Other Industry/Association Certifications and Professional Designations

AU business courses are recognized by a number of professional associations toward their professional designations or to fulfill ongoing training/updating requirements.


The Association of Administrative Professionals (AAP), formerly the AAA, is a chartered Canadian, non-profit, professional organization founded in 1951. The Faculty of Business offers a variety of courses that fulfill the Canadian Certified Administrative Professional (CCAP) program requirements.

AIC/UBC Real Estate

The AACI designation is granted to individuals who have completed the AACI program of studies and fulfilled all the professional requirements of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. AACI members are qualified to offer valuation and consulting services and expertise for all types of real property. Athabasca University (AU) Faculty of Business recognizes Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) courses taken for credit with the UBC Real Estate Division towards its business degrees and meeting the requirements of the AACI designation. Information on the current credit awards can be found by searching University of British Columbia courses on our transfer credit database. AU courses can also meet the 36 credits of UBC/AIC PGCV Admission General and Core Business/Commerce topics required. For more information, contact the AU Faculty of Business Student Support Centre.


Achieve one of the highest distinctions in the investment management profession: Become a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®). As a CFA® charterholder, you will have the knowledge and the skills to thrive in the competitive investing industry. The CFA® charter gives you expertise and real-world skills in investment analysis. Join more than 170,000 professionals who have been recognized globally for their commitment to ethics and professionalism. How to Become a CFA Charterholder.


The HRPA (Human Resources Professionals Association) is the HR professional association in Ontario. It welcomes anyone practicing HR in Ontario, with an interest in human resources, or studying to one day become an HR professional. The CHRP designation is available exclusively through the HRPA. The Certified Human Resources Professional designation validates your knowledge of HR, your workplace readiness and your commitment to career-long learning. Learn more about the coursework requirements that can be taken with Athabasca University to earn your CHRP designation here.


The Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preparing men and women for professional positions in a financial environment. Students can become a certified Bookkeeper through CIB by completing 9 academic courses. These courses cannot be taken directly through CIB but instead are taken at approved colleges or universities. Athabasca University offers courses that will fill 5 of the 9 academic courses.


The Canadian Institute of Financial Planning (CIFP) offers a Certified Financial Planner™ program leading to the internationally recognized CFP™ designation. This program provides individuals with the necessary knowledge and practical skills to begin a career in this growing profession. Some of these courses are transferable to the Bachelor of Management or Bachelor of Commerce programs. Credit may also be reviewed for the Life License Qualification and Canadian Investment Funds courses if taken directly through IFIC. Information on current credit awards can be found on our transfer credit database.


The Canadian Management Institute is Canada’s senior management association. CIM accepts AU courses toward the completion of the Chartered Management Program that can lead to the Certified in Management (C.I.M.) or Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) professional designations. The courses that they accept can be applied to a Bachelor of Management or Bachelor of Commerce. The C.Mgr. designation is accepted by the Athabasca University MBA program if students also have management experience.


The Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) awards the CORS Diploma, in association with recognized Canadian universities, to students who have completed a program of studies with significant content in Operations Management. The objective of the diploma, as stated by the CORS, is to encourage students to pursue an educational program with significant exposure to operational research, and to recognize their achievement in successfully completing such a program. The Faculty of Business offers courses that can be applied toward the CORS Diploma.


The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) offers the Payroll Management Certificate Program (PMCP). Completion of one or more levels of the PMCP is considered by many organizations to be a prerequisite for payroll employment. Whether you are new to payroll or want to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise, the CPA’s Payroll Management Certificate Program can help move your career forward. With 3 levels; PA – Payroll Administrator, PS – Payroll Supervisor and PM – Payroll Manager, the PMCP certification is your professional advantage. The CPA accepts Athabasca University courses to meet some of the PMCP requirements.


The Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) is an executive development program offered by universities across Canada in partnership with the Insurance Institute. To gain entrance into the FCIP designation program, students must first graduate from the CIP program. For further details, including eligibility, please contact the Insurance Institute of Canada.


The Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) accreditation is Canada’s most sought-after and widely-held designation in supply chain management. The highest achievement in the field, it is the mark of strategic leadership. Individuals who have successfully completed a degree or diploma program in a business-related function at a Canadian university, college or technical institute will be deemed to have met the admission requirement. Other individuals will need to obtain business management knowledge through post-secondary courses or SCMA educational offerings.


The Society of Actuaries has three designations: ASA, CERA and FSA. An actuary is a business professional who analyzes the financial consequences of risk. SOA members work in life insurance, retirement systems, health benefit systems, financial and investment management and other emerging areas of practice. The Faculty of Business offers some courses in economics, finance and management science that can be used toward the education requirements of SOA’s designations.

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