Computer Integration

The CGA program has earned global respect for its leadership in technology-integrated training. CGA’s integration of the latest business software and web-based technologies– accelerating students’ efficiency of learning, while equipping them with the practical skills to effectively compete in today’s technological world.


All CGA students must have access to, and the familiarity to use the appropriate computer hardware, operating system software, and the Internet. Students must ensure that these requirements are met prior to enrolling the program.


To ensure you are prepared to use the necessary computer applications, the Association has developed self-study Computer Tutorials, presented in three modules. Each module is designed for self-study and requires approximately 10 to 15 hours to complete and there are no examinations. The tutorials are designed to introduce students to the basic features of: Microsoft Windows (CT1); Microsoft Excel (CT2); and ACCPAC (CT3).

The computer skills demonstrated within CT1 & CT2 are prerequisite knowledge for the CGA program. Students are strongly recommended to complete the tutorials prior to beginning their first CGA course. CT1 and CT2 may be purchased from the CGA office. CT3 is included with enrollment of the Financial Accounting: Assets (FA2).


CGA has integrated a wide range of leading software in courses throughout the program, including: ACCPAC, Excel, Access, CANTAX, CaseWare, and Audit Command Language. Most required software is included with the applicable course registration.


All students must have access to Microsoft Office 2000, XP, 2003 or 2007. These packages include Excel, Word, Access, Power Point and Internet Explorer. Students without licensed access to this software may purchase Microsoft’s Office Home and Student 2007 version, available for $180 at most business software stores.


All students are required to protect their computers with reputable and current virus checking and firewall software. This requirement minimizes the risk of system failure due to a virus infection and the spreading of viruses to other computers. Students are able to purchase Trend Micro Systems antivirus software at a reduced price of $15.


Students who already own or have access to an older generation of computer should determine the appropriateness of their system for use during the 2007/08 academic year. Briefly, the minimum system for students includes a Pentium 1.4GHz processor or equivalent; 15128MB RAM; 1GB hard drive space; 4X CD-ROM drive; 56 Kbps modem; Super VGA or higher video card; 15” SVGA colour monitor; sound card/speakers, Windows 2000 with SP3, XP or Vista; Security software with regular updates; and a Windows compatible printer. This minimum system configuration is not recommended for new purchases and may not be adequate for future academic years.


Students who plan to purchase new computers and printers for use in the CGA program are recommended to acquire systems that include the following features: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athalon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor; 1 GB RAM or more; 80GB hard drive or larger; 48x or faster CD-RW or combo DVD/CD-RW drive; four or more USB ports; sound card/speakers; 64 MB AGP Video; cable or ADSL Internet connection; 100 Mbps Network interface; 17” LCD panel; Windows version XP or Vista; Security software with regular updates; and a quality inkjet or laser printer.

The CGA Association reserves the right to require CGA students to upgrade their hardware configuration in future years to meet new software requirements. For current information on computer system requirements visit the CGA-Canada website
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