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Registered Professional Accountant (RPA) Designation


Becoming a Registered Professional Accountant is a great professional choice. RPAs are leaders in a multitude of companies and industries and some have even taken entrepreneurial routes and opened accounting practices. With McMaster’s RPA-accredited suite of accounting and finance courses, you can earn your RPA professional designation and set yourself apart in today's competitive job market. 

To learn more about the Society of Professional Accountants Canada (SPAC) and RPA, please visit RPA Canada

Academic Prerequisites for Entry to the RPA Professional Review Program

To become an RPA, you must successfully complete the course prerequisites aligned to SPAC’s 5 educational pillars, in conjunction with a degree or diploma from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution such as McMaster Continuing Education. Completion of all course prerequisites is required to participate in the Professional Review Program and attempt the final Mandatory Professional Exam. 

McMaster Continuing Education's suite of courses has been approved by the Society of Professional Accountants of Canada (SPAC). Course prerequisites are offered through flexible and convenient online self-study and virtual classroom learning formats. Get more information on RPA-accredited suite of accounting and finance courses.


 RPA approved prerequisite courses:
 Level  RPA Course Name  McMaster Continuing Education Equivalent  Course 
 Entry Level  Intermediate Financial Accounting I  ACC 925  - Introductory Financial Accounting
 Introductory Management Accounting  ACC 928  - Introductory Management Accounting
 Management Information Systems  ACC 932  - Management Information Systems
 Ethics in Workplace Skills  RPA*
 Intermediate Financial Accounting II   ACC 926  - Intermediate Management Accounting
 Intermediate Management Accounting  ACC 929  - Intermediate Management Accounting
 Taxation I   ACC 937  - Taxation I 
 Financial Management  ACC 933  - Financial Management
 Professional  Financial Reporting   ACC 927  - Intermediate Financial Accounting II
 Taxation II  ACC 938  - Taxation II
 Analytics and Big Data   DAT 103  - Business Intelligence & Data Analytics
 Business Law  BUS 436  - Business Law 
 Applied  Audit and Internal Controls  ACC 931  - Auditing
 Accounting Systems    RPA*
 Data Analytics for Accountants  BUS 490  - Financial Modelling and Analysis  
 Emerging Trends in Fintech  RPA*
*If you are interested in pursuing an RPA designation, please visit RPA Canada for further details.

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If you're interested in pursuing a McMaster University Certificate or Diploma either on its own, or in conjunction with a professional designation, please contact: Those interested in pursuing degree studies at McMaster University may be eligible for undergraduate academic credit based on completion of our Diploma in Accounting or Advanced Certificate in Accounting. Refer to Future Degree Studies for details.