Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF): Bridging program

Learn how holders of CPA Canada’s Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) can bridge to the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

Effective January 1, 2018, the CPA profession will no longer deliver ACAF applied courses. The profession will continue to offer ACAF prerequisite requirements and technical courses through CPA preparatory courses, while all ACAF courses will be delivered through accredited programs and courses offered by post-secondary institutions (PSIs). Beginning September 2017, select PSIs will begin offering accredited ACAF applied courses. Contact your provincial/regional CPA body for additional information.

ACAF holders have the option of bridging to the CPA designation.

ACAF transfer credit agreement with Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business (AUFB)

The agreement between Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business (AUFB) provides ACAF holders with advanced standing toward earning a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from AUFB. If successfully completed, this online bridging option will give students the degree and prerequisite requirements needed to enter the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).

Bridge details

  • ACAF students/holders may be eligible to receive up to 27 transfer credit towards Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Commerce undergraduate degree.
  • ACAF student/holders with an approved two-year diploma in business may be eligible to receive up to 60 transfer credits towards Athabasca University’s Bachelor of Commerce undergraduate degree. Transcripts of the approved college diploma will need to be submitted to AU for assessment.
  • The Bachelor of Commerce undergraduate degree consists of a total of 120 credits.
  • ACAF holders will be required to provide Athabasca University with transcripts from CPA Canada showing successful completion of all ACAF required courses.

Next steps

Visit Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business (AUFB) to learn more about the bridging program, transfer credit agreement, and to speak with a program advisor.

Additional information

  • Tuition fees are not required for transfer credit courses; however, a transfer credit fee of $100.00 will apply.
  • Transfer credits completed more than ten years ago, at the senior (300/400) level in any of the following courses will not receive credit: ACCT, MGSC, LGST, MKTG, FNCE and TAXX. If you are currently working in the field and provide evidence of work being completed, this restriction may be waived at the sole discretion of the university.
  • Athabasca University will provide program advice for ACAF students and holders. Contact information and FAQs will be made available on their website.