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Looking to pivot into the industry or looking for Canadian qualifications?

Our fully online Certificate in Accounting – Finance provides students with a gateway to opportunity — graduates leave confident that they have the relevant skills and knowledge necessary for a career in accounting, from entry-level positions to the pursuit of higher levels of certification.

With courses accredited by the Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) organization and networking opportunities with experienced professionals, this certificate provides learners with further opportunities for success and growth.

Industry and Careers
A career in accounting is full of opportunities – in any industry and across all sectors. This certificate can lead to career paths in roles such as:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget analyst
  • Fund accountant
  • Business or credit analyst
  • Payroll officer
  • Property accountant

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • College or university graduates of non-accounting fields who want to pursue the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation
  • Newcomers to Canada who are seeking a Canadian university credential in accounting and finance to build their resume and help secure a job
  • Working professionals with the goal of pivoting their career into accounting or finance

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will be able to:

  • Measure and report financial transactions
  • Analyze financial information communicated through statements
  • Identify, classify, and summarize costs and expenses
  • Prepare budgets and determine variances
  • Understand different cost-accounting systems
  • Address problems related to cost determination, allocation, budgeting, and control
  • Apply key practices of management accounting for improved business performance

Certificate Requirements

  • 6 required courses*
  • 2 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) 1.67+

*If you are an internationally educated professional who has received a waiver from CPA Ontario for CACC 110 and CACC 410, you may apply to the academic coordinator to waive these courses. If granted a waiver, you will need to complete 4 electives (instead of 2) to fulfill the certificate requirements.

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Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits

OR

  • Mature student status with relevant professional experience in business
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Professional Designations and Accreditation

The path to becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant requires dedicated effort; the career benefits of achieving this professional designation make that effort worthwhile.

When choosing your elective courses in the Certificate in Accounting-Finance, be sure to select courses that count as CPA preparatory courses (refer to the chart below).

Required Courses Prerequisites CPA Preparatory Course?
CACC 110 - Financial Accounting   Yes
CACC 410 - Management Accounting CACC 110 Yes
CACC 414 - Intermediate Accounting I CACC 410 Yes
CACC 514 - Intermediate Accounting II CACC 414 Yes
CFIN 300 - Managerial Finance I CACC 110 Yes
CFIN 401 - Managerial Finance II CFIN 300 Yes
Elective Courses (Select Two) Prerequisites CPA Preparatory Course?
CACC 504 - Accounting Cases and Concepts I CACC 514 Yes
CACC 521 - Auditing CACC 514 Yes
CACC 522 - Taxation for Managers and Financial Planners CACC 110  
CFIN 502 - Personal Financial Planning CFIN 300  
CITM 102 - Business Information Systems I    
CLAW 122 - Business Law   Yes
CQMS 210-Applied Statistics for Business   Yes

 

By completing the Certificate in Accounting – Finance with electives that count as CPA preparatory courses and the Certificate in Advanced Accounting, you will have the majority of courses you need to start the CPA PEP Program.

With two additional elective courses from the Certificate in Accounting-Finance and the four CPA preparatory courses offered in other programs at Ryerson, you will be ready to continue your professional journey with the CPA PEP Program.

For a full list of our accounting courses, their respective CPA preparatory course equivalencies, the minimum grade you must achieve for consideration into the CPA PEP Program, please refer to CPA Ontario's course equivalency chart.
 

Awards and Financial Aid

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Frequently Asked Questions

In what order should I take the courses?

For a student aiming to take two courses per term, and whose goal is to pursue the CPA designation, a typical course sequence might look like this:

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Receive Certificate in Accounting-Finance

Additional CPA preparatory courses

CACC110

CACC410

CACC414

CACC 514

 

CACC 521

 

CLAW122

CFIN 300

CFIN 401

CACC 504

 

For a student aiming to take one course per term, and whose goal is to pursue the CPA designation, a typical course sequence might look like this:

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Term 7

Term 8

CACC110

CACC410

CACC414

CACC 514

CACC504

CLAW122

CFIN300

CFIN401

I’m an international student with an education in accounting; is it possible to get CACC 110 and CACC 410 waived?

Yes. Internationally educated professionals who have taken formal accounting courses outside of Canada may have their credentials assessed by CPA Ontario. If CPA Ontario grants an exemption of the equivalent of CACC 110 and CACC 410, Ryerson University will honour that exemption.

Note that you will still need to take eight courses to complete the Certificate in Accounting – Finance: four required and four electives.

How does an accounting course by distance work?

Online learning is a great way to fit in studying with a busy lifestyle. Our online accounting courses are taught by expert instructors and each course has been created to ensure that there is a balance of both independent and collaborative working. Each course is different, with some including group projects and others including webinar sessions. 

How much time do I have to complete the Certificate in Accounting-Finance?

Most students take between two to four years to complete an eight-course certificate. According to Ryerson’s policy, you must complete this certificate within five years of registration in the certificate program.

I’m an international student with an education in accounting; is it possible to get CACC 110 and CACC 410 waived?

Yes. Internationally educated professionals who have taken formal accounting courses outside of Canada may have their credentials assessed by CPA Ontario. If CPA Ontario grants an exemption of the equivalent of CACC 110 and CACC 410, Ryerson University will honour that exemption.

Note that you will still need to take eight courses to complete the Certificate in Accounting – Finance: four required and four electives.

How much time is involved per week, per course?

As a general guideline, you should allow five to ten additional hours per week per course outside of the classroom hours. This will vary from week to week and will depend on your learning style and your personal grade goals. For online courses, plan to spend an average of six to eight hours a week working through the modules, reading, participating in discussions, and completing assignments. If your end goal is to pursue the CPA designation to become a Chartered Professional Accountant, grade minimums can be found in the CPA Course Equivalency Chart

Is there career support available for current Chang School students?

Yes, our Career Education Specialist Dena Marcos can help you change or choose your career path, develop a job search strategy and improve your resumé, cover letter, networking and interview skills, or LinkedIn profile. 

What is the cost of completing this certificate?

There is no set tuition fee for the certificate program; students pay per course. For domestic students taking courses in the 2019-20 academic year, the total cost of the six required courses in this certificate is approximately $3720 and the elective courses range in cost, from $571 to $893 per course.

Professional Development

Professional Development Award: Introductory Accounting requires completion of (CACC 110 and CACC 410) or (CACC 100, CACC 333, and CACC 406).

I am a Ryerson undergraduate student - may I take accounting and finance courses through The Chang School?

Ryerson University has two business undergraduate programs which are independent of each other: one through the School of Accounting and Finance (in which students can major in accounting and/or finance) and one through the School of Business Management (in which students can minor in, but not major in, accounting).

Courses are not interchangeable between the Accounting and Finance and Business Management programs; however, in both programs, courses are degree credit as well as accredited through CPA Ontario (refer to the CPA course equivalency chart links).

If you are pursuing a minor in accounting, or you need to take courses in accounting or finance to fulfill the requirements of your major which is in a subject other than accounting or finance, you may take accounting and/or finance courses (coded CACC or CFIN) through The Chang School.

If you are pursuing a major in accounting and/or finance, you may not take accounting and finance courses through The Chang School as the course codes differ.

Contact Us

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Email:  ce@ryerson.ca

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