Fact Sheet – Accountant

Last updated: December 2019

Regulated profession:

  • Accountant
NOC 2016¹ Occupation
1111 Financial auditor and accountant  (includes Chartered Public Accountant – CPA)
0111 Financial manager
Note: There are a wide variety of occupations in the field of accounting. They include regulated and non-regulated occupations. Regulated occupations (NOC 1111 and 0111) include professional accountants, public accountants, and auditors. These occupations require individuals to hold a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation or one of the legacy accounting designations: CGA, CMA, or CA.
Non-regulated occupations include accounting clerks, bookkeepers, payroll clerks, income tax experts, etc. To work in a non-regulated occupation individuals must meet the employer’s hiring criteria which typically requires having related education or training, work experience, and knowledge of industry-specific accounting software. Non-regulated occupations in the field of accounting include: NOC 1431 Accounting and related clerks; NOC 1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers


Protected titles:

  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA and C.P.A.) or variations which include: Professional Accountant / Public Accountant

Regional body:

National body:

  • CPA Canada is the national organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the CPA profession. CPA Canada is not a regulatory body.

Application process: (for CPA Certification)

Credential assessment:

  • Internationally-educated applicants (IEA) must obtain a Credential Evaluation from a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC). Upon receipt of the Credential Evaluation, the CPA Western School of Business conducts an International Education Transcript Assessment.
  • The Credential Evaluation and the International Education Transcript Assessment are separate processes with separate fees. For details, see Get Started at CPA Manitoba.

Language proficiency:

  • No specific English language proficiency test score is required. However, CPA Manitoba and CPA Canada highly recommend prospective applicants have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 8 (or equivalent level of English language proficiency) before enrolling in a CPA program. For further information on CLB levels, open “Can Do Statements” and scroll to CLB 8.

Professional competency profiles:


Employment outlook:

  • Open Explore careers by outlook
  • Enter occupation name or NOC code in window; click “Search”
  • Scroll down to view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.

Job search tools:

  • CPA Career Network an online portal for connecting CPA Manitoba members and candidates/students with business and accounting related employment opportunities in Manitoba.
  • To search job postings in any occupation visit:
    • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
    • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match

Related occupations / Alternate careers:

There are many reasons an internationally-educated accountant  may be interested in working in a related occupation.  Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:

  • apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
  • gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
  • gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.

Listed below are examples of occupations in the broader field of accounting, data entry, banking, and administration.  While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body.  Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification. Always check the hiring criteria carefully.  Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

NOC 2016¹ Occupation
General accounting and data entry
1431 Accounting and related clerks
1432 Payroll administrators, pay/benefits clerks, pension plan officer, and other payroll clerks
1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
1435 Collection clerks
1422 Data entry clerks
1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting (Open NOC 1122 see ‘View all titles’)
1524 Purchasing and inventory control workers
1225 Purchasing agents and officers
6611 Cashiers in various settings
1411 General office support workers
6551 Customer service representatives – financial institutions
1434 Banking, insurance, and other financial officers
6235 Financial sales representatives (Open NOC 6235 see ‘View all titles’)
1454 Survey interviewers and statistical clerks
6552 Other customer and information service representatives (Open NOC 6552 see ‘View all titles’)

Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division.  It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.

1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.