How to Apply
Request a CGA-BC Program of Professional Studies Calendar or download a pdf version.
Six Easy Steps to Apply and Enrol
Ensure you have all the required documentation needed to evaluate your education level and to set up your student file.
You will need:
A new policy regarding the receipt of Official transcripts will come into effect as of June 30, 2013 as outlined below. However, we encourage applicants to begin using this policy immediately.
If you are seeking transfer credit for your post-secondary studies completed either within Canada or outside of Canada, you must submit your official, sealed transcripts directly to our CGA-BC office.
In order to obtain official, sealed transcripts, you must contact your post secondary institution and request them to send your transcripts directly to:
Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia
#300 - 1867 West Broadway,
Vancouver, BC V6J 5L4 Canada
Transcripts must arrive at CGA-BC’s offices unopened in a sealed envelope.
Important Additional Information:
- If your official, sealed transcripts will be prepared in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
All transcripts received will be kept in your file and will not be returned to you. Therefore, if you require a record of your official transcripts for your own records or you require an additional copy of your transcripts to send to a translator, we suggest that you order more than one at the time of your request to your post-secondary institution.
- If your official, sealed transcripts will show a different name than you are currently using, they must be accompanied by an original certificate of name change or an original marriage certificate. If you want to have the certificate of name change or the original marriage certificate returned to you, be sure to include a photocopy of these documents along with the originals. If we do not receive any photocopies, then we will assume that we are to keep the originals and they will not be returned to you. However, if you provide us with photocopies of these documents, we will assume you want the originals to be returned.
If you are submitting transcripts before June 30, 2013, you may still apply under our current transcript policy. As such, you can still come into our CGA-BC office and present photocopies of your original transcripts which must be accompanied by the original transcripts so that the photocopies can be verified. Photocopies must be made of both the front and back sides of all documents. The originals will be returned to you after verification. Please note, the “Important Additional Information” described above, still applies under this policy.
Fill out the online Application and Assessment.
The Application provides the Association with all the information needed to set up a student record under your name. It also provides the Association with the information required to perform an assessment of any post-secondary transcripts you may be submitting for possible transfer credits.
Transfer credits may be granted to individuals who have completed courses at other post-secondary institutions provided the course content and standards are equivalent and are acceptable by the Association.
Credits deemed out-of-date may be denied. The Association reserves the right to prescribe a special program of studies for students who have been granted transfer credits.
Transfer credits are valid for one year only. After one year, transfer credits are subject to re-evaluation.
Fill in the online Application and Assessment Form and submit all required documents prior to the deadlines for the session in which you wish to begin your studies. The application fee is payable online at the end of completing the Application and Assessment form.
Supporting documents may be dropped off or mailed to the Association office at: 300–1867 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 5L4.
Please submit your documents as early as possible. Incomplete or incorrectly filled out applications may delay the admission process. All submitted documents become the property of CGA-BC and are retained by the Association unless otherwise specified. Please note that on the online Application and Assessment Form, you will be asked to choose from two academic sessions: the current academic session and the next academic session. Step 4, below, will help you select the correct academic session.
CGA Application and Assessment Fee
|Submitting Canadian Education Documents
|Submitting Non-Canadian Education Documents
Application fee is payable by Visa or Mastercard.
The average time for processing an application is five weeks; however, please note that priority is given to applications for the current academic session. If you have indicated the next application session on your application, your processing time may be longer than five weeks.
|Stage of CGA Program Completion
|Foundation Level Applicants
Prospective students who likely have more than 5 CGA courses outstanding
|July 8, 2013
(Session 1 - 2013-2014 academic year)
|Advanced Standing Applicants
Prospective students who likely have 5 or fewer CGA courses outstanding (usually BCom or BBA students with accounting concentrations)
|October 7, 2013
(Session 2 - 2013-2014 academic year)
You will receive a letter advising you of your status as well as any transfer credits that you have been granted. You will also receive enrolment instructions on how to activate your student file and start your studies in the CGA program.
If you plan to begin your CGA studies in session 1 of the 2013–2014 academic year and have any concerns about how a potential merger among B.C.’s three accounting bodies could affect your studies, see CGA-BC's Commitment to Potential Students
Enrol as a CGA student.
Follow the instructions provided in your academic assessment letter. Fees will be required at this step in the process. You will be able to select a CGA course at this time if you choose to begin your studies immediately. Once the Association has received and processed this submission, your student file will be activated and you will officially be a CGA student.
Begin your CGA studies.
You will receive an email confirmation of enrolment. If you are taking a course through the CGA Association, you will receive related course materials with instructions on how to proceed.
Still have questions? Call 604-732-1211 or toll free at 1-800-565-1211 and ask to speak to a member of the Recruitment & Employment Team.