Co-op program details

Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) - Accounting, Audit and Information Technology

Program details

Credential: 4-Year Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours)

This innovative four-year co-op program is like no other offered in the province of Ontario, addressing the need for professional accountants and auditors with information technology expertise. Students acquire the skills needed in today's global business environment, blending a comprehensive education of theory, integrated applied projects and work terms.

Graduates who complete the program at an acceptable minimum grade level, meet the educational requirements for direct entry into the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Professional Education Program (PEP) which is part of an individual's path to obtaining their full CPA designation.

Student availability & wage data

Conestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.

Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.

Work/Study Sequence

Year Fall (Sept - Dec) Winter (Jan - Apr) Spring (May - Aug)
Year 1 Classes Classes
Year 2 Classes Classes
Year 3 Classes Classes
Year 4 Work Term 1: $15–24 Work Term 2: $15–24 Classes
Year 5 Classes

Conestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students and offers suggested ranges as a service to employers for the purpose of establishing fair and competitive compensation.

Our experience has been that employers increase wages as skills increase, particularly when employing students for more advanced work terms. The Co-operative Education Office can provide assistance to employers in establishing appropriate wage rates.

Work term capabilities

Specific skills and abilities that students are typically capable of performing during a given work term are listed below.

Work terms 1 and 2

  • Prepare financial statements using domestic or international generally accepted accounting principles (excluding foreign currency translations)
  • Recommend to management appropriate accounting and financial techniques for planning and control in domestic or international settings
  • Participate in external audits
  • Assess the effect of domestic federal taxation on planning and decision-making for individuals
  • Communicate effectively in both domestic and international contexts
  • Ability to collaborate with others, ability to integrate information cross-functionally, critical and creative thinking, self-evaluation of own performance and professional development needs, and leadership
  • Develop an appreciation of the concepts and values required to enhance the quality of life for self and others in the home, workplace and the local and global community through an exploration of selected areas of aesthetics, civic life, culture, personal development, society, work or science and technology
  • Participate in internal audits
  • Assess employee and organizational information and administration systems through the effective use of information technology which is culturally, legally and ethically appropriate
  • Assess management’s application of risk-management techniques to specific business situations
  • Assess the effect of domestic federal taxation on planning and decision-making for corporations

Sample job titles

Work term 1:
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Staff Accountant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Junior Accountant
  • Audit Assistant
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
Work term 2:
  • Staff Accountant
  • Tax Auditor
  • Audit Assistant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Financial Auditor
  • Field Auditor

Program courses

To see a typical course list for this program, see the current program course information.

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Contact information

Do you need help developing a recruitment plan or job posting, accessing wage information, or connecting with a talented co-op student? Contact:

Jeff Hoekman
Employer Relations Consultant
Jhoekman@conestogac.on.ca
519-748-5220, ext. 5137