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Business Accountancy

Post-Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

This post-graduate certificate program is designed to help students prepare for the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) designation. The program was developed from the CPA competency map that provides graduates with the opportunity to fill current and ongoing demand for accountants.

The Business Accountancy post-graduate certificate program is offered through the School of Business and takes place over three semesters at the Moose Jaw Campus.

Students will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • accounting practices and principles
  • accounting management
  • taxation
  • commercial law as it relates to finances and accounting

You'll develop the skills required to earn your CPA designation and grow your accounting career.

Program Advantages

All 12 courses are available on campus in a lecture format.

Courses align with CPA designation requirements and, with the exception of one course (Business Communication), count as a full or partial credit towards earning your CPA.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

This program helps those with degrees develop their skills and grow their knowledge in order to acquire the CPA designation. This program will help students contribute to the growing economy of many countries around the world.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 40 weeks

Locations

  • Moose Jaw

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$7,600

Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 600
Introductory Financial Accounting 1
3
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Your studies will focus on an introduction to financial accounting designed to provide you with accounting skills to handle business transactions. The course will include bookkeeping techniques, accounting for a merchandising concern and control over cash and receivables. You will study the introductory concepts related to accounting for payroll.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
ACCT 601
Introductory Financial Accounting 2
3
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Your studies will focus on an introduction to financial accounting building on the skills you learned in Introductory Financial Accounting I. Your studies include these topics: accounting for property, plant and equipment assets, current and long-term liabilities, partnerships, and corporations. In addition, you will learn to prepare a cash flow statement and perform ratio analysis.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 600(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
BCOM 600
Business Communications
3
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You will practice written and oral communication skills managers use on the job. You will study how to write effective letters, emails, and reports. You will practice planning and conducting meetings and doing verbal presentations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 125
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
LAW 600
Commercial Law
3
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Your studies will focus on the field of commercial law. You will examine in detail the concepts of contract law and how these concepts are influenced by various legislative acts and common law. Other legal concepts in your studies will focus on: torts, agency, various forms of business organizations, the sale of goods, employment, bailments, insurance, real and intellectual property, and secured transactions.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
STAT 600
Business Statistics
3
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You will be introduced to the elements of statistics used in business. The course content includes frequency distribution, measure of central tendency and dispersion, probability distributions (discrete and continuous), sampling, sampling distributions, estimations, regressions, correlation and elementary hypothesis-testing.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 602
Intermediate Accounting 1
3
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You will complete an in-depth study of generally accepted accounting principles as applied to accounting for current assets, capital assets, temporary and long-term investments, leases, accounting changes, and correction of errors. Both International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) are considered as accounting standards.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 601
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
ACCT 604
Cost Accounting 1
3
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You will study introductory concepts of cost accounting theory and practice. You will focus on the differences between cost accounting and financial accounting, various cost accounting terms, an introduction to costing systems and responsibility accounting using master and flexible budgets.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 601
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
ADTG 600
Auditing
3
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Your studies will include an introduction to auditing, its objectives and reports, the types of evidence and documentations required, the study of internal control and audit sampling. You will study the processes of the audit of revenue and collections and acquisitions and expenditures.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 601
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
FIN 600
Finance
3
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You will become familiar with the role of finance and its implication for risk, income and control, credit conditions and a firm's state of liquidity. You will examine sources of capital and corporate borrowing, cost of capital theory and optimal capital structure, and capital budget decision making.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 600
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
TAX 600
Taxation 1
3
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Your studies will include an introduction to the Income Tax Act including the structure of fiscal legislation, administration, and enforcement practices as they pertain to personal income tax. The course includes the calculation of taxable income, calculation of tax, and the completion of personal income tax returns.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 601
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 603
Intermediate Accounting 2
3
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You will continue your studies of financial accounting begun in ACCT 602. Your studies will include current and long-term liabilities, shareholders equity, dilutive securities and earnings per share, revenue recognition, pensions, statement of cash flows, incomplete records, and accounting for corporate income taxes. Both International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) are considered as accounting standards.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 602
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
TAX 601
Taxation 2
3
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Your studies will expand on the material covered in Taxation 1 (TAX 600) and you will learn the skills required to solve more complex problems for individual taxpayers. You will study the calculation of taxable income, calculation of corporate tax and the completion of corporate income tax returns.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TAX 600
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online

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