Program Model / Completion Requirements
Partner courses are offered for all PACE elective courses. PACE elective courses are scheduled to coincide with CGA national exams and are delivered at times intended to avoid interrupting your career commitments. All courses towards the CGA professional accounting designation may be taken either as part of the Bachelor of Applied Business Administration - Accounting program, or the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), or as stand-alone CGA courses, if you already have a degree.
Upon completion of the Advanced Studies and PACE elective courses, only PA1 - Issues in Professional Practice and PA2 - Strategic Financial Management are required to complete the education component for the CGA professional accounting designation. Note that PA1 and PA2 are not offered at NAIT and must be completed through CGA Alberta.
PACE Elective Courses
Students are required to complete two of the six PACE elective courses. Upon successful completion of these NAIT PACE elective courses (minimum C+ grade), you will be eligible to write the CGA national examination. PACE elective courses offered at NAIT are as follows, with the CGA equivalent course noted in brackets:
PACE Course Materials
Course materials for these PACE elective courses must be purchased through CGA Alberta. It is recommended that materials be ordered no later than 15 days prior to the course start date. See website for details at www.cga-alberta.org.
CGA National Examinations
Students are required to write the CGA national exam for PACE level courses only. For a list of national exam dates visit www.cga-alberta.org. If you are a CGA student and want to challenge a CGA national exam you must register for the applicable PACE exam directly with CGA Alberta at least one month prior to the national examination date. You must successfully complete the NAIT equivalent PACE level course in order to be qualified to write the CGA national examination. NAIT will notify CGA if you have met the mark required to challenge the CGA national examination.
The NAIT partner course final examination will be held on the last date of class unless otherwise specified on the website or in class by your instructor. Exams must be written in class on scheduled dates.
Exceptions may be accommodated if the reason is valid and acceptable to the Program Chair, and documentation is provided (eg. medical reasons). Work commitments as well as business or personal travel are not considered acceptable reasons for examination deferral.
A fee will be assessed and administered for each provision of this service.
Students wanting to enrol in a classroom delivery course for the CGA Program of Professional Studies must register online, in-person or by phone through NAIT’s registration system. Note that extra weekend or evening classes are included for senior level CGA courses so that the course hours can be delivered within the CGA exam schedule.
If you are working full-time, taking more than one CGA Advanced Studies or PACE elective course at the same time is not advisable. These are heavy courses which require significant self-study between classes. Taking more than one course per session often leads to unsuccessful results.
Note that these courses fill quickly, as early as a month before the course starts. To avoid disappointment in taking the course of your choice, you are advised to enrol early.