Pre-requisites & Graduation Requirements

CAPPA Certificate Program Pre-requisites & Graduation Requirements

Financial Accounting (effective September 1, 2015 (fall semester) for student enrollment after June 30, 2015) – CAPPA requires (through the educational institute of your choice) the pre-requisite of the successful completion of a basic Financial Accounting course prior to entry to Level 4 of the CAPPA program.  The choice of completed course that you bring to your admission request should include:

An Introduction to:

  • The accounting framework, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Financial Statement preparation
  • Accounting concepts such as accounting for Cash, Accounts Receivable, Assets, Liabilities, Sales and Inventories
  • Debits and Credits, Income Statement and Balance Sheet
  • The accounting cycle, GL, specialized journals
  • Assumptions, constraints

SAIT’s Oil and Gas Production Accounting course (“OGPA 201”) is an example of a course which fulfills this requirement SAIT OGPA-201

Excel (effective September 1, 2019 (fall semester) for student enrollment after June 30, 2019) CAPPA requires successful completion of the Excel pre-requisite prior to enrollment in Course 2.  Students may take the excel course at the institution with which they are enrolled in the CAPPA program, at CAPPA or elsewhere as long as it meets the content coverage listed below:

  • Create a basic worksheet by using Microsoft Excel
  • Perform calculations in an Excel worksheet
  • Modify an Excel worksheet
  • Modify the appearance of data within a worksheet
  • Manage Excel workbooks
  • Print the content of an Excel worksheet
  • Organize worksheet and table data using various techniques
  • Collaborate with other workbook users
  • Analyze data within Excel
  • Work with multiple workbooks
  • Import and export data
  • Create and edit professional-looking spreadsheets
  • Apply basic skill sets along with some intermediate to advanced functions to manage and audit numerical reports
  • Formatting such as VLOOKUP, SUMIF or use PIVOT TABLES
  • Understanding how to create and use PivotTables
  • Creating a PivotTable using drag-and-drop
  • Grouping your data
  • Creating additional calculated fields and items in your PivotTable
  • Sorting and filtering your PivotTables

English Comprehension – CAPPA strongly recommends that ESL students achieve an English comprehension of a minimum of Level 8 of the Canadian Language Benchmark Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test.  Please access the Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement test on  (This is a recommendation and not a pre-requisite at this time.)

Your pre-requisite will be reviewed and approved by the educational institute that you are enrolling in.

CAPPA also requires all students to complete additional online training modules provided by CAPPA and Petrinex (web-based reporting system). The fee for each course includes access to the online Petrinex modules and your educational institute will facilitate access.  Please see our Student FAQ page for more information.

CAPPA Certificate Program Completion Requirements

The program is offered throughout the year and your start and completion time will also vary based on the delivery method chosen (Classroom or Distance Learning). Many students complete the program in less than 2 years. The CAPPA program at SAIT are credit courses.

Students formerly enrolled in the Legacy Certificate Program and bridging to the 10 Level Certificate Program will be required to complete the within five (5) years of start of enrollment under the old program. This applies to all Legacy students.

As of July 1, 2019, new students will automatically be enrolled in the in the 10 Level CAPPA certificate program. These students must complete all 10 levels within 37 months of first enrollment.

To earn the CAPPA Certificate, all students are also required to complete additional online training modules provided by Petrinex. (web-based reporting system). The fee for each course includes access to the online Petrinex modules.

The passing grade requirement is B- for each level/course of the program.

Extension Requests

Students may request a one time extension for program completion by sending a written request to explaining the reason for the request. The request must be received a minimum of three months in advance of their certificate program completion deadline.

The CAPPA Education Advisory Committee will review each student’s circumstance and a final decision will be communicated within 15 days.

Students should not rely on an extension being granted.

Application for CAPPA Certificate

Certificates are issued through the CAPPA office not the educational Institutions

Student will need to apply to CAPPA to receive their CAPPA Certificate.

Verification of Prerequisites and Proof of Completion of the programs from the educational institution is required before the application can be accepted.

See links below to our website for the applications and more information:

Course Pricing

Contact SAIT for more information.

Several Student Awards are available for high performing students and information can be found on the CAPPA website.

CAPPA Student Membership

Students receive a discounted fee for CAPPA membership. Membership provides preferred pricing for CAPPA’s Career Professional Development (CPD) Program which includes Educational Luncheons, Seminars, Conference, Networking Events, Social Events along with Career Resources and Job Board.

Further Information

For program inquiries or registration please contact the Student Advisor at SAIT.

Andrew Julio
Academic Advising – School of Business
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Senator Burns Building, NN701
1301 16 Ave. NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0L4
(403) 284-8485

Further Information regarding the Program please contact the CAPPA office by email or call (403) 265-1533.