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School of Business

Professional Designations

The School of Business works closely with many governing bodies to ensure students not only gain the highest standard of education, but also gain a competitive edge in the workplace through professional designations. Below are the professional designations that you can earn through a School of Business program.


What is a CPHR professional designation? CPHR Logo for the School of Business Professional Designations page

The CPHR acronym stands for “Chartered Professional in Human Resources” – it is a designation that nationally recognizes the professional for a level of achievement in the Human Resources field. It reflects a conviction that the professional practice of human resources management can safeguard the interests of employers, employees, and the business community.

Why is a CPHR designation important for the UFV School of Business?

This designation highlights the high standard of our School of Business program and propels students into a job-ready market with relevant skills and a nationally recognized level of professionalism.

What is a CPA designation?

The CPA acronym stands for “Chartered Professional Accountants” – one of the largest organizations that work provincially and territorially with CPA bodies to regulate the profession. CPA Canada is a progressive and forward-thinking organization whose members bring a convergence of shared values, diverse business skills, and exceptional talents to the accounting field.

Why is a CPA designation important for the UFV School of Business?

The CPA organization has a national voice in the accounting profession and works with other CPA bodies to standardize and set best practices for the industry. UFV’s School of Business recognizes the importance of this designation in your future success in the industry.

What is a CFA designation?

The CFA acronym stands for Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) and the School of Business is part of the CFA Institutes University Affiliation Program. This means that we weave a large portion of the CFA Program Candidate's Body of Knowledge, including ethics and standards of practice into our curriculum.

Why is a CFA designation important for the UFV School of Business?

Entry into the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program signals to potential students, employers, and the marketplace that the UFV curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the CFA examinations. The UFV School of Business is one of only three institutions in BC that are promoted by the CFA Institute to offer affiliated programs. Our program is part of 39 other Canadian institutions that have this designation.

What is a CPSA designation? CPSA Logo for the School of Business Professional Designations Page

The CPSA acronym stands for “Canadian Professional Sales Association” – which standardizes and sets ethical guidelines for sales professionals in Canada. This designation signifies outstanding professionalism within the sales industry.

Why is a CPSA designation important for the UFV School of Business?

CPSA Institute Accredited Partners are industry leaders and top sales training companies that deliver results-driven information and insights that will position students to succeed, now and in the future. Accreditation is assurance that students are receiving rigorous, standards-based training that helps them develop the skills and knowledge needed to excel in a complex, competitive marketplace.