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Certified General Accountants of Ontario (CGA Ontario)

Certified General Accountant (CGA)

News – Important Update

Update – September 2014

CGA Ontario and CPA Ontario unified in June 2014 and the CGA program will end as of September 2015.

If you are working towards your CGA designation and are currently enrolled in, or have completed CGA recognized courses at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies- please see list below- you have two options:

  1. complete the CGA program prior to September 2015, or,
  2. transfer your School of Continuing Studies academic course credits for courses completed by August 31, 2015 to become a ‘transitioning CGA student’ into the CPA program after September 2015.

To facilitate this process the CGA program will continue to recognize School of Continuing Studies courses and accept transfer credit applications until August 31, 2015. Please refer to the CGA Ontario – School of Continuing Studies Transfer Credit policy for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions on Post-2015 transition to the CPA Program

For more information please contact programchange@cga-ontario.org

Earlier Updates

About the Certified General Accountants of Ontario
  • The Certified General Accountants of Ontario (CGA Ontario) is a self-governing body that grants the exclusive rights to the CGA designation, and controls the professional standards, conduct and discipline of its members and students in the province of Ontario.
  • The CGA designation empowers professionals to take their accounting or finance career to new heights. As a student in the CGA program of professional studies, students will develop the technical abilities and skills needed to succeed in today’s global economy. Learn to look beyond the numbers to provide individuals and businesses with forward-thinking financial management and business expertise.

For detailed information please on how to become a CGA please visit http://cga-ontario.org/BecomeACGA.aspx

Association Requirements for Certifications
Candidates to the CGA designation must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Meet the Academic Requirements in the three academic components as follows:
  The following University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Courses can be taken to fulfil the Foundation studies and the Advanced Studies academic requirement:
Foundation studies Foundation studies
Financial Accounting Fundamentals FA1 SCS 0984 Accounting: The Fundamentals
Micro & Macro Economics EM1 SCS 0980 Economics, Introductory
Business Law LW1 SCS 0973 Business Law
Financial Accounting: Assets FA2 SCS 0982 Intermediate Financial Accounting and Analysis
Business Quantitative Analysis QU1 SCS 0081 Quantitative Methods for Business Management
Management Accounting Fundamentals MA1 SCS 0983 Management Accounting
Business Communication CM1 SCS 1348 The Business Approach to Writing
Financial Accounting: Liabilities & Equities FA3 SCS 0982 Intermediate Financial Accounting and Analysis
Corporate Finance Fundamentals FN1 SCS 0976 Financial Management
Managing Information Systems MS1 SCS 1209 Management Information Systems (MIS)
Accounting Business Case BC1*  
*To be eligible for a transfer credit in BC1, you must obtain transfer credits in FA1, FA2, FA3, CM1, MA1, MS1, FN1 and have a business degree or diploma. All requirements must be completed prior to enrolment in the CGA program.
Advanced Studies Advanced Studies
Advanced Management Accounting MA2 SCS 0915 Advanced Management Accounting
Personal & Corporate Taxation TX1 SCS 0975 Taxation for Canadian Business
External Auditing AU1 SCS 0906 Auditing
External Auditing AU1 SCS 2331 External Auditing
Financial Accounting: Consolidations & Advanced Issues FA4 SCS 0914 Advanced Financial Accounting
Accounting Theory & Contemporary Issues AT1*
Public Practice Audit Case BC2*  
Career Electives (any two of the following):  
Advanced Corporate Finance FN2  
Advanced Personal & Corporate Taxation TX2  
Advanced External Auditing AU2  
Internal Auditing & Controls MU1  
Information Systems Strategy MS2  
Public Sector Financial Management PF1  
Professional Level  
Issues in Professional Practice PA1  
Strategic Financial Management PA2  
*Effective in the 2014-2015 academic year, the following courses will be eliminated from the CGA program course requirements:

  • Accounting Business Case BC1
  • Public Practice Audit Case BC2
  • Accounting Theory & Contemporary Issues AT1

  1. Meet the degree requirement: a recognized post-secondary degree is required prior to certification. Students may enter the program without a degree and it is recommended that students complete their degree prior to entrance at the CGA program’ s certification level.
  2. Meet the professional experience requirement: A minimum of 24 months of professional experience and a minimum of one year of verifiable Canadian experience.
Association’s Requirements Recognized University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Courses
CGAs are to accumulate 40 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours every calendar year, of which 20 must be verifiable. As documentation is subject to audit, CGAs should retain the appropriate materials to support hours claimed for the annual reporting period. University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Courses in Business and Professional Studies may be submitted for consideration towards the accumulation of CPD hours.

Updated May 2014