Accounting (CPA Bridging)

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Options available

  • Post-Bachelor Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals
  • Post-Bachelor Certificate in Advanced Accounting
  • Post-Bachelor Combined Certificates in Accounting

Campus

  • Lethbridge
  • Calgary

Intake

Fall & Spring

Program description

Accounting and finance professionals are recognized world-wide for their strategic thinking, financial expertise, business insights and leadership. Dhillon School of Business’ post-bachelor CPA Bridging certificates allow you to build on your existing degree for an expediated pathway to an accounting career and prepare you for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP). We offer two post-bachelor certificates and a combined post-bachelor certificate option depending on where you are in your career journey.

Post-Bachelor Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals

Are you looking to advance in your career with business skills in accounting? Are you considering becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant? Our Post-Bachelor Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals builds on your existing degree, no matter the discipline, and can be completed on a full-time basis in as little as one year or on a part-time basis while you work full-time.

The 10-course certificate not only allows you to acquire some of the most in-demand skills in the marketplace, it also makes you eligible upon completion to enter the Post-Bachelor Certificate in Advanced Accounting.

All our courses are recognized for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) and are taught by award-winning PhD- and CPA-qualified faculty. Courses include Accounting Information Systems and Data Analytics, Business Law, Introduction to Microeconomics, Introduction to Tax and more.

See Program Planning Guide for Post-Bachelor Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals here.

Post-Bachelor Certificate in Advanced Accounting

If you have a background in accounting but need to update or enhance your skills, or you’ve completed the Post-Bachelor Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals, the Post-Bachelor Certificate in Advanced Accounting is designed for you. In as little as eight months on a full-time basis you can earn intermediate and advanced level coursework for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program, or for the career opportunities that come with an advanced university credential in accounting. The certificate can also be completed on a part-time basis while your work full-time.

Throughout this six-course certificate, you’ll connect with PhD- and CPA-qualified faculty as you explore exceptional curriculum integrating essential knowledge areas in courses like Corporate Finance, Advanced Managerial Accounting, Auditing, Analyzing Cases in Accounting and more.

We also value your experience. Our recognition of prior education provides you with the most direct route to your accounting credential and you can choose to study the courses you need at a pace that works for you.

If you do not have an academic background in accounting, we recommend you start with our Post-Bachelor Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals.

See Program Planning Guide for Post-Bachelor Certificate in Advanced Accounting here.

Post-Bachelor Combined Certificates in Accounting

The Post-Bachelor Combined Certificates in Accounting allows you to take both the Post-Bachelor Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals and the Post-Bachelor Certificate in Advanced Accounting in one program. With the Post-Bachelor Combined Certificates in Accounting you’ll build on your existing degree, no matter the discipline and progress to advanced level coursework that can advance your career or prepare you for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program.

The 16-course combined certificates take two years to complete on a full-time basis and provides eligibility for co-operative education. The combined certificates can also be taken on a part-time basis.

See Program Planning Guide for Post-Bachelor Combined Certificates in Accounting here.

 

Employment stats for a career in accounting*

 

Dhillon School of Business - Finance job postings


Job postings in the last 12 months

 

  • Canada: 20, 708
  • Alberta: 2,197

Dhillon School of Business - Finance salary

Average salary

 

  • Canada (zero to five years experience): $63,400
  • Canada (six years of experience or more): $104,800
  • Alberta (zero to five years experience): $65,900
  • Alberta (six years of experience or more): $110,300

 

Dhillon School of Business - Finance

Top employers hiring*

 

Canada:

  • MNP
  • Ernst & Young
  • Scotiabank
  • Deloitte
  • CivicInfo BC

Alberta: 

  • Ernst & Young
  • Suncor Energy
  • Nutrien
  • Transcanada Pipelines Ltd. 
  • Optimum Talent

* Employment data provided by Lightcast 2022. 

 

Why take Accounting (CPA Bridging) at the Dhillon School of Business?

Our courses provide the necessary academic background for entry into the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program (PEP), the path to Canada’s pre-eminent business and accounting designation. Learn more about CPA Alberta.

Wherever you start you’ll receive practical, relevant and research-informed instruction by your PdD and CPA qualified faculty.

Our program is flexible and tailored to ensure the most direct route to your future career. You study only the courses you need at the pace that works for you.

Many of our students also enrol in co-operative education while at the Dhillon School of Business. Co-op allows you to get paid work experience before you graduate and can even help you land a job immediately after graduation.

 

The advantages of being a Dhillon School of Business student

Experiential learning

You’ll have lots of opportunities to apply the theories you’ve learned in the classroom to real-life, hands-on situations as well as programs to help you connect with our student community. As a Dhillon student, you may have access to these experiential programs and more:

Visit our Dhillon School of Business website to learn more about student experience opportunities.

Education that’s personal

Our students say they chose the Dhillon School of Business because of the smaller class sizes and more personal and supportive approach to teaching. Here you’ll get many opportunities to connect and interact with your professors and peers to set you up for success.

Flexible study options

Whether you’re a traditional student interested in our Lethbridge campus with full-time classes during the day or a working professional interested in the Calgary Campus’s evening and weekend classes, we have a flexible study option for you.

Internationally recognized for quality

As an AACSB accredited business school, the Dhillon School of Business have met very rigorous quality standards proven to provide you with the best in business education worldwide. You can trust that your education here will give you a distinct advantage in the real world including more competitive salaries, more employers interested in you after graduation and more. See all our professional accreditations and designations.

 

If you have any questions about the program please email cpa.bridging@uleth.ca.

 

Possible careers

Dhillon School of Business - Finance job postings

Top job titles in Alberta and/or Canada 

  • Financial analyst
  • Accountant
  • Financial controller
  • Controller 
  • Accounting manager

Other possible careers

  • Auditor
  • Budget director
  • Business valuator
  • Chief financial officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Forensic accountant
  • Tax planner

Admission requirements

General-ALL-ALL

​For admission, Canadian high school students in Alberta must have completed five of the following courses with a minimum 65% average across them:

This course
  • English Language Arts 30-1
Three of these courses
  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Art 30 or Art 31
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Choral Music 30, General Music 30, or Instrumental Music 30
  • Dance 35
  • Drama 30
  • Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  • Mathematics 31
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1
  • Five credits in Advanced-level CTS Computer Science (CSE)
  • One or more distinct languages at the 30 level
One additional
  • That has not already been used
  • May be from the list above
  • Must be at the 30 level
  • Must be worth at least five credits (multiple courses worth a total of five or more credits can be used)
  • Cannot be a Special Project

Sample classes

  • ACCT 3131: Management Control Systems
  • ACCT 3160: Auditing
  • ACCT 4110: Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 4151: Advanced Tax

For a complete list of courses available in our CPA Bridging certificate programs, check out our program planning guide (PDF).

Additional information

Enrolling in CPA Bridging at uLethbridge maintains your student status, making you eligible for student loans, scholarships and bursaries. Information is available on the CPA Bridging websites, or by contacting an academic advisor at any campus.

Thanks to the generosity of two distinguished donors to the CPA Education Foundation, financial assistance is available to eligible Bridging Program students. Financial assistance for students and for program implementation was also provided through a generous grant from the Government of Alberta's Community Spirit Program.

Flair Foundation Bursary

Mike Shaikh FCA and Linda Shaikh Award for Bridging Program Students

You can apply anytime to either post-bachelor certificate through the APPLY NOW link below.

While your application is in progress with us, request a transcript assessment from the CPA Western School of Business. This assessment allows us to streamline your program and exempt you from courses you have taken in your previous studies.

For CPA transcript assessments please visit CPA Alberta Transcript Assessment and follow the steps given. Then send your assessment results to dhillon.advising@uleth.ca.

If you were educated outside of Canada, CPA will also require a basic evaluation by IQAS, ICES or WES (or by any member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada).

ULethbridge admission requirements (all accounting certificate credential streams):

  • One of an approved Bachelors degree (min. of 90.0 credit hours), a graduate degree (Masters or Doctorate), OR their equivalents (in any discipline), from a recognized degree-granting institution, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of no lower than a 2.00 (when translated against uLethbridge's 4.0 scale) across all courses counted for credit in prior degree
    • Applied and Technology Degrees will not be assessed for PBC-ACCT program admission as they are considered to be similar to a college diploma (which is a lesser credential than a Bachelors degree)
    • NOTE: Advanced Accounting certificate program applicants in particular, must be in possession of a recognized Accounting Degree at the time of application
      • Any Adv ACCT certificate program applicants who do not have an Accounting Degree, will instead be offered admission into one of either the 10-course Accounting Fundamentals or the 16-course Combined Certificates programs, in lieu.
      • The Dhillon School of Business will consider non-accounting degree holders who may have a substantial breadth of accounting-area courses completed either directly within their prior degrees (i.e. as electives) or taken post-graduation, for admittance into the advanced accounting certificate program on a case-by-case basis. After submitting a formal undergraduate application for admission to uLethbridge first, such applicants will then be required to eventually email a soft copy of their issued CPA evaluations over to the Dhillon School of Business (dhillon.advising@uleth.ca) for review to determine eligibility.
  • A valid CPA Transcript Assessment (see Application Process & CPA Contacts tab below), as this is what the university will use to determine appropriate course waivers and subsequently custom-build the PBC-ACCT student’s respective program
    • Issue date of CPA assessment must ideally be no older than 1-year from the time of application to uLethbridge
**Additional (Non-Negotiable) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Admission Requirement for Undergraduate Applicants: Link - mandatory for all applicants, irrespective of individual program, campus, country of origin, educational history, or current residency status.