CPA national accreditation standards for the ACAF

Learn about the standards that Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) has developed for post-secondary institutions (PSIs) to offer the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) program and applied courses.

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CPA Canada has developed a set of national standards required for post-secondary institutions (PSIs) to deliver the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) program and applied courses.

National Standards

CPA Canada Accreditation Standards for the ACAF Program and Applied Courses features the following standards that allow for the accreditation of both the ACAF program and its courses:

  • accreditation of programs: Accreditation standards apply to the review, assessment and approval of programs that deliver all of the ACAF program through programs equivalent to the ACAF program and are eligible for credit towards a certificate or diploma of a degree or diploma-granting post-secondary academic institution.
  • accreditation of applied courses: Accreditation standards apply to the review, assessment and approval of courses that deliver courses equivalent to the ACAF applied courses and are eligible for credit towards a certificate or diploma of a degree or diploma-granting post-secondary academic institution.

Each provincial/regional CPA body is responsible for the accreditation of ACAF programs and applied courses in their province or region, and can set standards higher than the national standard. PSIs should refer to the regulations of their provincial/regional CPA body for the specific standards they must meet.

The ACAF Knowledge Mapping tool provides detailed information on the learning objectives and related skills and knowledge that must be sufficiently covered in each ACAF applied course. 

Accredited ACAF Programs/Courses

For information on current ACAF offerings, refer to the list of provinces with PSIs offering accredited ACAF programs/courses.