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Become a CGA 

You want to become a CGA? You’re in good company.
Just ask any one of our members and students.


In today’s complex business world, financial specialists require increasingly sophisticated technical skills, practical knowledge and experience. The CGA Program will prepare you to analyze and deliver clear, transparent, and reliable financial information – and to develop and present business strategies based on that information, in a professional manner.

Want a well-established program that fits your schedule and not the other way around?

The CGA Program is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its integrated technology allows you to study when you want. You have the flexibility to work while you learn or to take time off for life’s milestones.

Looking for a program that recognizes your experience and academic transcript?

CGA has a comprehensive process when assigning transfer credits – reducing your need to duplicate course work and allowing you to build on the knowledge you’ve already acquired. And if you’ve never taken a financial management course or worked in accounting, CGA is the only accounting designation that offers all the prerequisites you’ll need to enter its certification program.

Aiming for a rewarding career with limitless possibilities?

Our comprehensive program provides you with a well-rounded and wide-ranging accounting designation. Choose from elective options that support your career aspirations – wherever they may take you: corporate and small-medium enterprise, information management, government and not-for-profit, or public practice.

Want the widely recognized designation demanded by employers and clients?

CGAs are in high demand across Canada. This is a reflection of their robust training and knowledge and the reputation of a finance designation with over 100 years of history.

How do you get started?

Education – meeting requirements to enter the certification level

The CGA Program is the only Canadian accounting offering that you can enter without a degree or with a degree in a discipline outside of accounting. All education requirements can be met through a combination of post-secondary academics, foreign credentials, experience and CGA courses Level 1 to 4, before you are eligible for PACE (Professional Applications and Competence Evaluations), the two-year certification program.

Certification – earning your CGA designation

The CGA certification level, called PACE, requires you to apply the technical knowledge and professional skills needed to solve problems in real-world situations. It emphasizes the areas of accounting and related disciplines required for a successful professional accountant, along with the qualities and skills that define a professional such as ethics, critical thinking, professional judgment, communication and leadership. Up to 36 months of supervised work experience in increasingly senior responsibility is required for certification.

Apply now

If you would like to apply to the CGA Program, contact the CGA office in your province, territory or country.

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CGA-Canada | Last Updated: October 25, 2013