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  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
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  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times


The average or expected time it will take to complete your program.

Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 10 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of 2.0 GPA in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Enhance your accounting knowledge

Take your accounting diploma to the next level with NAIT’s Advanced Accounting Certificate program, a post-diploma certificate targeted to Accounting Diploma grads seeking a challenging and rewarding career in accounting and finance.

Our accelerated program is geared for you to pursue accreditation in specialized accounting practices. By upgrading your accounting skills, you’ll be well suited for positions in the accounting and finance functions of industry, public practice, and government and not-for-profit organizations.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills 

In this program, you will further your knowledge in the areas of:

  • not-for-profit accounting
  • public sector financial reporting
  • external audit procedures
  • tax practices
  • financial accounting
  • managerial accounting
  • auditing
  • specialized digital applications

Hands-on learning

You will be immersed in a combination of classroom instruction, industry relevant case work, simulations and networking. You will develop an understanding of modern business dynamics and learn to work well within culturally diverse organizations.

Classroom & study hours

On average, you can expect to spend:

  • 20 hours per week attending classes over the course of each semester
  • an additional 20-30 hours per week studying, completing assignments, doing research, reading, etc.

If you require additional flexibility, this program can be completed on a part-time basis.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

As a graduate of the NAIT advanced accounting certificate, your course credits can be applied to the CPA Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) as well as a number of business degrees in Alberta, including the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – Accounting emphasis at NAIT.

As a certificate graduate, you’ll further your knowledge and skills in professional roles and be able to apply your learning to mid-to-senior level positions. Employers such as government, industry, accounting firms, banks, hospitals and consulting firms are common sectors where our graduates find work.

Are you up for the challenge? Pursue a career that’s driven by data and critical to the success of business.

Career paths include:

  • accounting and payroll support
  • budget analyst 
  • accounting specialist 
  • audit and assurance support
  • cost accounting and budgeting
  • tax specialist

After graduation

NAIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) builds on your accounting diploma, allowing you to earn a degree with just 60 more credits of study. It will also prepare you for the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program as well as the CPA Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) national certification exam.

You will have a strong accounting foundation, the ability to communicate, problem solve and use software applications common to careers in accounting. Our focus is on analysis and interpretation of financial information to make sound financial, control, and ethical decisions. 

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General Program Information / Advanced Credit

Business Information Centre – JR Shaw School of Business
Email: businfo@nait.ca 
Phone: 780.471.8998

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How to Apply

Information on admissions process

Scholarships & Awards

Funding for students in this program

Core Courses

ACCT3301Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ACCT2208. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: ACCT301
  • Open Studies: Available

This course examines inter-corporate investments, investments in equity securities, business combinations and joint arrangements. Foreign currency transactions, foreign investments, and not-for-profit organizations will also be explored.

ACCT3302Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ACCT2212, STAT2201. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: ACCT302
  • Open Studies: Available

This course focuses on the use of accounting information in management decision making under conditions of certainty and uncertainty. Management control systems will be examined and evaluated as to how they affect management decision-making. Case analysis methodologies will be utilized to investigate advanced management accounting topics. Both financial and non-financial aspects will be analyzed.

ACCT3303Introduction to Auditing
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: ACCT2208. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: AAC340, AAC345, ACCT303, ACCT503
  • Open Studies: Available

This course is an introduction to auditing standards and procedures used by an entry level accounting professional in an internal or external audit environment. The role of the auditor, professional ethics and a professional accountant’s code of conduct are also examined.

ACCT3350Ethics and Communications for Accountants
  • Requisites: Pre-Requisite: ACCT2208, BLAW2205.
  • Open Studies: Available

The focus of Ethics and Communications for Accountants is understanding and applying ethical practices and decision-making in a global economy. Topics include understanding fundamental business ethics concepts, workplace issues, application of ethical principles and theory in Canadian, cross border and global scenarios. The course explores the application of decision making and communication skills, including developing critical thinking and problem solving skills, fundamental written business communication skills and message adaptation through audience assessment.

ACCT3355Business Case Applications for Accountants
  • Requisites: Pre-Requisite: TAXX3304, ACCT3303.
  • Open Studies: Available

The focus of this course is problem solving and decision making through the use of technical skills while following ethical practices.The course explores the application of technical skills to develop alternatives and recommendations based on stakeholders' strategic objectives. Topics include communication, problem solving, management and analysis of information. The course explores the recognition and analysis of ethical issues leading to developing recommended courses of ethical behavior and actions. Financial accounting, management accounting, finance, audit and assurance, taxation and information technology skills are integrated throughout the course.

CMIS3344Accounting Information Systems
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: CMIS2250 or an emphasis of Accounting Year 3. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

This course will provide the student with an understanding of how computer based information systems are used by management and accountants in today’s business environment. On completion of this course students will be able to make decisions to successfully develop, control, and use information systems to achieve business objectives. Topics may include business processes, process automation and streamlining, risks, internal and systems controls, security, documentation of processes and the systems development life-cycle.

TAXX3304Taxation II
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: ACCT2208, BLAW2205, TAXX2202. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: TAXX304
  • Open Studies: Available

The fundamental principles, concepts, and application of Canadian federal income tax legislation are examined for the corporate taxpayer. The calculation of federal tax payable for a corporation and analysis of GST issues for individuals and corporations will be covered.

Electives - Pick 2

ACCT3351Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • Requisites: Pre-Requisite: ACCT2208, CMIS2240.
  • Open Studies: Available

The focus of Accounting for Not-for-Profit Organizations is understanding and applying accounting concepts specific to not-for-profit (NFP) organizations. Topics include understanding the basics of NFP structure including enabling legislation and organization governance. Accounting topics covered include CPA Handbook accounting standards for NFPs, application of restricted fund and deferral methods of accounting, basic GST/HST implications for NFP’s, financial report preparation, and performance measurement and evaluation. The course explores the application of decision making and communication skills including developing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

ACCT3352Public Sector (Government) Financial Reporting
  • Requisites: Pre-Requisite: ACCT2208.
  • Open Studies: Available

The focus of Public Sector (Government) Financial Reporting is the application of public sector (government) accounting, budgeting and financial reporting principles and methods. Topics include public sector CPA Handbook accounting standards and public sector GAAP, government budgeting and planning, government and not-for-profit financial reporting and financial analysis, including public sector auditing. The course explores the application of decision making and communication skills including developing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

ACCT3353External Audit Procedures and Reporting
  • Requisites: Pre-Requisite: ACCT3303.
  • Open Studies: Available

External Audit Procedures and Reporting requires students to apply their knowledge of auditing standards and procedures to perform parts of a financial statement audit for a fictitious Canadian corporation. Students will evaluate significant internal control systems and assess control risk, risk of material misstatement, and fraud risk. Major financial statement accounts for monetary misstatements will also be evaluated. Students will use relevant software to organize their audit file and document their work, as well to perform computer assisted audit techniques. Students will perform tasks in all the major phases of the audit including planning, reporting, and execution.


Cost Per Credit: $180
Tuition Cap: $1,940

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $747
Tuition Cap: $8,051

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $750
Level 1 Term 2: $750

The tuition and fee amounts are valid for the current academic year and are subject to change for subsequent intakes. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. The approved tuition and fee information for your intake will be available in April.

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Jan 06, 2021

Term Start Date: Jan 06, 2021

Entrance Requirements

  • A diploma or degree and successful completion of the following prerequisite courses with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher*:

ACCT 2212 Intermediate Management Accounting II

ACCT 2208 Intermediate Financial Accounting II

BLAW 2205 Business Law

FNCE 3323 Corporate Finace

CMIS 2240 Accounting Applications

TAXX2202 Taxation I

*Prerequisite courses must be completed before the program start date in order to receive full acceptance. For example, if you wish to start the program in September 2019, all of the prerequisite courses must be completed by September 1st, 2019. Equivalent courses taken outside of NAIT may be considered in lieu of these NAIT courses.

If the prerequisite courses were completed outside of the diploma or degree used to meet entrance requirement, the prerequisite courses would be included in the calculation of the GPA.

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Open Studies

A great option to get started or take a few courses without committing to a full program. Learn more

International Students

This program is open to international applicants. For more detailed information about applying, visit our admissions page. Learn more


Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

Canadian Western Bank Entrance Award $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Available to full-time students entering the JR Shaw School of Business. Awarded on the basis of top academic achievement in the final year of high school or upgrading courses. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 4

Available to first year students in the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.

HSBC Bank Canada Award $5,000.00
  • Award Amount: $5,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Available to a first year student enrolled in the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement, community service and financial need.

NorQuest College - Dave Hoy Achievement Award $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Available to a NorQuest College student entering the first year of a Business or Technical program as a full-time student, and who have completed their studies with NorQuest College within the last three years. Awarded on the basis of the highest mark in two combined subjects as follows: if applying to a Technical program the subjects are Math and Science: if applying to a Business program the subjects are Math and English.

The Darwin Park Imperial Bursary $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Available to a second year student in the Chemical Engineering Technology, Instrumentation Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Materials Engineering Technology, School of Business, or Computer Engineering Technology program. The applicant must be a resident of Alberta; must have performed a high level of academic achievement, either prior to or during their attendance at NAIT; must have demonstrated leadership in various extra-curricular activities that have provided, or will provide, benefits to their school or to the community-at-large. Such extra-curricular activities might include community volunteer work or participation in school or community related art, music, science, or athletic programs. Special consideration will be given to students who have exhibited a high degree of courage, character and academic performance while overcoming significant challenges in their lives, such as illness, physical debilitation, or difficult family circumstances. An essay is required.

Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 3

Available to second year students in the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.

Bob and Wendy Hiew Bursary $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Bob and Wendy Hiew are both NAIT graduates from the Electrical Engineering and Accounting programs. Bob and Wendy have established this bursary in order to support students who are experiencing financial difficulties so they can devote their time to their studies in order to embark on a good career. Available to a second year student enrolled in any full time credit program in either the JR Shaw School of Business, or the School of Applied Sciences and Technology at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic achievement of 75% in the first year of their program at NAIT.

JR Shaw School of Business

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