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Athabasca University

University Certificate in Accounting

Regulations effective September 1, 2020.

The University Certificate in Accounting is designed for students who want to develop skills and knowledge appropriate for an accounting professional. The program has been designed so you may, with careful selection of options, complete the courses that make up many levels of the training required by the professional accounting associations.

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).

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

The University Certificate in Accounting is offered by Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business, 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. Athabasca University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

Program Requirements

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

Program Structure

Total credits in the program 30
Required credits 24
Elective credits 6
Residency requirement. A minimum of 15 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University. 15
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits 6

General certificate regulations


Required Courses (24 credits)

ACCT 253 Introductory Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 351 Intermediate Financial Accounting I (3)
ACCT 352 Intermediate Financial Accounting II (3)
ACCT 355 Cost Analysis (3)
ECON 247 Microeconomics (3)
ECON 248 Macroeconomics (3)
MGSC 301 Statistics for Business and Economics I

LGST 369 Commercial Law (3)


(6 credits. See recommendations.)

Business and Administrative Studies courses at the junior (200) or senior (300/400) level. See recommendations below. 1

Recommendations for option selections:

If planning to pursue the University Certificate in Advanced Accounting, CMIS 245 and MKTG 396 should be selected in order to meet prerequisite requirements.

If planning to pursue a professional accounting designation, options should be chosen in consultation with the provincial association of which you are applying.

For more details, visit the Professional Accounting Education website.

1 Change to electives to allow for more flexibility done April 2010 and grandfathered.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Updated June 25 2021 by laurab

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