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    Professional Accounting Practice

Program Code:PRA
Duration:42 Weeks
(3 Consecutive Semesters)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

Qualified PRA graduates can go directly into year 3 of Seneca's Bachelor of Commerce - International Accounting & Finance (IAF)*. Seneca's IAF degree includes equivalencies for all twelve modules of the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Prerequisite Educational Program (PREP).

Work in accounting and pursue the Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation (Levels 1 to 3). The short and intensive format of the PRA program is especially suited to you if you are a mature or motivated student seeking a career in accounting. Whether or not your diploma or degree is related to business, you may benefit from this program. No accounting background is required.

As a student of PRA, you’ll be introduced to the modern technological environment of business decision using spreadsheets (Excel), database software (Access), and integrated database application technologies (ERP) through exposure to accounting software package(s). Your courses will make use of hands–on computer applications and case studies based on real situations.

You’ll also gain industry exposure through research, cases, and projects.

For post-secondary students considering the pursuit of a professional accounting designation, this program currently provides the opportunity to obtain transfer credit toward the CGA designation through CGA Ontario:

Information provided on our website is that which is in effect at the time of writing. Students should be aware that the recognized professional accounting bodies in Ontario are undergoing unification negotiations which may continue to result in a number of significant changes to the qualification processes and requirements for these professional designations. Students interested in pursuing a professional accounting designation are advised to check with the relevant accounting body website and to continue to check these websites on a regular basis for updates.

* minimum GPA requirements

Program Learning Outcomes:

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Integrate ethical decision-making processes into all aspects of the accounting profession.
  • Apply recognized accounting principles to the systematic recording of transactions relating to assets, liabilities, owners’ equity, revenue, and expenses.
  • Prepare appropriate transactions relating to partnership and corporate business structures.
  • Prepare accurate and relevant financial statements.
  • Analyze financial and managerial accounting information to assist in decision-making.
  • Formulate accurate and timely financial information using accounting software.
  • Integrate accounting information necessary for effective management decisions.
  • Compare, contrast, and select, from among various methods of product and service costing those appropriate to a financial situation.
  • Prepare effective operating budgets.
  • Utilize statistical techniques effectively in the analysis of financial information.
  • Integrate computer technologies into various business situations.
  • Calculate measures appropriate to a variety of financial management situations.
  • Recommend appropriate information systems structures, planning, and usage in a business.
  • Recognize potential legal implications within a business situation.
  • Produce effective written managerial communications.
  • Evaluate the economic concepts to be applied to a business situation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or post secondary diploma from an accredited institution; OR
  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field. Relevant references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the college level.


  • This program is ideal for individuals with little or no background in Accounting. Applicants who have credits from the CGA program for Levels 1-3 courses will be eligible to apply for exemption for equivalent courses in the program.
  • Students are required to be highly literate and have a facility for mathematics and financial concepts. Superior communication and analytical skills are necessary.
  • Prospective students may be required to undergo testing to assess literacy and mathematics skills.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

In just three semesters you will have the opportunity to earn credits equivalent to the first three levels of the CGA program. Level 3 CGA is a recognized level of competence in the accounting industry offering competitive salaries and positions. You will be prepared for employment with businesses of all sizes and scope, and will possess a sound financial foundation and the ability to use computerized accounting systems. Particular focus is on analysis and interpretation of financial information to make sound financial control and ethical decisions. Accounts receivable/ payable, general accounting reconciliation, financial statement preparation, presentation and analysis, as well as cost accounting and budgeting, are a few key areas where opportunities may exist for you as a PRA graduate. The program prepares you to articulate into the Seneca Accounting and Information Technology (AIT) Graduate Certificate program, the Seneca International Accounting and Finance degree, as well as other universities/colleges, to complete Level 4 of the CGA program and a business degree, if desired.

Professional Certification

Qualified students who complete the PRA program of study receive Level 1 to 3 of the CGA professional accounting certification. For more information on the CGA program, please visit

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Davenport University• Any relevant Bachelor or Master of Business Administration

CGA Ontario Learning Centre

Grow your accounting and finance skill set in a space dedicated to supporting and engaging Seneca students, whether at the introductory or advanced levels of their accounting studies. Academic support is offered in partnership with the Certified General Accountants of Ontario. Located in the Newnham Campus Learning Centre.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BAB140 Introduction to Financial Accounting 4
BAB210 Business Statistics 3
BAB231 Introduction to Business Law 3
BAB240 Management Accounting 3
IAF340 Business Information Systems 3
LSP240 Micro Economics: Theory and Practice 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
IAF310 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 4
IAF320 Income Tax I 3
IAF330 Finance 4
IAF520 Auditing 3
IAF530 Management Accounting - Intermediate 4
LSP340 Macroeconomics - Theory & Practice 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
IAF410 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 4
IAF420 Income Tax II 3
IAF620 Financial Management 3
IAF710 Advanced Financial Accounting 4
IAF831 International Strategic Management 3

Note: In partnership with CPA Ontario, in the PRA program Seneca is offering the CPA Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP) courses. The PRA program is designed for those who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than accounting and lack some or all of the prerequisite courses required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). Course equivalencies are transitional and subject to change.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angelie Ramirez
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22058
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisor:
  June Allison
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22471
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Doug Stephenson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22731
Program Student Advisor: Sheilagh Stephenson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22795
Program Chair: Karen Murkar
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22337
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