Degrees Available

  • Professional Diploma in Accounting (CPA Bridging)


Fall & Spring


Lethbridge & Calgary

Program Description

What is CPA Bridging?

Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) is Canada’s foremost business designation, and demand for CPAs is growing in every industry.

If you have a four-year degree in any discipline, you can transition into a career as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with CPA Bridging. You don't need prior accounting courses or work experience, so you can become an accounting and finance professional without a business background. Complete the business and accounting courses needed for entrance into the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP), the certification program for the CPA designation, while you continue to work full time; you take only the courses you need. If you've already completed some PEP prerequisite courses, you'll complete CPA Bridging even faster! Our custom program planning gets you into your new career as soon as possible.

Designed with the needs of adult learners, career changers and internationally-trained professionals in mind, uLethbridge offers evening and weekend courses at our Calgary Campus, and weekday courses at our Lethbridge Campus. You’ll benefit from quality classroom instruction from our experienced faculty, as well as enjoy a variety professional development and mentorship opportunities.

How to apply to CPA Bridging

1. Create a My CPA Profile at Alberta Accountants

2. Complete a transcript assessment

  • Login to your My CPA Profile
  • Ensure your educational history is accurate and complete
  • Select Program Admission
  • Select Transcript Assessment
  • Click the ‘Add Transcript Assessment’ button
  • Complete the assessment request and pay the transcript evaluation fee online

3. Send your official transcripts to be evaluated

  • Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the post-secondary institution or arrive sealed (unopened) in the original envelope. Transcripts will not be accepted if they are opened, scanned, faxed, or sent in any electronic format.
  • Whenever available, documents should be submitted in English by the institution. If the document is not issued in English, please submit both the original and the English translation by a certified translator.
  • If any names on your transcripts are different than your profile name, you must also submit legal proof of name change (copy of your marriage certificate, legal name change document, etc.).
  • If you hold credentials from outside of Canada, you must submit your transcripts along with a basic evaluation by IQAS, ICES or WES or by any member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada.

Once your transcript assessment is complete, you will receive an email indicating that you can view your completed assessment. Log into the My CPA portal, click Program Admission, Transcript Assessment, View.

You are now ready to apply to the University of Lethbridge and begin planning your program!

4. Apply to the University of Lethbridge and email a copy of your CPA transcript evaluation to dhillon.advising@uleth.ca.

Your program plan will indicate exactly which courses you need and the recommended sequence for completing them.


I was educated outside of Canada; how do I get started?

See the How to apply to CPA Bridging section (above) for steps to enrolling in CPA Bridging at uLethbridge.

I was educated outside of Canada; are there other resources for me?

Yes. Watch our Facebook page for information and updates on scholarships, funding and other supports for internationally trained professionals.

My degree is from another university; how do I get started?

See the How to apply to CPA Bridging section (above) for steps to enrolling in CPA Bridging at uLethbridge.

How long will it take me to complete the CPA Bridging program?

Each CPA Bridging student has an individualized program plan, depending on their educational background. Students can complete the program in as little as four months, or as much as five years, depending on the courses needed and whether they attend on a full-time or part-time basis. On average, students entering the program require 10 courses to complete CPA Bridging program.

How much will the program cost?

Tuition for domestic students and permanent residents is approximately $508 per course. Detailed information on tuition and fees can be found here.

When can I start my program?

CPA Bridging offers entrance in September and January. Important dates and deadlines are here.

Will I be able to find a job once I am finished?

Absolutely! Demand is increasing for professionally designated accountants in every sector in Alberta. In addition, CPA Alberta expects that 60 per cent of current designated accountants will retire by the year 2020. To help our students successfully enter the job market CPA Bridging at uLethbridge also offers career planning, mentor programs, job search training and paid co-op work opportunities.

CPA Alberta offers the PREP program as a pathway into PEP. How is this different from CPA Bridging at uLethbridge?

Both programs will allow you to transition into a career as a CPA, but uLethbridge is very proud of the support and preparation we provide throughout our bridging program. In addition to the benefit of in-class instruction with professors and instructors, students at uLethbridge are eligible for student funding, scholarships and awards. uLethbridge also offers a variety of co-op work opportunities as well as career preparation training and networking to get you into your chosen field and new career.

Initial funding for program development was provided by Alberta’s CPA profession through the Chartered Professional Accountants Education Foundation of Alberta, and with support from the Government of Alberta’s Access to the Future Fund and Foreign Qualification Recognition Innovation Fund.

AACSB accreditation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International is the world’s largest global business education network and the Dhillon School of Business is part of only six per cent of business schools worldwide accredited by this international network.

Students who graduate from an AACSB accredited school are contenders for careers with top, global organizations who only hire from AACSB accredited schools; they are offered more competitive salaries; they have a better chance of getting into graduate programs; and they have more employers interested in them after graduation.

When you graduate from the Dhillon School of Business you’ll get all these AACSB benefits as well as the assurance of the highest quality and most relevant education out there.

Additional Requirements: 

For current information on admission and program requirements, visit the Registrar's Office website.

Additional Scholarships: 

Enrolling in CPA Bridging at uLethbridge maintains your student status, making you eligible for student loans, scholarships and bursaries. Information is available on the CPA Bridging websites, or by contacting an academic advisor at any campus.

Thanks to the generosity of two distinguished donors to the CPA Education Foundation, financial assistance is available to eligible Bridging Program students. Financial assistance for students and for program implementation was also provided through a generous grant from the Government of Alberta's Community Spirit Program.

Flair Foundation Bursary

Mike Shaikh FCA and Linda Shaikh Award for Bridging Program Students

How to Apply: 

Possible Careers

  • Auditor
  • Budget Director
  • Business Valuator
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Financial Analyst
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Tax Planner

Program Planning

View uLethbridge Program Planning Guides.

Sample Classes:

  • Management Control Systems
  • Auditing
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Tax

For a complete list of courses offered, check out our program planning guide (PDF).


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