Meeting the challenges of your future

Athabasca University’s (AU) Faculty of Business provides specific online courses and business programs to help you meet the requirements for entering the graduate level Professional Education Program of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada).

CPAlogo_extrawhite3Becoming a CPA

The Athabasca University Faculty of Business is working together with the new CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants) association to ensure your accounting needs are met, but be sure you understand and keep apprised of any new regulations or requirements moving forward by researching with your provincial association. Learn more »

Information for transitioning CGA students

The CGA Program of Professional Studies will end in September 2015, at which time students who have not completed the CGA program will transfer into the CPA program. Learn more »

Obtaining the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF)

Whether you’re a new college graduate from a two-year program, working in an accounting function without a recognized credential, or an internationally trained accountant, the CPA Canada Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) provides the applied accounting and finance skills necessary to enhance career prospects in accounting and finance.

In addition, Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business will recognize the skills earned within CPA Canada’s ACAF and will provide students transfer credit and a bridging pathway toward earning an online Bachelor of Commerce degree – a stepping stone toward entering the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). Learn more »

Become a CPA

Accountants in Canada have historically held one of three professional designations.

Today, the associations that grant these designations are in the process of merging into one national organization: Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada.

For full information on the merger of the Canadian accounting designations and becoming a CPA, visit their web site:

CA/CGA/CMA Students

If you are finishing a CA/CGA/CMA designation, you can still find your course information here:

Accounting Programs

AU’s Faculty of Business provides specific courses and programs to help you meet the requirements for various professional designations including the new Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

PLEASE NOTE: Most post-secondary courses are intended to meet the needs of a varied student audience and thus may not fulfill the requirements of any one professional accounting organization in their entirety. As a result, you should not rely solely on the courses listed herein to provide you with the level of knowledge, comprehension, or application required by entrance or other qualifying exams. You are encouraged to study for these exams based on the specific requirements outlined in the most recent syllabus of the applicable professional accounting organization. This may mean that you need to supplement your post-secondary course work with more syllabus-specific studies.