Professional Designations

A professional designation is earned from an organization, representing the standards of each professional association and licensing bodies that coordinate them. The School of Business re​cognizes that achieving certain professional designations requires considerable study and subject expertise. The following designations have been evaluated by our academic team and our curriculum has met each of these organization’s standards to practice their profession, retaining their advantageous designation and legally required to practice in specific fields.


Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) University Affiliation program

The UNBC School of Business has joined a prestigious group of global business schools as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) University Affiliation program in 2019. This indicates that our curriculum in Finance is closely tied to the gold standard of professional practices, which is a testament to the quality of our Business program at UNBC. The CFA Program is widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing process. Our graduates will be well positioned to take the path toward their success in the financial industry. As an affiliated school, we will be allotted at least three students scholarships per year toward the CFA exam.

Recommended Finance Courses for CFA:

  • COMM 210: Financial Accounting
  • COMM 211: Managerial Accounting
  • COMM 220: Financial Management I
  • COMM 320: Financial Management II
  • COMM 321: Investment and Security Analysis
  • COMM 420: Advanced Financial Management
  • COMM 421: Portfolio Theory and Management
  • COMM 422: Management of Financial Institutions
  • COMM 423: Financial Engineering

Note: The courses do not earn you the designation, but do fulfill some academic course requirements and/or prepares you for the CFA examinations.

For further CFA information at UNBC, contact Chengbo Fu at Chengbo.Fu@unbc.ca.


Certified in Management (C.I.M.) professional designation

Nationally Accredited Educational Program by the Chartered Managers Canada in 2015

The UNBC School of Business is proud to have our Bachelor of Commerce accredited by the Chartered Managers Canada, the only organization in Canada that grants designations recognizing general management skills and expertise. This accreditation speaks to the position of UNBC as a leader in the field of business and management education.

Upon graduating from the Bachelor of Commerce at UNBC, students will have met the academic requirements for the Certified in Management (C.I.M.) professional designation. Graduates can receive their C.I.M designation through one of the two routes:

  1. Obtaining 2 years of professional-level management experience, or
  2. Successfully passing the online Management Aptitude Education (MAE)

Chartered Professional Accountants BC (CPA) designation

Graduates of the CPA Accredited Program at UNBC gain direct access to the CPA Common Final Evaluation (CFE), which is the national qualifying evaluation for the CPA designation.

Students who are missing one or more of the required courses for direct admission into the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) may consider completing equivalent coursework at UNBC at another recognized post-secondary institution, or through the CPA preparatory courses.

CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) Prerequisites

UNBC students may be exempt from specific CPA prerequisite requirements if they have completed the following courses.

Required courses and subject area/CPA preparatory courses:

  • COMM 210: Introductory Financial Accounting*
  • COMM 211: Introductory Management Accounting*
  • ECON 100 & 101: Economics*
  • ECON 205 or STAT 240: Statistics*
  • COMM 310: Intermediate Financial Reporting I
  • COMM 311: Intermediate Financial Reporting II
  • COMM 414: Advanced Financial Reporting
  • COMM 220 & 320: Corporate Finance
  • COMM 412: Audit and Assurance
  • COMM 313 & 314: Taxation
  • COMM 312 & 411: Intermediate Management Accounting
  • COMM 312 & 400: Performance Management
  • COMM 300: Business Law*
  • CPSC 250 & CPSC 351: Information Technology*

*Non-core PEP prerequisites

For more information on CPA PEP and preparatory courses, visit https://www.gocpabc.ca

For further CFA information at UNBC, contact Mike Cuthbertson Mike.Cuthbertson@unbc.ca  or Natascha Lukawitski Natascha.Lukawitski@unbc.ca


Chartered Professional in Human Resources Canada (CPHR) 

CPHR (Chartered Professional in Human Resources) Canada and the member associations are constantly reviewing and accrediting post-secondary programs in each region. CPHR (Chartered Professional in Human Resources) of BC & Yukon reviewed and accredited our curriculum in Human Resources Management in 2017. This accreditation acknowledges our HR major as it meets the competency framework of CPHR.

Graduates from our HR major program who achieve an overall cumulative average of B- and have been a member of CPHR BC & YK continuously since registering into their 3rd year major courses will be awarded national knowledge exam (NKE) exemption status by CPHR BC & YK.

Graduates can apply to receive the CPHR designation when they meet the experience requirements of the designation (i.e., 3 years of professional-level HR experience within the past 10 years).

Required HR Courses for CPHR:

  • COMM 330-3 Human Resource Management
  • COMM 332-3 Business and Professional Ethics
  • COMM 334-3 Strategic Human Resource Planning
  • COMM 335-3 Organizational Effectiveness
  • COMM 431-3 Industrial Relations
  • COMM 433-3 Recruitment, Selection and Retention
  • COMM 434-3 Compensation
  • COMM 435-3 Organizational Learning, Development and Training
  • COMM 436-3 Workplace Health and Safety

For further CPHR information, contact Tim Read – CPHR BC & Yukon Member Relations Manager, North e: tread@cphrbc.ca p: 250 317 8344 or Jennifer Sumner - Administrative Assistant, School of Business e: jennifer.sumner@unbc.ca p: 250-960-5705.