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    Professional Accounting Practice

Program Code:PRA
Duration:42 Weeks
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

The short and intensive format of the Professional Accounting Practice (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.

You'll be introduced to the modern technological environment of business decision-making 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.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or post-secondary diploma from an accredited institution; OR
  • Mature applicants with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field may be considered. Relevant résumé and references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the post-secondary level.


  • This program is ideal for individuals with little or no background in accounting.
  • 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.


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Your Career

In just three semesters, you will be prepared for employment with businesses of all sizes and scope and will possess a sound financial accounting 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. Opportunities may exist for you in these key areas: accounts receivable/payable, general accounting reconciliation, financial statement preparation, presentation and analysis, and cost accounting and budgeting. The program prepares you to articulate into the Seneca International Accounting and Finance degree, as well as other universities/colleges, to complete an accounting degree, if desired.

Professional Certification

In the PRA program, Seneca is offering courses recognized by the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA Ontario) as equivalent to courses in the CPA Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP), assuming minimum grade requirements are met. This 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 PREP). Course equivalences are transitional and subject to change.

For more information about the CPA designation, see

Students that complete the PRA program will be eligible for exemptions for ACCA Papers F1 to F4.

Transfer Pathways

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

CPA 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 Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Located in the Newnham Campus Learning Centre.

Important Academic Dates

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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
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

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Business Statistics
Introduction to Business Law
Business Information Systems
Micro Economics: Theory and Practice
Semester 2
Intermediate Financial Accounting
Income Tax
Management Accounting - Intermediate
Macroeconomics: Theory and Practice
Semester 3
Intermediate Financial Accounting II
Income Tax II
Financial Management
Advanced Financial Accounting
International Strategic Management

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
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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