Is the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) right for you?

The CPA Canada Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) is a nationally recognized certificate for those seeking a challenging and rewarding career in accounting and finance, but not as qualified CPAs.

Important change to ACAF program delivery

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 the entire ACAF program. Contact your provincial/regional CPA body for additional information. 

As a certificate holder, you will qualify for junior and intermediate-level accounting jobs in business, not-for-profit and government, as well as CPA-supervised positions in public accounting.

The CPA Canada ACAF program is:

  • applied: It uses authentic business scenarios that requires you to demonstrate the application of technical knowledge.
  • integrated: Ethics, communications and other soft skills valued by employers are integrated into technical and elective courses, and hands-on use of accounting and business software applications enhance workplace relevance.
  • relevant: You can choose from a list of electives that will best position you for placement and advancement.
  • flexible: All course content is offered online, and can be completed online, anytime, anywhere.
  • attainable: The ACAF can be completed in one year of full-time study or part-time at your own pace.