(NOC 1111)


In general, you need a university degree and an accredited professional accounting program as well as several years' on-the-job training. You also require accreditation by a professional association, and you probably need a licence to practise public accounting in the province/territory where you'll work.

To be a chartered accountant, you must have a university degree, finish a professional training program approved by a provincial/territorial institute of chartered accountants, and complete 24-30 months' on-the-job training depending on the province/territory. You must also become a member of a provincial/territorial Institute of Chartered Accountants upon successful completion of the Uniform Final Examination (UFE).

To be a certified general accountant or certified management accountant, you need a university degree, a training program approved by the Society of Certified General Accountants or Society of Management Accountants, and several years' on-the-job training. You must also obtain certification by your respective professional society.

With experience, you can move up the ranks to become a senior manager in auditing or accounting.

Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and about 3 in 20 have a graduate degree.

Degrees Associated with This Career


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Useful Experience/Skills

Presentation skills
International trade finance
Financial computer programs
Legal aspects of international trade
Analytical and synthetical skills

Useful Secondary School Subjects

Computer-related courses

Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Business Administration - Specialization in Accounting (B.B.A.) Bachelor; Honours
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Ontario Tech University
Oshawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Accounting Bachelor
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Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Accounting Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Accounting Bachelor; Honours
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University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Mathematics/Chartered Professional Accountancy Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Accounting Bachelor; Honours
Accounting Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Modified on May 15, 2012