Why get an Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance?

Upgrade your skills and your career with the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF). Designed by the Canadian CPA profession, the ACAF program gives you the advanced technical skills hiring managers and recruiters are seeking.


The Canadian CPA profession has designed the ACAF for individuals aspiring to elevate their accounting and finance skills to an intermediate level. Earn the certificate to get the advanced technical skills demanded by top employers in Canada, which is the first step to a rewarding career.


  • You have studied for a minimum of one year at a recognized post-secondary institution (i.e. college or university) or meet the entry requirements through your work experience.
  • You are an internationally educated professional with education or work experience outside of Canada.
  • You’re seeking a more challenging and rewarding role that allows you to be involved in more complex accounting and finance tasks, and to support management decision-making.
  • You prefer to study at your own pace and choose electives that will give you the best opportunities for advancement in the field of accounting and finance in any industry.
  • You are willing to dedicate two to three years of part-time study (on average), or complete your studies more quickly depending on credits already earned.


Certificate holders stand out in the world of accounting with advanced technical accounting and finance skills that are elevated to a national standard. It’s what many hiring managers and recruiters are seeking.

With the ACAF on your resumé, you could become the preferred choice for accounting and finance positions and promotions throughout your career. 

Here are just a few of the possibilities that await you:

  • Qualify for intermediate-level positions within accounting and finance teams.
  • Work in any sector, whether business, not-for-profit, government or at an accounting and finance firm.
  • Use your skills in an industry you’re passionate about – whether you are interested in sports, entertainment, finance, technology or travel.


The ACAF is delivered both in-person and online by post-secondary institutions across the country, with some courses offered by your provincial/regional CPA body. Maintain a successful work-study balance and earn your certificate at a flexible pace, as a full or part-time student, with minimal disruption to existing commitments


  • Applied: It uses authentic business scenarios that require 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.
  • Attainable: The ACAF can be completed in one year of full-time study or part-time at your own pace.

If at some point you want to pursue the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, your ACAF training will be recognized toward the undergraduate degree and specific knowledge requirements needed for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP).