Professional Accounting is a three-semester program that enables students from any undergraduate discipline to complete a graduate certificate in accounting.

Courses will be enriched with hands-on integrated technology applications and case studies based on real-world scenarios. Further real-world industry exposure will be maximized with guest speakers and hands-on projects. The program is designed to integrate all of the course topics and to develop students' critical thinking skills, research skills, and decision-making skills.

Students will make extensive use of Microsoft Excel and other software used in the accounting industry.

Admission Requirements

  • A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree
    (Note: minimum 'C+' average or cumulative 2.5 GPA)
    An acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College*
    Five years of work experience in the accounting field as judged by the College to be equivalent*


*Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 570 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years.
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years.
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years.
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10.

Recommended Academic Preparation

It is highly recommended that students be proficient in the following areas before entry into the program:

  • Mathematics
  • Business Communication
  • Computer applications, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Recommended Personal Preparation

Students are advised to prepare for a very rigorous and intensive program of study.

Advanced Standing

  • Applicants may apply for advanced standing on the basis of previous academic achievement at another institution and/or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Advanced standing qualifies the applicant for direct entry to a second or higher level of the program.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.


Professional Accounting-2019/2020
Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ACCT-6001 Financial Accounting-Intro 5
COMM-6019 Advanced Professional Communication 3
ECON-6004 Economics 3
MATH-6002 Math for Business 3
LAWS-6038 Business Law 3
ACCT-6002 Accounting Software


Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ACCT-6010 Financial Reporting 1-Inter 3
ACCT-6011 Financial Reporting 2-Inter 3
ACCT-6008 Management Accounting-Intro 3
FINA-6019 Finance-Intro 3
FINA-6020 Personal Taxation 6
INFO-6071 Information Technology 3
Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ACCT-6013 Financial Reporting-Adv 6
ACCT-6014 Auditing Fundamentals 3
ACCT-6012 Management Accounting-Inter 5
FINA-6021 Applied Finance 3
FINA-6022 Corporate Taxation 3

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have opportunities in many organizations including public accounting firms, government offices, not-for-profit organizations, public and private corporations, small businesses, and financial institutions. Self-Employment is also an option for graduates.
Graduates of the Professional Accounting program will be well prepared to:

  • Prepare financial information to support management decision-making.
  • Prepare financial statements and related disclosures.
  • Calculate and report on financial and non-financial performance measures.
  • Support the development and maintenance of the organization’s management control and risk management systems.
  • Monitor and recommend improvements to account procedures, accounting information systems, and internal controls.
  • Monitor cash flow and cash flow requirements.
  • Prepare budgets and forecasts.
  • Prepare information for external auditors.
  • Support the auditor in planning and executing the audit.
  • Help prepare tax filings and comply with remittance requirements.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 3, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
1 year
7,375 CAD
Canadian Tuition Fee: $1,825.83 International Tuition Fee: $7,375.00
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