Available at the U of L's Calgary and Edmonton campuses (evening classes only) and the Lethbridge Campus (daytime classes only), CA Bridging enables you to complete all the business and accounting courses needed for admission to the CA School of Business.
You do not need prior management or accounting courses or work experience. The program was designed to enable the typical student to complete within 12-24 months, while continuing to work full-time. You take only the courses you need – if you have previous accounting courses, you can complete the program quicker. Courses are offered evenings and weekends in Calgary and Edmonton, and during the daytime in Lethbridge, and are taught by experienced accounting professionals.
Applicants must have a four-year undergraduate degree in any discipline, unless you qualify as a CASB mature student. Those whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship or origin, must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. Speaking and writing courses are available to internationally educated professionals, whose first language is not English, to learn the skills to write and speak effectively for Canadian business culture.
CA Bridging allows you to choose the accounting courses you need for your accounting designation.
Apply early as seats are limited. If you take sufficient courses, you may also be eligible to receive a Professional Diploma in Accounting (PDA) from the University of Lethbridge.
Please visit the following link for the CA Bridging Program Planning Guide.
View the flowchart regarding the CASB education assessment process for Canadian students
View the flowchart regarding the CASB education assessment process for international students.
Please direct program and admission inquiries to one of our advisors:
Further information may be found at http://www.albertacas.ca/BecomeaCA.aspx
Do you need some help funding your journey to becoming a CA? Depending on your background and employment situation, you may be eligible for one of two valuable bursaries available only to CA Bridging students. Both are awarded based on financial need.
The Flair Foundation Bursary is available to students who need to complete 10 or more CA Bridging courses and who are either working or re-entering the workforce after an absence. This award is available only to immigrants who meet specific residency requirements.
The Mike Shaikh FCA & Linda Shaikh Bursary is for students changing careers and/or who are recent immigrants to Canada and must meet certain residency requirements.
Application forms are sent directly to CA Bridging students, and currently the bursaries are awarded during February or March of each year.
These awards are provided through the Chartered Accountants Education Foundation (CAEF) of Alberta in recognition of the generosity and commitment to the CA profession of the Flair Foundation and Mike and Linda Shaikh.
The ICAA believes it would be in the best interests of prospective students and employers to align with the rest of the CASB region and introduce the CPA program this fall. The ICAA is therefore working toward a fall launch of the CPA pre-certification program in Alberta. In order to do that, the ICAA first needs to: complete a unification proposal; obtain member support for the unification proposal; and consult with the Government of Alberta on the new pre-certification program. The ICAA expects to know by early June if they will be able to proceed with the CPA education. If ICAA is not able to proceed, a suitable alternative program will be in place for students in the fall.
CPA program prerequisite courses are expected to be very similar to the current CASB prerequisite courses, and the CPA prerequisite courses are expected to be communicated to educational institutions in April 2013. For more information on the CPA Program visit the cpa one website.
CA Bridging Brochure
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