Start Your ACAF Path Today

Start your ACAF Path Today

The Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) provides enrollees with the job-ready skills employers across the country value within the accounting and finance functions of their businesses.

The ACAF is a nationally recognized certificate for those seeking a challenging and rewarding career in accounting and finance, but not as designated CPAs. The ACAF qualifies you for junior and intermediate level jobs in business, industry, government and public accounting. Online learning means minimal disruption to existing commitments, while electives allow you to select training in areas that are relevant to you. Lecture options are available for the Technical Courses offered through CPA preparatory courses for ACAF with the exception of Information technology.

The ACAF Program is made up of 11 courses: six technical courses and five applied courses. Each course has six to eight weeks of study, followed by a study week and a final examination with the exception of Accounting Software Application. If you have general questions about the ACAF Program you can attend one of our info sessions or watch a webinar. If you are ready to proceed, all the information you need is here to get started today.

Your Path to the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF)

Step 1: Visit the ACAF Online Portal
Step 2: Submit your completed transcript assessment package
Step 3: Receive your transcript assessment results
Step 4: Register and enrol
Step 5: Gain access to your course through Brightspace (D2L)

Step 1: Visit the ACAF Online Portal 

To begin your application: 

  1. Visit the ACAF Online Portal.
  2. Select “Create an Account” (or if you already have a login, please follow the instructions on the page) 
  3. Fill in the required data 
  4. After your account is created, you will receive an email containing your ID number which you will require to log in 

Step 2: Submit your completed transcript and assessments package 

To submit your ACAF transcript assessment for evaluation, select “Transcript Assessment” in the left navigation of your online account.

Record the courses you have taken that qualify for exemptions, and would like to request a transcript assessment for:

  1. Select “Start Transcript Assessment Application.” 
  2. If you were a CGA Student in good standing, the system will recognize the transfer credits that you have received or courses you have completed with CGA Ontario.
  3. Fill in “education” information.
  4. Enter the courses you completed in your post-secondary program that qualify for exemption, including the date you completed these courses and the corresponding grade.
  5. Select “Next” which will present you with your preliminary results.
  6. Complete the payment. The Transcript Assessment Fee is $150 +HST.
  7. After submitting your request for a transcript assessment, you will receive an email confirming that your transcript assessment has been received and detailing next steps on supporting documentation required to complete the application.
  8. After the CPA Ontario assessors receive your supporting documentation and when your assessment is complete, you will receive an email confirming your assessment results within four to six weeks for domestic transcripts and six to eight weeks for international transcripts.

Please reach out to your post-secondary institution to obtain an official transcript. You will not be allowed to register in any courses unless your official transcript has been received.

 Acceptable Proof of Transcript Documentation Includes:

  • An official transcript showing the name of the program 
  • course-by-course credential evaluation carried out by World Education Services (WES) through their International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) for those who have studied internationally and cannot secure an official transcript

CPA Ontario requires submission of supplementary documentation, including transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions (PSI) for Advanced Placement credits, General Certificate of Education credits, International Baccalaureate credits, college transfer credits, foreign exchange transfer credits, letter of permission courses and other PSI transfer credits. For any transfer credits, a transfer credit letter will be required.

How to Submit Official Transcripts:

There are a number of ways to submit your transcript:

  1. In a sealed envelope mailed directly from the post-secondary institution you attended
  2. In-person in a sealed post-secondary institution envelope 

In all cases, an official transcript must be an original transcript issued by the post-secondary institution’s Registrar’s Office. All official transcripts should be mailed to:

Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
69 Bloor Street East
Toronto ON  M4W 1B3
Attention: Transcript Assessment Team

Step 3: Receive your transcript assessment results 

Once your transcript assessment has been completed, you will receive your results via email.

Currently, it takes four to six weeks to process a transcript assessment package once payment and all required documents have been received. For transcripts from outside of Canada, please allow six to eight weeks.

Transcript assessment results confirming eligibility to enrol in the ACAF Program are valid for one calendar year from the date of the assessment letter.

Step 4: Register and enrol 

If your transcript assessment states that you are eligible to enrol in the ACAF Program, go to the Online Portal, pay the required fees and enrol in an ACAF course.

Step 5: Gain access to your course through Brightspace (D2L) 

Once you have enrolled in an ACAF Course, you will receive an email from Brightspace (D2L) outlining your next steps to gain access to your ACAF course. If you do not receive this email by the materials release date or within five business days after enrolling, contact ACAFcourses@cpaontario.ca.

CPA Ontario ACAF Approved Course Charts:
For a complete listing of pre-approved CPA Ontario ACAF courses, please see your college below.

Microeconomics & Macroeconomics, Statistics and Business Communications are no longer required. The overall 65% average across all entry prerequisites is also no longer required. The course charts below will be updated shortly.

Algonquin College
Cambrian College
Canadore College
Centennial College
College Boreal
Conestoga College
Confederation College
Durham College
Fanshawe College
Fleming College
George Brown College
Georgian College
Humber College
La Cité College
Lambton College
Loyalist College
McMaster University - Centre for Continuing Education
Mohawk College
Niagara College
Northern College
Seneca College
Sheridan College
St. Clair College
St. Lawrence College
University of Toronto - School of Continuing Studies

CGA Program of Studies