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Professional Accounting

Fanshawe College
45 weeks
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
London (Ontario, Canada)

Program description

Professional Accounting

Professional Accounting is a three-semester program that enables students from any undergraduate discipline to complete a graduate certificate in accounting.

Important update to CPA Canada’s Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF): In July 2019, CPA Ontario has advised that the CPA ACAF program will be discontinued. Students will have until February 2021 to write the ACAF examination, after which time the CPA will no longer offer any exams for the ACAF.

Courses will be enriched with hands-on integrated technology applications and case studies based on real-world scenarios. Further real-world industry exposure will be maximized with guest speakers and hands-on projects. The program is designed to integrate all of the course topics and to develop students' critical thinking skills, research skills, and decision-making skills.

Students will make extensive use of Microsoft Excel and other software used in the accounting industry.

Admission requirements

A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree

(Note: minimum 'C+' average or cumulative 2.5 GPA)


Acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College*


Five years of work experience in the accounting field as judged by the College to be equivalent*

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

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Program content

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Financial Accounting-Intro
  • Advanced Professional Communication 3
  • Economics
  • Math for Business
  • Business Law
  • Accounting Software

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Financial Reporting 1-Inter
  • Financial Reporting 2-Inter
  • Management Accounting-Intro
  • Finance-Intro
  • Personal Taxation
  • Information Technology 3

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Financial Reporting-Adv 6
  • Auditing Fundamentals
  • Management Accounting-Inter
  • Applied Finance 3
  • Corporate Taxation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

Canadian students

The tuition fee for Canadian students is 1,825.83 CAD, and the total fees are 2,629.21 CAD.

International students

The tuition fee for International students is 7,596.00 CAD, and the total fees are 9,005.36 CAD.

Please note fees are subject to change. Please visit Fanshawe’s website for the most up to date information.


Credential - Ontario College Graduate Certificate

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

  1. Integrate ethical decision making processes into all aspects of the accounting profession.
  2. Apply recognized accounting principles to the systematic recording of transactions relating to assets, liabilities, owners’ equity, revenue and expenses.
  3. Prepare appropriate transactions relating to partnership and corporate business structures.
  4. Prepare accurate and relevant financial statements.
  5. Analyze financial and managerial accounting information to assist in decision making.
  6. Formulate accurate and timely financial information using accounting software.
  7. Integrate accounting information necessary for effective management decisions.
  8. Compare, contrast and select, from among various methods of product and service costing, those appropriate to a financial situation.
  9. Prepare effective operating budgets.
  10. Utilize statistical techniques effectively in the analysis of financial information.
  11. Integrate computer technologies into various business situations.
  12. Calculate measures appropriate to a variety of financial management situations.
  13. Recommend appropriate information systems structures, planning and usage in a business.
  14. Recognize potential legal implications within a business situation.
  15. Produce effective written managerial communications.
  16. Evaluate the economic concepts to be applied to a business situation.

Career opportunities

Graduates will have opportunities in many organizations including public accounting firms, government offices, not-for-profit organizations, public and private corporations, small businesses, and financial institutions. Self-employment is also an option for graduates.

Graduates of the Professional Accounting program will be well prepared to:

  • prepare financial information to support management decision-making
  • prepare financial statements and related disclosures
  • calculate and report on financial and non-financial performance measures
  • support the development and maintenance of the organization’s management control and risk management systems
  • monitor and recommend improvements to accounting procedures, accounting information systems and internal controls
  • monitor cash flow and cash flow requirements
  • prepare budgets and forecasts
  • prepare information for external auditors
  • support the auditor in planning and executing the audit
  • help prepare tax filings and comply with remittance requirements

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About this institute

Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada - approximately two hours from Niagara Falls, Toronto, or Detroit. There are 21,000 full-time students at Fanshawe, including 7,500 international students from more than 100 different countries. Fanshawe...

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Why study at Fanshawe College

London is a great location - a large city with a population of close to 500,000, so there is something for everyone. It is small enough to be more affordable than some of the larger cities and it is very student-friendly. Fanshawe College has a 90.3% percent Graduate Employment Rate, which is number one among Ontario colleges. There are also 60 co-op programs available, where students can "earn while they learn."

Contact info

Fanshawe College

1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard
N5Y 5R6 London Ontario

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