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Professional Accounting Practice

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Program Code: PA511
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Program Length: 3 semesters
Start Dates: January, September

Program Overview

Humber's Professional Accounting Practice graduate certificate program provides you with the required knowledge and skills essential to begin and advance in the field of accounting. You will be well prepared for careers in the field with knowledge of all accounting disciplines including financial accounting, management accounting, audit and assurance, finance, and personal and corporate tax. You will also develop computer technology, management, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, along with professional communication and interpersonal skills. This program is a path for students already holding a bachelor's degree in any discipline other than accounting and who are interested in pursuing the Chartered Professional Accounting designation. No prior accounting knowledge is required.

Note: Please refer to the Equipment & Devices tab for detailed specifications pertaining to the Post-Admission Requirement to have a portable PC Windows based laptop.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Record all transactions in accordance with the professional accounting conceptual framework for financial reporting.

  2. Prepare accurate, relevant and timely corporate financial statements and other financial information according to the respective needs of stakeholders.

  3. Identify and analyze relevant financial and managerial accounting information to support effective decision-making.

  4. Produce and present accurate and timely financial information using relevant technology.

  5. Utilize statistical techniques effectively in the analysis of financial information.

  6. Recommend effective information systems structures to support efficient business operations.

  7. Recognize legal limitations and implications arising in business situations and make recommendations to mitigate risks. 

  8. Communicate across various levels in an organization clearly, concisely and accurately in both the written and spoken form to fulfill the intended purpose.

  9. Apply ethical, discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

  10. Apply corporate finance techniques to support strategic and operational management decisions.

  11. Interpret and apply personal and corporate tax legislation to ensure compliance.

  12. Plan effective external, internal and information systems audits to meet compliance and assurance requirements.

  13. Use data analytics to optimize processes and inform business decisions.


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Work Placement

Humber has the only graduate certificate of its kind in Ontario that provides students with hands-on work experience in the field of accounting. Through a mandatory 160 hour work placement, students will make industry connections and can gain experience in small, medium and large organizations, and in entrepreneurial start-ups. 

Humber Advantages

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International Students can Stack and Stay Longer in Canada!

Double your employability with 2 times the education and experience!
Apply now for your first Graduate Certificate and get the opportunity for early admittance* into a second program in the following year. Stack your education to potentially earn credits that will lessen your course load in year two, allowing you to work or spend more time immersing yourself in Canadian culture! Extend your stay and double your employability skills through two work terms across two business programs. The extra year of studies will give you qualifications for a potential 3-year postgraduate work permit.

Accounting Program Pathways that lead to Accounting Credentials

Humber Accounting Programs:

Business – Accounting

4-Semester Diploma

Accounting, Business Administration

6-Semester Advanced Diploma

Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting

4-Year Honours Degree (recognized by CPA)

Professional Accounting Practice

3-Semester (recognized by CPA)
Ontario Graduate Certificate

Humber Pathways:

Degree Pathway Stream - Semester 5 Accounting Business Admin Adv D - Explore Pathway 

Adv Diploma Semester 6 Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting - Explore Pathway 

Advanced Standing Pathways from Accounting Diploma and Advanced Diploma into the Degree Program.

Honours Degree required for admission recognized by CPA - Explore Pathway 

Degree Pathway Stream - Semester 4 Bachelor of Commerce - Explore Pathway 

Skills, knowledge, experience you will gain:

General Ledger Accounting, Cost Accounting, Information Systems, Business Law

Auditing, Taxation, Business Law, Information Systems, Finance, Management

Auditing, Taxation, Business Law, Information Systems, Finance, Management

Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Audit and Assurance, Personal and Corporate Tax

Experiental Learning

84hrs

84hrs

420hrs

160hrs

Career possibilities:

Accounts Payable/Receivable, Credit and Collections, Budget Analysis, Payroll Accounting, Tax Preparation.

Cost Accounting, General Ledger Accounting, Taxation, Credit and Collections, External Auditing, Financial Planning

Accountant, Budget Analyst, Taxation Specialist, Auditor or Treasurer

Taxation, Auditing, Financial Accounting, Public Accounting, Government, Corporate Accounting, Not-for-Profit and Small Business

Program Streams:

Bookkeeping Stream (BOOK)

Degree Pathway Stream (ADG)

Coop + Non Coop

N/A

N/A

Credential opportunities:

Certified Professional Bookkeepers of Canada, Digital Credential levels
+
work experience

ACCA
10 papers including Professional Skills Module & Ethics
+
3 Years Experience

ACCA
7 papers including Professional Skills Module & Ethics
+
3 Years Experience

Certified Professional Bookkeepers of Canada, Digital Credential levels
+
work experience

ACCA
4 papers including Professional Skills Module & Ethics
+
3 Years Experience

CPA PEP

ACCA
4 papers including Professional Skills Module & Ethics
+
3 Years Experience

CPA PEP

CPA EXAM (CFE)
+
work experience

CPA EXAM (CFE)
+
work experience

Credentials

N/A

ACCA CREDENTIAL

ACCA CREDENTIAL

ACCA CREDENTIAL

CPA PROFESSIONAL

ACCA CREDENTIAL

CPA PROFESSIONAL

Get Support In-Person, Online, Email, or by Phone

There is no better place to focus on an education in accounting than at the Longo Faculty of Business at Humber. Our experienced faculty combined with an industry-focused curriculum and renowned industry partners put our program among the very best. Benefit from program specific resources like "The Accounting Centre" and challenging case studies.

The Accounting Centre is a resource available to all students enrolled in accounting courses. Students provide assistance with textbook concepts, homework questions and an overall understanding of course material from 1st to 6th semester.

Supported software packages:

Sage 50 Accounting, Profile - T1 & T2, Sage 300

Your Career

There is a continuous demand for junior and intermediate accountants in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Graduates of this program will be equipped to work in a wide variety of roles in the field of accounting including taxation, auditing, financial accounting and management accounting. Sectors include public accounting practices, government, corporate accounting, not-for-profit and small business.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario)

Specific courses of this program may be recongized for additional industry recognition with Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in accordance with the CPA National Recognition and Accreditation Standards for Post-Secondary Institutions.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

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The program is recognized by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) as an accredited program and receiving some academic exemptions for ACCA qualification.

Students are encouraged to stay informed about the current requirements by visiting: https://www.accaglobal.com/gb/en/help/exemptions-calculator.html

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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September 2023 North Open
January 2024 North Open
Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2023 North Open
January 2024 North Opening Soon

Humber Students Benefit from Five Centres of Innovation (COIs)

The Humber Centres of Innovation Network demonstrates our strong commitment to providing an experiential learning environment for students. Students and faculty work with industry partners on real-world challenges to prepare them to become the innovative and strategic problem-solvers of tomorrow. Come to Humber and experience interdisciplinary learning across five COIs.

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Accounting Alumna Places in Top 1% on Common Final Examination

Accounting Alumna Places in Top 1% on Common Final Examination

Wed, January 11, 2023

Professional Accounting Practice graduate Melissa Pettau achieved the Honour Roll on the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada Common Final Examination (CFE).

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On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

General Enquiries

Call 416-675-3111 or email enquiry@humber.ca. If you have already applied, be sure to check your application status on myhumber.ca.

Domestic Applicants Enquiries

Domestic applicants can book a one-on-one advising appointment with an admissions representative.

International Applicants Enquiries

Contact the International Centre for information about full-time programs (including the International Graduate School), how to apply and to follow up on your submitted application.

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Leandra Acevedo, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4602
leandra.acevedo@humber.ca

Campus Information

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How To Become An Apprentice

Becoming an Apprentice

Find an employer willing to sponsor you as an apprentice.

Contact the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development to register as an apprentice.

Work with your employer approximately one year before attending Humber.

View Instructions 

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

If you’re in high school – grade 11 or 12 – you can earn co-op education credits through work placements in some skilled trades.

Visit OYAP 

How to Apply

Domestic Students

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program.

To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber’s program pages, search by availability, or ontariocolleges.ca.

To see where you are in the admissions process, visit the Admissions Road Map.

International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Need Advice?

Program Advising Appointments

Get help narrowing down your program options or book a one-on-one pre-enrolment advising appointment with one of our Recruitment Officers.

Transfer & Pathway Advising

Book a virtual appointment with a Student Mobility Advisor learn more about getting Transfer Credit(s) for previous post-secondary experience, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and Pathways options.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following three requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor's degree

    Note: this program is not recommended for students with a degree in the accounting field.

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

International Academic Equivalency

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Students are required to have a PC laptop and access to MS Office including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PowerBI. Consideration of the length of battery life is also important as in class time, examinations can extend to over three hours. Recommended (optional): an external wireless mouse and an external plugin number pad to facilitate speed of accounting related functions.

Equipment & Device Requirements

All Semesters

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specs
Processor Dual-core processor Quad-core processor
OS Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac) or iOS
Windows 10 (PC)
OS 10.15 (Mac)
Memory 8 GB of RAM 16 GB of RAM
Storage 100 GB HDD 512 GB SSD
Monitor Laptop computer (not a notebook such as Chromebook, or a tablet) recently purchased; last 18 months Laptop computer (not a notebook such as Chromebook, or a tablet) recently purchased; last 18 months
Other Built-in-WiFi, a microphone, and a webcam Built-in WiFi, microphone, and a webcam. Long-life battery (strongly recommended)

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Leandra Acevedo, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4602
leandra.acevedo@humber.ca

Fees & Financial Aid

The 2022-2023 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic: $8,461.83
  • international: $26,847.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Students are required to have a mobile computing device.

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Bursaries

Understand the costs associated with coming to Humber and explore resources available from first year to your final year on Student Fees and Financial Resources.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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