2022

On Campus Classes

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$7,425.00 (Domestic)

Fall 2022

On Campus Classes

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$17,099.00 (International)

Winter 2023

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$7,425.00 (Domestic)

Winter 2023

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$17,099.00 (International)

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