March 12, 2008
Starting in fall 2008, HEC Montréal will be offering a new microprogram in professional practice – CGA. The short graduate program, worth 15 credits, will be offered in full-time and part-time formats, for CGA candidates.
This training is a new requirement in the certification program of the Ordre des CGA du Québec for candidates enrolled in the Order since September 2007. It prepares them for the Issues in Professional Practice (PA1) and Strategic Financial Management (PA2) national exams.
“The microprogram is designed to prepare students to deal with the realities of the accounting profession,” emphasizes Academic Supervisor Danièle Pérusse. “It will help them acquire new knowledge, and develop the qualities and skills they need to practise the profession and pass the national exams.”
For Ms. Pérusse, who served as Vice-President, Skills Development with the Ordre des CGA du Québec before joining HEC Montréal, one of the School’s strengths lies in its expertise in this field. HEC Montréal has an accounting faculty of some 30 professors, very active in research. “Students get the benefit of teaching that reflects the latest trends in accounting,” she notes.
The courses in the microprogram, which focus on practical skills – actual cases, role playing and professional simulations – will help students build on their knowledge of accounting, assurance, finance, management, taxation and professional ethics and integrity, in addition to fostering their ability to integrate, analyze and synthesize information.
There will be three admission periods per year for the microprogram in professional practice – CGA. For the fall 2008 term, the deadline is April 15.
An Information session (in French) on the microprogram will be held on Thursday, April 3, in the Deloitte Room, at HEC Montréal.