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  • 20-month post-graduate diploma program
  • January entry date
  • Currently open to International Students only

This post-graduate diploma program is designed to help students prepare for the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada designation. The program was developed from the CPA competency map that provides graduates with the opportunity to fill current and ongoing demand for accountants. Graduates can apply to use their post-graduate diploma credits for standing toward the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Students will gain a deeper understanding of accounting practices and principles; accounting management; taxation; communications; business law as it relates to finances and accounting.

Practical application and industry projects will further hone their business skills during the four-month Work Integrated experiential learning and produce confident graduates who have real work experience to incorporate into their resumes in search of career opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.


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  • Go to apply.rrc.ca and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Diploma or Degree
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in the final year of a post-secondary:
      • Diploma (two-year or longer program)
      • Degree
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by the deadline specified in your admission letter.
    • Post-secondary transcripts must be submitted directly from the post-secondary institution.
    • If you completed your education outside of Canada or the United States, do not submit your international academic credentials until requested to do so. See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option. If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review.

Applicants with related work experience will be considered and an interview may be required to determine suitability.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
The Official CanTEST was discontinued in 2021, and as of October 20, 2021 the RRC CanTEST is no longer offered at RRC Polytechnic. CanTEST results dated within 2 years of your application date will still be accepted to meet English language proficiency requirements. Please note the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program requires the Official CanTEST (The RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
LSI (Language Studies International)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $135 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Year 2
Books and Supplies
Year 1

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Year 1
Term 1Credit Hours
Term 2Credit Hours
ADMN-2053Business Law
Term 3Credit Hours
Year 2
Term 4Credit Hours
FNCE-2005Taxation 2
Term 5Credit Hours
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
ACCT-1071Accounting FundamentalsRPL
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In this course, the student will be introduced to fundamental accounting principles, concepts and techniques. This course will focus on double-entry bookkeeping and the preparation of financial statements focusing on sole proprietorship. Period end processes, such as adjusting accounts and the closing process are also discussed. The result is a complete presentation of the accounting cycle for service and merchandise businesses. Throughout the course, interpreting financial statements from a non-accounting manager perspective will be included.

ACCT-1079Tax Fundamentals
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In this course, the student will develop a basic understanding of the structure and concepts of the Canadian income tax system and its administration for individuals and corporations. The student will learn how income and tax are calculated for individuals, corporations, and will be introduced to planning principles for tax strategies. The student will apply their knowledge by performing calculations to solve practical problems and case analyses. This course provides the student with a practical knowledge base in accounting and the financial services.

ACCT-2071Financial AccountingRPL
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This course builds on the knowledge the student developed in the Accounting Fundamentals course. It begins with a detailed view of adjusting and closing entries followed by an examination of inventory costing methods and accounts receivable, short-term notes receivable, capital assets and current liabilities. Accounting for partnerships along with an introduction to corporation accounting covering the issuance of shares and dividends will also be examined in this course. Other topics covered include accounting for non-current liabilities and the statement of cash flows.

ACCT-3070Intermediate Accounting 1
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This course moves beyond the fundamental accounting processes of the introductory courses. The student will learn about measurement, valuation and the presentation of all balance sheet elements. The importance of user objectives in financial reporting and a professional’s responsibility to society are discussed. The student will learn how to develop comprehensive financial statements for public companies and will participate in broad discussions on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprise (ASPE). The remainder of the course will cover the variety of accounting policy choices that are available to measure and value assets and the criteria used to make those choices. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to properly measure and value balance sheet elements using appropriate standards, recognize situations where choices between accounting policies exist, evaluate the choices, and prepare recommendations. The student will also learn to develop professional rapport and client service skills.

Take ACCT-2071, or take both ACCT-1971 and ACCT-2043. Take MATH-2078, or take MATH-1051.
ACCT-4070Intermediate Accounting 2
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In this course, the student will continue to learn about measurement, valuation and presentation of liabilities and shareholders’ equity. In class, we will cover current and long term liabilities, shareholders’ equity, complex debt and equity instruments, leases, income taxes, pensions and accounting changes. We will continue our study of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and introduce financial statement analysis concepts and methods. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to properly measure and value balance sheet elements using appropriate generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This course may be used as a transfer credit into other educational institution programs or towards a program of professional studies (e.g. CPA) provided a satisfactory level of achievement is obtained. The student will also learn persuasiveness, negotiation skills, and client service skills to connect with a broad client base and manage their professional reputation.

ACCT-4071Cost Accounting
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This course will introduce the student to various cost terms and concepts. Job-order and process costing (e.g. weighted average method) will be covered. The student will perform Cost-Volume-Profit analyses and breakeven calculations as well as a comparison between variable costing and absorption costing methods. Activity-based costing and budgeting will also be explored in class. Other topics that will be covered in this course include standard costs, flexible budgets and analysis, decentralization, and relevant costs for managerial decision-making.

Take ACCT-2071, or take both ACCT-1971 and ACCT-2043.
ADMN-2053Business Law
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In this course the student will develop an understanding of the legal rights and responsibilities attached to a wide range of activities necessary to conduct business and commerce. The goal of this course is to teach the legal aspects and consequences of various business endeavours and to introduce the following areas of law: contract, tort, property, and case analysis using legal writing.

BUSA-1167College Success Strategies
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This course offers tools that will help students to navigate the changes that come with moving on to a new school.  Students will learn how to define and set achievable goals, using time wisely as well as establish and nurture relationships with instructors and peers, allowing them to respond to stress and balance studies, jobs, friends and families.  Students will have a greater opportunity for academic success as they develop effective study habits, note taking strategies, and test-taking skills.  They will achieve greater confidence as they enhance academic integrity and learn creative ways to solve problems.. 

BUSA-1168Intercultural Competence
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This course covers concepts, theories, and frameworks fundamental to building mutual respect between people across cultures. The course demonstrates how students can help build stronger teams and communities that benefit from the power of understanding diverse worldviews, attitudes, and contributions. It highlights the skills and attributes students need so they can collaborate effectively in a multicultural context. While honoring their knowledge and experiences, this course provides a venue for exploring creative ways of bridging a student’s perspective with that of others who have backgrounds different from their own. Students will develop skills for communicating and working within a diverse setting. 

BUSA-1169Effective Writing & Speaking for Business
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Having effective communication skills is key to a student’s success in this fast-paced and globally connected world. This course provides guidance for writing common types of business text including informational and analytical reports, workplace emails, letters, memos, and short essays. Students will also learn guidelines for properly documenting sources of information they obtain from their research. During the coursework, students will also get a closer look at the processes involved in interpreting authentic reading materials such as case studies, course textbooks, and articles from journals, news, and websites. Students will polish their ability to learn through reading and researching. 

COMM-1162Communicating for Results
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This course is designed to prepare students with the skills needed for their academic program. Students will learn how to write in a Canadian academic setting, increase self-awareness to maximize learning, understand how to work with integrity, and read and research critically. Students will have opportunities to apply these strategies and reflect on their progress as learners.

COMM-1173Communication StrategiesRPL
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Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

COMM-2172Communication for the WorkplaceRPL
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This course reinforces the communication strategies practiced in COMM-1173 to provide students with the communication skills needed to apply for, stay in, and progress in the world of work. Students will further develop their interpersonal skills and digital fluency by seeking college, industry and community supports. Additionally, they will apply speaking, writing, and collaboration strategies to getting the job, adjusting to the job, and developing long-term career goals. Communication for the Workplace is a creative and active learning opportunity to set students apart in today’s competitive job market.

COMM-2174Communication for Business
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Do you trust your own judgement? Can you make decisions confidently, give feedback constructively, and handle disagreements professionally? Your ability to successfully work in the business sector requires strong communicative competence.

In this Communication for Business course, the student will continue to develop their communicative competence by collaborating with their peers to manage and present information in oral and written form, demonstrate active listening, and practice negotiation/persuasion strategies in a business context (marketing, sales, and customer service).

COMM-3175Communication for Global MGMT and Leadership
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Welcome to Communication for Global MGMT and Leadership. Human skills such as intercultural competence, collaboration, and negotiation are essential for working in any business environment. In this course, students will continue to practice advanced communication skills expected in today’s leadership and management positions in a variety of business settings (public/private, domestic/international). This course will give the business professional practical communication skills and strategies for administrative, accounting, leadership and management roles in the global business environment.

FNCE-2005Taxation 2
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This course will provide students enrolled in the Business Accountancy program an understanding of basic and more complex taxation issues relevant to individuals and corporations. Issues concerning the purchase and sale of a Canadian Controlled Private Corporation, corporate reorganizations, and those related to partnerships, joint ventures, and trusts will be explored. Throughout the course, students will apply their knowledge as they prepare T1 individual and T2 corporate income tax returns using software. Students will also learn about the Canadian GST/HST system and the obligations imposed on GST/HST registrants with respect to the tax status of supplies, input tax credits, collection, and compliance. 

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This course will include an introduction to auditing, its objectives and reports, the types of evidence and documentations required, the study of internal control, and audit sampling. The processes of the audit of revenue and collections and acquisitions and expenditures will be covered. These skills will be acquired through participation in a combination of classroom instruction, independent learning and an audit simulation project.

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First, students will become familiar with the role of finance and its implication for risk, income and control, credit conditions and a firm's state of liquidity. Then, students will study the various sources and their effects on capital borrowing and investments in both the public and private sectors. Students will also examine cost of capital theory, optimal capital structure, and capital budget decision-making processes. Finally, students will apply financial formulas to calculate values and rates of return to make financial decisions. 

MATH-1079Critical Thinking for Results
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Being able to think critically and to solve problems with creativity and resourcefulness are two key skills that employers want you to have. This course will give you exposure to some proven problem- solving techniques, along with opportunities to practice thinking critically and solving problems. You will work individually and in groups to explore real-world issues; you will report to the instructor and to your classmates on your findings in both written and oral formats. 

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MATH-2084Data Analytics
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Practice of understanding, identifying and appropriately using data to make business decisions. Firms that Combine data analytics with business acumen will have a clear competitive advantage. Students will learn the foundation of data analytics and be introduced to methods to collect relevant data and turn it into valuable information to make business decisions quickly and effectively based on strong analysis and predictability. 

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The student will complete a minimum sixteen-week work experience, either paid or unpaid. While the college will help students find work placements, it is each student’s responsibility to find a position. The college approved placement must be related to the specialty courses of the program. Students will prepare an assignment related to the placement, and final evaluation will be assessed by the work placement supervisor and the college. 

PROJ-1030Project Management FundamentalsRPL
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Study the fundamental aspects and principles of project management including life cycle, integration, planning, organization and communication. Learn about work breakdown structures, diagramming, cost management and resource allocation. Examine today’s issues affecting project management including risk management, quality, conflict, and team building.

CO-OP/Practicum Information

There will be a (4) four-month work-integrated or experiential learning component. The type of experience may vary among students—co-operative education, internship, practicum, industry project depending on available industry opportunities. For more information, see the Practicum information located here.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College Polytechnic programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College Polytechnic students require, at minimum:

  1. Off-campus access to a current Windows based laptop computer with a webcam
  2. A high speed internet connection
  • Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload.
  • Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
  • Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/studentcomputing for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Graduates can apply to use their post-graduate diploma credits for standing toward the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete the program within four years from the start of the first course in the program, unless otherwise stated in the program outline. 

A program GPA of 2.0 (60%) is required to graduate.

For complete details on applying to graduate and convocation, see rrc.ca/convocation.

Contact Information

For more information contact:
School of Continuing Education
E113 - 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9
Phone: 204-694-1789 or 1-866-242-7073
Fax: 204-633-6489
Email: cde@rrc.ca

International applicants contact RRC's International Education Office at intled@rrc.ca or 204-632-2143 for information on this program and space availability

College Support Services

Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

Academic Advising Service
Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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