ACAF Program Structure 

The ACAF program is built to deliver technical skills that get you ahead, in a way that is:


Using authentic business scenarios with hands-on use of accounting and business software.


With valuable workplace skills such as ethics and communications woven into the program.


With electives to give you the best opportunities for advancement in a career area of your choice.


Study at your own pace and complete the program within two to three years (part-time), or sooner, depending on credits previously earned.

ACAF Program Structure

ACAF Program Structure Diagram (Enlarged)

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  • Six technical courses: These courses build on the typical two year college accounting diploma program, providing intermediate-to-advanced-level technical content in financial reporting, corporate finance, audit and assurance, taxation, management accounting and information technology.
  • Five applied courses: These courses enhance your existing accounting education and experience with the additional technical knowledge, IT applications, communications and workplace skills needed to progress in your career.
  • ACAF National Examination: This new program requirement will become effective in 2018, and will be administered through the CPA provincial/regional bodies. Students who successfully complete all ACAF technical courses and the Business Applications course by December 2017 will be exempt from the exam.

All entry and technical courses must be successfully completed before enrolling in any applied courses. Ethics and Workplace Skills and Accounting Software Applications are prerequisites for other applied courses.

You may take entry and technical courses through the CPA profession or from a post-secondary institution (see Entrance Requirements). As of January 2018, applied courses are only available through select PSIs across Canada.

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