Professional Designations

Goodman School of Business

Professional Designations

The programs at the Goodman School of Business are not only designed to meet degree requirements but also the requirements for a variety of professional designations.

The following are some common professional designations and information on how our programs can help work towards these designations.

Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP)
Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA)


Brock's Bachelor of Accounting (BAcc) program prepares students to practice accounting either in industry or obtain a public accounting license. At qualification, new Canadian CPAs will demonstrate the  competencies expected of leading professional accountants. Specifically they will be required to demonstrate:

  • TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES in advanced financial reporting, strategy and governance, and management accounting, as well as in audit and assurance, finance and taxation.
  • ENABLING COMPETENCIES including professionalism, ethical behavior, written and oral communication, leadership, problem-solving and decision-making.

While financial reporting and management accounting will be central, the CPA certification program will require the demonstration of competence in all six competency areas:  financial reporting, strategy and governance, management accounting, audit and assurance, finance, and taxation. Brock's proposed pathway to the CPA designation ensures that students obtain all required competencies.


To earn the CFA, you must successfully pass through the CFA Program, a graduate-level self-study program that combines a broad curriculum with professional conduct requirements, culminating in a series of three sequential exams.  The course of study in the CFA program is determined by the Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK).

Brock's BBA Finance concentration degree program (or FNCE 3P96, FNCE 4P04 and FNCE 4P16 as a minimum) can prepare students for the CFA program, however, the CFA Institute can better advise you on the tools you need to be successful.  Find out more about how you can make the CFA program work for you.

The Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education (CIMEE) with the Goodman School of Business periodically offers a full exam preparation program for students planning to write the upcoming CFA exam. Information on course availability and registration procedures.

Faculty Representative:
Ernest Biktimirov, Associate Professor


Effective January 1, 2011, CHRP applicants will require a degree to be granted the CHRP designation.  The coursework requirement is one of the five components to the certification process.

The coursework requirement consists of successful completion of nine courses, which can be completed through the Goodman School of Business. Successful completion means obtaining a grade of 70% or better over all nine courses with no single course below 65%. The nine courses are:

  • Human Resources Management (HRM)
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Human Resources Planning
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Training and Development
  • Labour Relations
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Compensation

Faculty Representative: Deborah McPhee, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and AACSB Accreditation


The CPSA has an accreditation program for sales professionals where they can earn a Certified Sales Professional designation. It requires considerable course work, two years of sales experience, and an agreement to abide by the CPSA Sales Institute Code of Ethics. Students who complete the following program of courses at Brock will no longer have to take the academic courses for the CSP designation: just work experience, the ethics agreement, and an exam.

1. MGMT 1P96
2. MKTG 3P24
3. MKTG 4P26
4. Either ETHC 3P82 or MGMT 4P90.
5. Any two of six selected marketing electives:  MKTG 4P25, 4P29, 4P31, 4P34, 4P95 or 4P36.

Faculty Representative: Herb MacKenzie, Associate Professor


Goodman Exchange Student Orientation
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