Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.) Program


About the Program

The Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C) is Canada’s only university accredited program, making it truly one of a kind. Taught by seasoned audit committee chairs, academics and advisers, the A.C.C. program helps you perform effectively on board audit committees. As a program participant, you not only learn the audit and financial aspects of the audit committee’s responsibilities, you also gain a deep understanding of the management components and relationship tactics involved in committee effectiveness.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Canada’s first university-accredited certificate program, the A.C.C. program meets the highest academic standards, passing rigorous screening by the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.
  • The curriculum was developed in collaboration with the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) of Ontario to ensure what you are learning is comprehensive and relevant.
  • Combined flexible e-learning and residential education. The on-site module provides plenty of opportunity to network with peers and faculty.
  • Our experiential curriculum goes beyond the technical aspects of audit committee work to look at the behavioural, managerial and relational skills needed to excel on this important board committee.
  • A critical component of our program is the Audit Committee simulation, in which real-world audit committee scenarios are played out in the classroom giving you the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you acquired through the program – and gain a deeper, immersive learning experience as a result.
  • Diverse faculty of seasoned professionals including audit committee chairs, CFOs, academics, advisers and behavioural consultants. Sessions are delivered through an engaging combination of lectures, interactive working sessions, and case studies.

Please note that A.C.C. modules do need to be taken in sequence.

Registration Fee: The $6,250 registration fee for the program (HST exempt) includes e-learning module, the two-day residential module, , two nights’ accommodation, meals, all program materials, the Principle-Based Governance webinar (if required) and the proctored exam.
Special Note: Chartered Directors (C.Dir.) receive a 10 per cent discount on the registration fee (which cannot be combined with any other offers). C.Dir. are also eligible for 16 CPD hours in completing the Audit Committee Certified Program. All Directors College Programs qualify participants for a tax tuition receipt. 


Upcoming A.C.C. Dates

Audit Committee Simulation—May 13–14, 2016 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (on-site module)

About the A.C.C. Modules

E-Learning Module: Compensation Design, Strategy, and Risk

  • Audit committee charters and processes
  • Specific roles of the audit committee chair and members
  • External and internal audit processes
  • How the audit committee can enhance audit quality

On Site Module: Committee Mandate, Processes, and Performance

  • Risk management processes and the nature of risk
  • Character as the foundation of success – emphasizing the behavioural and relational aspects of board committee work
  • Audit committee meeting simulation, for hands-on integration of program learning

To obtain the A.C.C. designation, you must:

  • Complete the A.C.C. e-learning curriculum
  • Participate in the Principle-Based Governance Webinar
  • Attend the two-day residential A.C.C. sessions
  • Successfully complete The Directors College Audit Committee exam

Candidates for the A.C.C. Program would have

  • A Financial designation (ie; CMA/CFA/CA/FCA/CPA)
  • If no designation must take a financial literacy quiz with a 75% passing grade or higher
  • Note candidates who have taken Module 1 of the C.Dir. Program are exempt from the principal based webinar.

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What our graduates say?

“The Directors College experience has been nothing short of exceptional, with immediate benefit within the boards on which I serve. Undoubtedly, this program supports its brand of being the gold standard in board governance effectiveness. Of particular benefit was the opportunity to share the learning experience with colleagues within their various roles at the boardroom table. I have developed an enriched knowledge base from which to draw, as well as an enhanced quality network. Without hesitation, I recommend this program, and congratulate its faculty and staff for its commitment to excellence within its mandate.”

Silvia Martini, Vice-President, Interlink Research Inc.

“I performed a significant amount of research when selecting an option for advanced governance education. All of my research pointed to The Directors College. Being the only university accredited program was important, but more important, was that the faculty has an amazing balance of academic and professional background. No other program offers such a unique and high learning environment – the perfect balance of academia and real examples. The experience is demanding and allows you to generate a vast networks of peers who are dedicated to raising the bar on governance – truly the gold standard.”

Daniel Johnson, B.Comm, C.Dir., Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Credit Union

“The Chartered Director program provided me with a solid foundation in governance which built my confidence to comprehensively serve as a director. The exceptional content and educational process enhanced my curiosity, courage and ability to ask the right questions on crown, non-profit and corporate boards.”

Victor T. Thomas, C.Dir., H.R.C.C.C., Vice Chair, SaskEnergy

“I thought the entire program was very well developed and comprehensive. You never know what to expect when you sign-up for these programs and this exceeded my expectations and was a great learning opportunity.”

James Scongack, C.Dir., Vice-President of Corporate Affairs, Bruce Power LP

“I found the Chartered Director Program to be an excellent forum to understand how strong governance complements effective management. The ability to create and execute an effective strategy is significantly enhanced by a robust process inclusive of board engagement where the right questions are asked and expected outcomes are identified. I truly enjoyed the setting which fostered a strong level of interaction that was supported by quality presentations and material. As CEO of a Shared Service Organization set to deliver benefits to its members, I see the advantage of having a number of our board members participating in this program.”

Tony Di Emanuele, MBA, C.Dir., President and CEO, Mohawk Shared Services

“A strong board needs a combination of industry knowledge and sound judgement. You need people able to challenge one another, but in a productive environment. The Directors College provides skills, perspectives and tactics to drive value as an effective and successful board member. As a graduate of the Chartered Director Program, I found The Directors College an excellent survey of the critical issues and developing trends of today’s corporate environment. I highly recommend The Directors College.”

The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., C.Dir., President & Chief Executive, Canadian Council of Chief Executives and former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

“The changes that impact corporate governance are establishing a pattern of increased accountability for the delivery of long-term value to customers, shareholders, employees and society. Proper corporate governance is now being defined to include knowledge of critical elements such as risk management and the measurement of strategic performance. At the end of the day, each board will be judged on its ability to effectively deliver value, rather than on its structure. The Directors College innovative program fills a unique and important gap in providing knowledge and insight as to how this expectation can be met. CMA Canada is pleased to be a sponsor of this timely initiative.”

Steve Vieweg, C.Dir., CPFA (Hon), FCPA FCMA, CEO, CPA Western School of Business

“As an organization focused on educating corporate secretaries, the CSCS believes in furthering the potential of board members to better contribute to building effective governance structures. Given the key role of directors and corporate secretaries in applying proper boardroom practices, corporations need to ensure that these individuals meet a professional standard. The Directors College curriculum covers all the formal regulatory issues for directors and also addresses the informal skills of building effective and appropriate relationships with senior management. We see significant benefits to this program and CSCS is pleased to endorse it.”

Lynn Beauregard, President, Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries

The Directors College has developed a director education program which goes well beyond the fundamentals to address the structures and the behavioural components of principle-based governance. I am proud to be associated with the Directors College and I am honoured to lend my name to the College’s graduate award.

Gilbert Bennett, Director and Former Chairman of the Board, Canadian Tire Corporation Limited