Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF): Creating a highly skilled workforce

As an employer, you know that not every accounting or finance position requires a CPA designation. You also need competent, reliable accounting staff for junior and intermediate positions.

ACAF: A credential you can count on

Employees are critical to the success of your business; this is particularly true of your accounting and finance team. Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)’s ACAF program is designed specifically for your junior and intermediate-level staff members. It is the only standardized national education program in Canada for intermediate accounting and related positions.

The ACAF will enhance your employee’s existing accounting education and experience with the additional technical knowledge, IT applications, communications and soft skills they require to help your organization succeed. Your employees will also choose two elective modules to further develop their skills in areas important to your organization and their career growth, in areas such as:

  • taxation
  • audit
  • not-for-profit accounting
  • public sector accounting

Train your employees for success at the junior and intermediate level in:

  • financial accounting
  • management control
  • finance
  • taxation
  • accounting information systems
  • auditing

The ACAF is open to college graduates from two-year programs and those working in an accounting function without a recognized credential. They can apply for admission, or even for advanced standing, by demonstrating they have gained equivalent experience or education. The ACAF is also open to internationally-trained accountants wanting to work in Canada.

All ACAF courses are delivered online, making the program accessible to anyone, anywhere, at any time, with minimal disruption to existing commitments. Applicants can also enroll as full or part-time students. This flexibility allows your employees to complete the program in a time frame that makes sense for both them and your business.

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

The ACAF builds upon CPA Canada’s reputation for excellence in accounting and business education. It is another example of what CPA Canada does to ensure a highly skilled accounting and finance workforce, making your training and hiring decisions easier.