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Program Code: PA511 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 3 semesters Winter 2022 delivery can be view on Current Student Resources
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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. 

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)

Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) recognizes the courses offered through this program in accordance with the CPA National Recognition and Accreditation Standards for Post-Secondary Institutions. These prerequisite courses are required to pursue the CPA designation.

Note: Students are encouraged to stay informed about the current requirements to become a CPA here.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

The Professional Accounting Practice Graduate Certificate program is a newly accredited program with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The ACCA qualification is a global accountancy credential recognized in many countries and it will have particular appeal for those graduates working in global workplaces. Our graduates are eligible for exemptions towards the 9 required papers in the ACCA program (Applied Knowledge & Applied Skills).

In addition to the nine required papers, ACCA candidates must also complete additional academic requirements through ACCA and have proven 3 years practical work experience within a relevant role to earn the ACCA qualification. 

Students are encouraged to stay informed about the current requirements to earn this qualification through information on the following websites: 

https://www.accaglobal.com/ca/en.html

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.

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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 2 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 program eligibility.

    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 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 or iOS Windows 10
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)

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

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

Fees

The 2021-2022 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic: $8,379.45
  • international: $26,202.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Students are required to have a mobile computing device.

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.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

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

How to Apply

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 or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

Apply through the International Centre

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