Job requirements Accountant in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as an accountant in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Financial auditors and accountants (NOC 1111).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Chartered accountants require a university degree and Completion of a professional training program approved by a provincial institute of chartered accountants and, depending on the province, either two years or 30 months of on-the-job training and Membership in a provincial Institute of Chartered Accountants upon successful completion of the Uniform Evaluation (UFE).
  • Certified general accountants and certified management accountants require a university degree and Completion of a training program approved by the Society of Certified General Accountants or Society of Management Accountants and several years of on-the-job training and Certification by the Certified General Accountants Association or the Society of Management Accountants.
  • Auditors require education, training and recognition as indicated for chartered accountants, certified general accountants or certified management accountants and Some experience as an accountant.
  • Auditors may require recognition by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • To act as a trustee in bankruptcy proceedings, auditors and accountants must hold a licence as a trustee in bankruptcy.
  • Licensing by the provincial or territorial governing body is usually required for accountants and auditors practising public accounting.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta
British Columbia Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia
Auditor (public Accountant) Regulated Auditor Certification Board, Government of British Columbia
Manitoba Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Chartered Professional Accountants Manitoba
New Brunswick Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Chartered Professional Accountants New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Chartered Professional Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Chartered Professional Accountants - Northwest Territories / Nunavut
Nova Scotia Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia
Public Accountant Regulated Public Accountants Board of the Province of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Chartered Professional Accountants - Northwest Territories / Nunavut
Ontario Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
Public Accountant Regulated Public Accountants Council for the Province of Ontario
Prince Edward Island Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Chartered Professional Accountants of Prince Edward Island
Québec Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec
Saskatchewan Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan
Yukon Chartered Professional Accountant Regulated Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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