CGA's Program of Professional Studies is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to study part-time while pursuing full-time employment and career advancement. CGA prepares you for certification as a financial professional. The program offers four sessions annually (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer). To be successful you will need commitment, self-discipline and organization skills. You should anticipate devoting approximately 20 to 25 hours per week for a single course to your studies. CGA recommends that you take only one course per session while you are working full-time.
Online Learning and Support Services
The CGA Program offers students the flexibility of learning without in-class attendance; the entire CGA Program is be completed by using the online learning environment (Blackboard). The online learning environment offers students a more efficient and effective learning experience with intuitive navigation, one site access to all course related information and new learning resources – including multimedia diagnostic learning activities, automated course updates and comprehensive reviews. The feature rich Blackboard OLE provides CGA the ability to continuously improve and take advantage of innovative online learning developments. A variety of online learning support resources are provided for each course. In addition to weekly online audio lectures, students have access to a national tutor, study groups/chat lounges, practice examinations, examination blueprints, interactive module notes and model financial statements. Each CGA course has 10 weekly modules with required readings and may include an assignment, quiz and/or online discussion. For courses in levels 1-4, online assignments and quizzes will be assessed for 30% of your final course grade. In the PACE level, the assignments and/or online discussions will be used to qualify you for the national course examination. Each module provides a set of review questions and suggested solutions to reinforce the concepts and skills you have learned.
National Examinations are written at the end of each course. To assist examination preparation, you are provided with a practice examination and previously written CGA exams. Students must achieve a minimum final grade of 65% to earn credit for a course. For Levels 1-4, the final grade is a blend of the results from the assignments/quizzes and the final examination. For Pace level, the final course grade is based solely on the final examination.