What is the difference between the “PBCs-ACCT” and “CPA Bridging”? While both terms are relatively interchangeable, the “PBCs-ACCT” are the formal program names and culminating credentials that students will apply into and eventually graduate with at uLethbridge. “CPA Bridging” on the other hand refers to the certificates’ overarching objective.
When can I start? See the Intake Cycles & Application Deadlines tab above.
How long are the PBC-ACCT programs? Each admitted PBC-ACCT student will be provided with their own individually customized course sequencing and program completion plans, which will vary depending on one's:
- Educational background coming into the university
- Pursued certificate stream. Each of the Fundamentals, Advanced, and Combined accounting certificates has differing program lengths, at a base-level.
- Number of preparatory modules exempted/outstanding on their CPA transcript assessment
- Whether courses are completed on a full-time (3-5 courses) or part-time (1 or 2 courses) participation basis at uLethbridge for all intended terms of study. The completion pacing is entirely within the student’ control from start-to-finish, provided that they graduate within 5 years following their original term of admission.
See the Available Credential Streams & Associated Curricula tab above for further information on the required stream-specific coursework.
How do I know which of the three accounting certificates is the right one for me? See the Admission Requirements tab above.
What are the costs? See the Associated Fees tab above.
Do I need to have (valid) CPA Transcript Assessment before I can apply for uLethbridge's CPA Bridging Program? Applicants who do not possess valid CPA transcript assessment at the time of application to uLethbridge can technically still apply for PBC-ACCT program admittance. However, such students will be expected to complete their individual accounting certificate courses from scratch, since the absence of a CPA transcript assessment will entail no individual course waivers being granted.
- Internationally-educated prospects who either do not have a valid CPA transcript assessment in their possession OR do have one but were only exempted from 5 or fewer of CPA’s established PREP modules (as per the association's annually-updated Transfer Credit Guide), are encouraged to pursue the “Combined Certificates” credential stream.
- An alternate program to consider would also be uLethbridge’s Bachelor of Management (BMgt) as a Second Degree program with a major in accounting (also CPA-accredited). Pursuing the formal degree in lieu of the certificates can optimize the individual off-shore international student’s eventual Canadian study permit/PGWP eligibility (as framed by the Government of Canada) due to the former program’s longer duration, when compared to that of the notably shorter certificates.
How is pursuing my (preparatory) accounting education through CPA, different from doing it through uLethbridge? While both will provide a direct pathway for advancing into CPA Alberta’s PEP tier, uLethbridge additionally offers complimentary career planning and development supports for successfully admitted students by way of Career Coaching services and Co-operative Education/Work-integrated Learning opportunities
- Note: PBC-Advanced ACCT students in particular will unfortunately not be eligible for Co-op due to the credential’s significantly short/6-course duration structure.
Will international students be eligible for a PGWP after finishing a PBC-ACCT? See the Additional Notes for International Applicants tab below.
Who can I contact for additional questions about CPA’s PEP tier? Please engage the CPAWSB directly via their appropriate department inboxes, as displayed on their contacts page here.