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University Certificate in Advanced Accounting

Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2017.

The University Certificate in Advanced Accounting is designed to build upon the knowledge and skills students developed in the University Certificate in Accounting. Thus, the University Certificate in Accounting (or its equivalent) is required for enrolment in the program. Students holding an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major in accounting may not enrol in this program.

Transfer Credit will not be accepted if course(s) completed more than:

  • 10 years ago in Business and Administrative Studies area of study at the (300/400) level;
  • 5 years ago in the CMIS (all levels);
  • 10 years ago in Statistics (all levels).

Transfer credit being used to satisfy options other than those in the Business and Administrative Studies area of study will not be restricted. If you are currently working in the field and provide evidence of work being completed, this restriction may be waived.

The University Certificate in Advanced Accounting is offered by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business, 1.800.468.6531, or email.

Program Plans

Our online program plans can assist you in selecting the courses needed to fulfill your program requirements.

Counselling Services offers an assessment website, "Mapping Your Future: Your Career and Athabasca University." Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

Program Structure

Total credits in the program 33
Required credits 24
Elective credits 9
Residency requirement. A minimum of 18 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University. 18
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 6

General certificate regulations

Required Courses (24 credits)

ACCT 451 Advanced Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 454 Decision Analysis (3)
CMIS 351 Management Information Systems*
*CMA students please see Note below.
TAXX 301 Taxation I (3)
ACCT 460 Principles of Auditing (3)
FNCE 370 Overview of Corporate Finance (3)
TAXX 401 Taxation II (3)
ADMN 404 Strategic Management (3)


(9 credits. See recommendations.)

Business and Administrative Studies courses at the senior (300/400) level. See recommendations below.

Recommendations for option selections:

Please note that these are recommendations only and any selections should be verified with the provincial accounting association in your area.

MGSC 312 is a prerequisite requirement for ACCT 454 and should be taken as an option prior to taking this course if not already completed elsewhere.

ADMN 404 assumes previous knowledge in the following subject areas (ACCT/FNCE, MKTG, ECON, ADMN/MGMT) and is recommended to be taken last or with the last set of courses in your program. ADMN 404 must be taken with AU. Transfer credit will not be awarded.

If pursuing a professional accounting designation, options should be chosen in consultation with the provincial association of which you are applying. Confirm with your provincial association requirements before selecting.

For more details, visit the Professional Accounting Education website.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated October 17 2017 by laurab

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