Academic Policies

Three Educational Divisions. Your education with Knowledge Bureau is organized into three training divisions. You may choose to select courses from any of them.


CE Savvy BizEd – Select short courses (about 1 hour), of special interest to business owner-managers or individuals who want to improve their business, tax and financial knowledge. By subscription or one course at a time.

  • VIP Designates. These courses qualify for Knowledge Bureau CE Credits.

CE Savvy PD – Designed for professionals who want to hone skills providing business, tax or wealth management services to their clients. Short courses, by subscription or one course at a time

  • VIP Designates. These courses qualify for Knowledge Bureau CE Credits.

CE Summits – Live virtual events designed for CE Credit purposes as well as technical skills development, drill down on issues of interest to tax, accounting and financial professionals. Also accredited by third parties. See

Prerequisites: A high school diploma or equivalency is required.


Certification and Designation. Knowledge Bureau awards certificates to graduates who have demonstrated verifiable workplace skills in their individual vocations. Students may also enter a designation program, either directly or indirectly, to learn a body of knowledge leading to expertise in an area of specialization.

Prerequisites. Knowledge Bureau provides continuing education courses leading to certified vocational skills and professional credentials along two pathways: the Scholar (Certification) Track and the Designation Track. Prerequisites are as follows:

Scholar Track (Individual Certificate Course Selections): Minimum requirement is high school diploma or equivalency. Recommended is one or more of the following qualifications:

  • least one year of either post-secondary education in the fields of accounting, economics or finance; or
  • experience/mentorship working in a professional tax or financial practice; or
  • equivalent international experience or mentorship.

Designation Track. Students may begin their pathway towards a designation on an indirect basis, that is, by taking one certificate course at a time under the Scholar Track. However, a direct entry at registration, will provide saving on tuition fees and students will avoid a Specialty Declaration Fee (see below), as students declare their specialty up front. For direct entry, see prerequisites under the Scholar Track.

View PDF Standards of Conduct

Knowledge Bureau designates have entered an academic pathway to acquire a deep and broad body of knowledge that is current to the issues that matter in the lives the multi-stakeholder environment they live and work in.

Holders of registered marks licensed by Knowledge Bureau also commit to holding themselves to a high standard of professional conduct and continuing education after graduation. It is a commitment to professionalism that our graduates in our network of specialists are proud to attest to.

The process for re-licensing the use of their designation marks is an annual process. The academic year for these purposes is July 1 to June 30.

View PDF Standards of Conduct

Students may take online courses within an academic path that leads to the earning of a Certificate of Achievement (one course at a time; up to 3 months per course); a Practitioner’s Diploma (three courses; up to 9 months total) or choose from several available designation programs (six courses; up to 18 months total).

Certification and Designation. Knowledge Bureau awards certificates to graduates who have demonstrated verifiable workplace skills in their individual vocations. Students may also enter a designation program, either directly or indirectly, to learn a body of knowledge leading to expertise in an area of specialization.

Designation Program Selections. Successful graduates demonstrate they have met knowledge proficiencies, ethical and professional standards by successfully passing skills-based examinations. Knowledge Bureau students are licensed to use the following marks:

RWM-Real Wealth Manager™ - Graduates of this program hold themselves out as the steward of a multi-generational plan attended by a team of professional advisors to meet the needs of a family stakeholder group. Direct entry only.

DMA-Distinguished Master Advisor™ - Recommended for students who are seeking to broadened their knowledge in all technical aspects of tax, accounting and wealth management areas, courses are chosen from a broad spectrum of curriculum. Direct or indirect entry. Requires 6 30-hour courses.

DFA-Personal Tax or Accounting Services Specialist™ - Graduates of these two areas of specializations hold themselves out in the marketplace as personal tax or accounting advisors with deep, specialized expertise in tax preparation (personal, proprietorships, trusts), bookkeeping and accounting services. Direct or indirect entry. Requires 6 30-hour courses.

MFA-Business or Retirement and Estate Services Specialist™ - Graduates of these two programs specialize in in tax, retirement, and estate services for owner-managers within a holistic wealth management framework. Direct or indirect entry. Requires 6 30-hour courses.

MFA-P-Philanthropic Services Specialist™ - Graduates of this program work in a collaborative team (charity, financial advisor, accountant, legal advisor and client) to development and monitor strategic philanthropic giving. Direct Entry Only.

FDFS-Fellow of Distinguished Financial Services™ - These professionals are recognized for their outstanding contribution to their field of specialization through the acquisition and stewardship of knowledge skills, ethical and regulatory compliance and mentorship of others. You may apply for fellowship after the achievement of the following:

  1. Designation with Knowledge Bureau, in one of the programs above.
  2. Educational mentorship path: volunteering to do each of the following within one academic year, July to June:
    1. Beta testing of one certificate course (15 hours)
    2. Writing of 10 articles in your area of specialization for Knowledge Bureau Report (6 hours)
    3. Webinar presentation for 5 online courses (5 hours)
    4. Total: 30 hours qualifies for Knowledge Bureau CE Credits

Teaching pathway: Presentations at 4 CE Summits (2-1 hour sessions). 30 CE Credits

Course Components and Personalized Student Support Included. All study materials, lesson plans, Knowledge Journal, software, applicable financial calculators, quizzes, instructor support, use of the extensive research library, Evergreen Explanatory Notes is included in the tax deductible tuition fees, as well as a complimentary subscription to Knowledge Bureau Report, to stay up-to-date with breaking tax and economic news.

Educational Support Services. Students may tap into personal email support from faculty members; a reasonable number of questions are included at no extra charge. In some cases, students require more support and may opt to pay for tutoring or attend the CE Summits, workshops or conferences offered by Knowledge Bureau for peer-to-peer networking and live/virtual instruction.

Practice Management Framework. Designates are trained in the Real Wealth Management™ framework, which teaches a strategy for multi-disciplinary collaboration with other professionals and a consistent process to enhance the Know Your Client process used in the financial services. This enables the development of a strategic approach to joint decision-making with clients in providing tax, retirement, estate, succession and other required financial services. The RWM™ processes focuses on four pillars of practice: the accumulation, growth, preservation and transition of sustainable family wealth, which is defined to mean, after taxes, inflation and fees.

Standards of Conduct. Holders of registered marks licensed by Knowledge Bureau are held to a high standard of professional conduct and continuing education requirements after graduation. To that end, it is necessary to relicense the use of their designation marks on an annual basis. The academic year for these purposes is July 1 to June 30. See Standards of Conduct.

Open architecture learning environment
Knowledge Bureau is pleased to offer students an “open architecture” learning environment. Students may work at their own pace within the maximum timelines described below. The student may also choose a pathway to designation that includes blended learning programming: a combination of online and live/virtual events to fulfill their requirements.

Study terms and course completion obligations

Early registration deadlines are provided to prompt students to enrol and finish courses in each of four seasonal sessions. A maximum of 3 months is allowed for completion of each individual course. Extensions are available after this period.

Register by: Study Time: Finish Time:
March 15 April 1 June 30
June 15 July 1 Sept 30
Sept 15 Oct 1 December 30
Dec 15 Jan 1 March 31

Access to Personalized Instruction
The onus is on the student to complete courses on time and to contact us for help with questions using their Help Button in the Virtual Campus. Please contact us immediately if there is any problem with our courseware or services, so that we may provide corrective action. The instructional assistance is provided, within reason, at no extra charge to the student. Before making an inquiry the student is responsible for reading any updates to the courseware on the Virtual Campus, in the free subscription to Knowledge Bureau Report and in the EverGreen Explanatory Notes Research Library. Instructors will decline providing answer keys to students, and if the instructor deems there have been an unreasonable number of requests for assistance or answers, tutoring sessions will be recommended.

Tutoring Sessions
If, at the discretion of the instructor, or the request of the student, the volume of student support questions appears excessive, tutoring sessions may be arranged at a charge of $195 per hour, with minimum 1⁄2 hour increments. Contact the Registrar to schedule the sessions and for payment.

Students of online certificate courses may request extensions at the end of each study period of three months. Extensions may be purchased at a cost of $395 for an additional 3 months, or $149.00 for an extension of 1 month.

Resumed Studies
Students who wish to resume their studies after an absence of more than 6 months must pay a resumption fee of $395 to be put back into their program and resume their studies.

Testing and Passing Mark
All online courses feature examinations that can be done in home or office. They are “open-book” style tests and a minimum 60% pass mark is required in every course for certification.

One rewrite attempt will be allowed within a month of unsuccessful testing. Rewrite fees are $295 per exam.

Standards of Conduct
Designates are granted the permission to use Knowledge Bureau’s Certification Marks behind their name, on their business cards and letterhead. This license for use must be renewed annually by the Standards of Conduct, specified in the above Standards of Conduct section.

Getting Started
Self-study students may begin their program at any time, all year long, and enrol risk free with our Money Back Guarantee: we offer a free trial for the first chapter in your first course which allows you to determine whether the program is for you. After this, you are considered to have enrolled in the program and there are no refunds.

Personal Consultation, Instructor, Orientation or Group Study Start
Knowledge Bureau self study courses allow you to develop your own course work plan. Your registration includes access to a Personal Educational Consultant, who will provide a personal orientation tour when you start your program, and introduce you to your online access to your instructor through your exclusive access to your online learning environment.

Your individual course orientation will be scheduled at your convenience, or you can join a national group study, in which all team members from one office start at the same time in the same course.

EZ-Pay Instalment Plans
Please call our registrar toll free at 1-866-953-4769 to arrange a monthly instalment plan or follow the online instructions.

NOTE: Instalment plans are based on a 3 month per course work plan. If your course work plan is accelerated, you may be required to make additional payments before the release of the next course in your program. Payment plans may be revoked if your payments fall in arrears and your instalment privilege fee will be withheld. In addition, you may be charged an additional $45 NSF fee.

Registration, Certification and Cancellation
Included in the registration fee for the CE Summits is the cost of CE accreditation and certification, at the workshop and reference resources.

CE accreditation and certification credit hours are determined by attendance. For specific CE accreditation requirements, please contact Knowledge Bureau at 1-866-953-4769. Workshop registration fees are non-refundable, except in the case of severe hardship, where a 30% cancellation fee will apply. Penalty fees may be applied for full credit to any other Knowledge Bureau program for a period of one year.

Payment: VISA or MasterCard are the preferred methods of payment. If paying by cheque, please post-date cheques accordingly and submit to:

Knowledge Bureau, 187 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, MB, R2H 1J2

Registration, Accreditation and Cancellation
Included in the registration fee for the conference is attendance for 3 days of sessions, outlined in the official DAC agenda for one delegate, plus: cost of CE/CPD accreditation and certification, provided the evaluation/testing forms provided at the event are submitted. Also included is attendance at opening reception & group dinner, hot breakfasts, mimosa breaks. Delegates will have access to content/reference resources, which may include reference journals and access to online materials. Spouses who work in the business with advisors must register in full as a delegate but will receive preferred client rates for full program accreditation. Spouses who do not work in the business must register in the Spousal Program, which entitles the non-working spouse to attendance at all the sessions, as well as breakfasts, mimosa breaks and the evening group events. There will be no accreditation and certification in those cases and no splitting of the spousal fees for any one aspect of the DAC. Under no circumstances will non-working spouses be allowed access at any of the networking events without registration in the Spousal Program.

CE/CPD Accreditation and Certification
CE/CPD credit hours are determined by attendance at the events. It is required that evaluation summations are completed and signed for these purposes. Failure to submit may result in disqualification from certification from these accreditors: Knowledge Bureau, as required for continuation of MFA™ and DFA-Specialist™ licensing, most provincial insurance councils. Depending on the needs of the audience, Knowledge Bureau may also apply for pre-accreditation from certain professional organizations such as IIROC. One hour per hour of instruction is granted as a general rule.

Not included
The following is not covered in the DAC registration fee: the cost of flights, ground transportation, hotel rooms, entertainment other than as described in the official DAC agenda, tips, porters, parking, personal injury or loss/liability of any kind, including sickness or cancellation insurance, any loss due to uninsured sickness or accident or death, and any other optional activities which may have been planned for the group such as golfing, spas, tours or group evening or meal events, and any meals outside of the official DAC conference-specified agenda. Knowledge Bureau, its owners, speakers, employees, subcontractors or any member of the organizational team cannot take any responsibility for any personal injury, affliction, accident, or financial consequences due to attendance at the DAC event whatsoever and attendees are herewith notified thereof. Please protect yourself accordingly using appropriate insurance, and risk management measures.

Group Rates
Companies often send teams of people to the DAC. These teams qualify for our preferred rates. An additional group rate is achieved after the first 10 registrants are enrolled and paid. Best rates can be received for the group with this minimum enrolment by the deadline dates on the conference application forms. Spousal fees are extra.

Hotel Rates and Length of Stay
Consult your application room.

Special Diets
We try to accommodate special food requests, but those highly allergic to most foods normally served or those with very limited diets must make own food arrangements.

Refunds—Registration Fees
Conference registration and spousal program fees are non-refundable, except in the case of severe hardship, where a 30% non-refundable cancellation fee will apply based on the registration fee the attendee qualified for at that time of registration. Any cancellation fees can be applied for any educational program with Knowledge Bureau within 1 year of cancellation.

Refunds— Hotel
Hotel rooms refunds must be negotiated directly with the hotel.

Apply Withdrawal fees to other Knowledge Bureau Programming
Any penalty or cancellation fees may be applied for full credit to any other Knowledge Bureau program for a period of one year from date of cancellation.

Knowledge Bureau is pleased to provide its potential new students with a risk free enrolment policy. Depending on your program choices, you will have the opportunities to decide whether a Knowledge Bureau Education is right for you. Here is how it works:

Personal Selection Service. At any time, you can discuss your queries about the programs with an experienced educational consultant. Simply email registrar[at] We will call you back at a time best for you to help you make your selections.

Free Trials. We invite you to try selected programs before you register. This is important as, after you enrol, there are no refunds.

Switches to another Course or to your Colleague. This is possible at no charge within 2 weeks of registration.

Please read the following carefully:


New! One Hour CE Modules – CE Savvy PD™ and CE Savvy BizEd™: You are invited to select a series of continuing education modules for your continuing professional development. Try the free trials to get a feel for the content. After this, subscribe to a quarterly array of relevant, interesting and immediately implementable CE.

Note: There are no refunds for the subscription services.

CE Summits: Add a virtual instructor-led event to your online studies. We are sure you’ll love the topics and our instructors are really interesting. Note: There are no refunds to the events you have registered in. A credit for an equivalent amount may be applied to other educational programs at Knowledge Bureau.


Seven Day Trials

Students may participate in a risk-free trial of the first chapter of their online certificate course in their program, for seven days, to make sure they are in the program that meets their needs. We also invite you to discuss your needs through an appointment with our highly training Educational Consultants.

After this: here are the refund policies:

After seven days, or in the event the student has progressed beyond the first chapter, there are no refunds.

Withdrawal Fee. For eligible refund requests, a $50 withdrawal fee will be applied. Refunds are normally issued within 30 days of approval.

Switches and Transfers: The opportunity to switch or transfer out of the program to another program at no extra charge ends after two weeks from registration.

Hard Copy. Fees paid for any hard copy materials are non-refundable.

Study Terms. Knowledge Bureau offers online training 24/7 conveniently available to meet the student’s individual schedule. Students are deemed to have completed their term whether or not they start or finish their course in the allotted study term. Note:

  • Study terms are defined as 90 days for each certificate course of studies;
  • Study terms for designation programs will vary, depending on the designation program selected. There are no retroactive refunds for study terms that have lapsed and no refunds for designation program entry or declaration fees.

Students must agree to these academic policies before course entry.

Extension Requests. An extension request may be made if the student has not been able to complete the program of studies in the allotted time frame:

  • One month extension: $149 plus taxes
  • One study term (90 days) $395

Financial Hardship Requests. Students may request an instalment plan. A fee of $45 per course is applied. There are no refunds.

Medical Hardship Requests. To consider a medical hardship request, the request must be received as follows; there is no grace period for missed deadlines:

• within 30 days of the start of the current study term in the case of certificate courses and

• within 90 days of the start of any designation program.

Medical hardship is defined as severe hardship which markedly restricts the student’s ability to complete their study term. This includes: illness of the student, illness of an immediate family member or death of an immediate family member.

Required: Two letters scanned to the attention of the Registrar:

  1. Letter from a licensed medical practitioner addressed to the Registrar (registrar[at] outlining reasons for the medical hardship request. Medical practitioner is to provide the following information:
    1. Nature of the medical condition which causes the student to be markedly restricted so as not to be able to finish their course of studies.
    2. Expected duration of the condition.
  2. Letter from employer or government granting body that reimbursed tuition fees have been returned by the student.
  3. Return of tuition fee receipt issued by Knowledge Bureau. Student is required to adjust their tax return if tuition fee credit or training expense write-off was taken.

Remedies. Assuming the criteria above is met, at the discretion of the Registrar, one of three options are granted:

  1. Medical Hardship is expected to subside. Course completion deadlines will be extended at no charge to the next study term.
  2. Alternatively: Students may transfer their program to another person (within one month of notice to discontinue) with no additional transaction costs.
  3. Prorated Refunds. If options one and two are not suitable, a pro-rated refund may be issued, as follows.
    • Refunds will be pro-rated based on actual or deemed progress in the study term, whichever is greater.
    • Refunds will will normally be issued within 30 days of withdrawal approval. A withdrawal fee of $50 will be applied.

The decision of the registrar is final.

NSF Cheques or Declined Credit Card Fees

A $45 fee will be assessed on each NSF cheque. Declined credit card charges: please contact us with a valid credit card to avoid a any penalties.

Credit for Withheld Fees

A credit for withheld fees may be applied to other educational programs at Knowledge Bureau, at the discretion of the registrar, for a period of 3 months.

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Our training focuses on developing skill sets that are directly applicable to day to day work. Content is current and practical work is case-study based, with true-to-life scenarios, challenging even for seasoned staff.

MFA™—Retirement and Succession Services Specialist

I learned there is a big difference between understanding the theory behind how tax planning works, and the actual implementation of that information into a tax return. I had years of experience taking other courses and training, and I understood the theory and how things worked. However, implementing it ... I had no idea.

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This designation provided additional value in my practice - my objective was to learn more and better serve my clients. This course is a step up from regular managerial concepts and added more to the accounting knowledge I already had.

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Having graduated from this designation program with honors, I have enriched my knowledge, improved professional business skills that expands my future career path. Overall, it is an excellent experience to explore throughout the program.

—Connie H.M. Zhu, DFA–Bookkeeping Services Specialist™

DFA—Tax Services Specialist™

I am working on my second degree with the Knowledge Bureau, and I strongly recommend their courses for anyone in the financial services field. They have without a doubt, the most practical and effective approach to helping advisors serve their clients. I was able to use the things I learned immediately in my practice and I am constantly learning valuable tools to help my clients reach their retirement goals.

—Chris Valentine, DFA–Tax Services Specialist™, MFA™–Retirement and Succession Services Specialist


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Knowledge Bureau (KB) was established in 2003 by Founder and President Evelyn Jacks, an award winning entrepreneur, financial educator and best-selling tax and financial author. It is a leading private, national post-secondary educational institute and publisher based in Canada.

Knowledge Bureau is a certified, post-secondary institution which provides business and financial education to individuals, professionals and workplaces, leading to verifiable and specialized credentials.

Tuition fees paid to Knowledge Bureau qualify in Canada for a tuition fee credit under the Income Tax Act Section 118.5 and 118.6. Alternatively, they can be claimed as tax deductions owner-managers and firms which pay for workplace training or for the financial well-being of their employees.

Knowledge Bureau also confers continuing education credit hours for professionals from a broad spectrum of industries, for the purposes of their continuing professional development requirements. Some of these programs may also be accredited by other third parties, including national organizations, regulators and associations.

Knowledge Bureau also provides “Education as a Service”: curriculum design, development, educational publishing, and instructional delivery for professional development objectives in small, medium and large businesses.

Knowledge Bureau is the only financial educational institution focused on continuing business, tax and financial education providing courseware for occupations in various industry sectors including: tax preparation, accounting/bookkeeping, financial services, human resources, public and private education and the many technology platforms that serve them. It also provides financial literacy education to consumers.

Vision and Purpose statement

We bring Financial Knowledge to Life, by providing world class business education to meet the demand for high value tax, accounting and financial services. We are passionate about sharing financial education: it is a critical life skill required to navigate successful financial outcomes in a highly complex tax and economic environment.


We help our clients make the best continuing educational decision for their time and money, so they can enhance their careers, embark on entrepreneurial ventures, train associates in their firms and deliver high value, accountable financial guidance within their communities.

The RWM™, MFA™, MFA-P™ and DFA-Tax or Bookkeeping Services Specialist™ designations identify a select group of professional advisors who have completed a program of advanced studies in financial and business education. The programs available through Knowledge Bureau lead to specialization in retirement income planning, tax filing and planning services, bookkeeping services, investment planning services, succession and estate planning, personal financial planning and business growth planning.

Our online courses are completely flexible. You can do them in the comfort and convenience of your own home or office 24/7. In fact, you can start today! The courses are structured into academic pathways: for the tax and bookkeeping, business or retirement and succession services specialties, which feature 6 professional courses in the designation program you can earn a certificate with each course you take. If you choose the designation pathway, you’ll save money on your tuition fees.

However, every certificate course you take puts you on the pathway towards designation once you have declared your designation.

Here’s what you can expect to budget for your custom-designed study plan:

  1. Each certificate course: take up to 30 hours and a maximum of up to 3 months
  2. Designation program: maximum of up to 18 months

Remember some students take longer; others can complete more quickly - it’s up to you. . .just observe the maximum study periods, please.

In-class and in-conference programs: these are generally one-day, two-day or three-day programs. See FAQs about each program below.

Knowledge Bureau graduates and designates have taken their knowledge and experience working with clients to a strategic level to develop outcomes that steward family wealth from one generation to the next.

They include specialists in the area of tax (personal, corporate, trust, cross-border), investment, retirement, succession and estate planning, as well as business development and leadership.

For example, the RWM™ Designation Program is a post-graduate, post-licensing program of studies. RWM™s possess the knowledge and skills required to work as quarterbacks and specialists on an inter-advisory team focused on providing Real Wealth Management™ services—the accumulation, growth, preservation and transition of wealth on an after-tax, after-cost, and after-inflation basis.

This team’s job is to identify, isolate and eliminate any possible threats to a client’s income, family and personal security, retirement peace of mind, legacy, and lifestyle. Their coordinated efforts provide significantly better advice and results for the client.

Any of these professionals can be the quarterback of the client’s financial team—insurance specialist, investment advisor, wills and estates lawyer, retirement income planner, financial planner, business succession specialist, benefits and pensions advisor, tax and accounting advisors, or living benefits advisor—but they have to have the skills to take command of the group, overseeing the decisions made together with the client. In many cases that quarterback is the accountant; in others, the Investment Advisor takes charge, but any one of them, trained as an RWM™, could serve that role for any given client.

Working together with the family in managing real wealth, the RWM™ oversees changes in the family’s net worth with a strategic plan for decision-making that focuses on goals, targets and results periodically. The role of the RWM™ includes presiding over the activities of the client’s professional team of advisors to ensure outcomes are well coordinated, simplified, and produce the results everyone wants.

The RWM™ requires the professional to adhere to the highest standards of excellence in service. Participants in the program are expected to abide by the compliance, ethics, regulatory and education requirements of their respective professional associations and organizations.

Knowledge Bureau is a private, designated educational institute and our tuition fees qualify for the Tuition Fee Tax Credit if over $100. This amount includes the costs for all self-study courses, the Distinguished Advisor Workshops and the Distinguished Advisor Conference™ (DAC). To claim the deduction on your tax return, you’ll need a completed Form T2202 Tuition and Enrolment Certificate. Note fees for attending the Distinguished Advisor Conference may be subject to different rules for deductibility. Please see IT-357.

Knowledge Bureau certification marks are conferred upon successful graduates who meet program requirements. Successful graduates are granted the rights to use the designation by Knowledge Bureau on their letterhead and business cards after receiving an official Certificate of Distinction, which signifies their accomplishments to their clients. Standards of Conduct must also be met, as well as ongoing continuing education through one of Knowledge Bureau’s Workshops or Distinguished Advisor Conference.

Note: Some industries require permission from their managers regarding how they communicate their academic credentials.

You can start anytime throughout the year at your convenience, and save money on tuition fees by enrolling within one of four sessional deadlines during the year. Please see our Virtual Registrar for further details.

There are four ways to learn more about our programs and courses:

  1. Select your faculty of interest from the home page, where you will be able to drill down into specific course descriptions.
  2. Download a program brochure to browse the different programs available to you.
  3. Take a free trial of any one of our courses and experience the Virtual Campus
  4. Call 1-866-953-4769 to talk with one of our friendly educational consultants.

Yes, please contact us at 1-866-953-4769 for information about group study in your office, over the internet, or at Knowledge Bureau Conferences or Education days.

Self-study courses allow you to begin anytime throughout the year and learn in the comfort and convenience of your own home or office, wholly supported on a one-on-one basis with our professional instructors, via email. These programs are the first designations to be delivered in a three-dimensional self-study learning environment. Complete your continuing education requirements using your preferred teaching medium - audio, reference book and skill- testing Internet applications.

Course Components and Personalized Student Support Included. All study materials, lesson plans, Knowledge Journal, software, applicable financial calculators, quizzes, instructor support, use of the extensive research library, Evergreen Explanatory Notes is included in the tax deductible tuition fees, as well as a complimentary subscription to Knowledge Bureau Report, to stay up-to-date with breaking tax and economic news.

Yes, there is a final exam for all specialized credential programs. It is taken online in the comfort of your own home or office and is an open-book test. There is no extra charge to take the examination for each course. Rewrite opportunities are possible if required.

Students who commit to a long term study plan (more than one course) within a sessional enrolment period, save money on tuition fees. Also, those who have taken a Knowledge Bureau program in the past year (Workshop, Conference or Self-Study Course) qualify for our VIP program and may identify themselves as a “VIP”. Volume discounts are also applied to offices training multiple staff members in the same or a variety of courses.

Please see our Refund Policies section for more information on refunds, guarantees, and other information.

Knowledge Bureau is accredited with various professional organizations in the tax and financial services industry. Full details are included in the accreditation section.

Your successful completion will be confirmed by your achievement summary online and by email. You can then forward your achievement summary to your professional organization or regulator for CE credits. You will also receive a handsome Certificate of Achievement or Distinction from Knowledge Bureau.

Knowledge Bureau courses are web-based and will function on any computer. Some courses use third-party professional tax and bookkeeping software, which may be specific to Microsoft Windows.