1. You must have a high school diploma.
2. You must finish a college program in accounting, bookkeeping or a related field or two years (first level) of a recognized professional accounting program (such as Chartered Accounting or Certified General Accounting), or a combination of courses in accounting or bookkeeping plus several years' experience as a financial or accounting clerk.
3. With additional training, you may move up the ranks to become an accountant.
4. Many recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have an undergraduate university degree and 3 in 10 have a trade/vocational certificate.