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Computerized Accounting

Your time is valuable, and if you find that you need stronger, more specific software skills for accounting, it probably means you need them fast, and through a flexible schedule. The Associate Certificate in Computerized Accounting program prepares you with a foundation of accounting and software skills, with courses and options that meet your needs.

At BCIT, we understand your need for getting only the most practical skills in an accessible way. Almost all the courses in this program that are offered at multiple times, every term for greater availability, and you can choose from in-class, online (for select courses), and distance learning (for select courses). Additionally, the small classes are taught by instructors who are currently working in the field so you get the most current information in a supportive learning environment.

So whether you’re a small business owner hoping to regain control of your finances, or a new high-school grad looking to start a career as quickly as possible, our Associate Certificate in Computerized Accounting program gives you the hands-on training you need around your schedule.

About the program

  • 9-course Associate Certificate program
  • Introductory certificate program
  • Average 2-5 years to complete, part-time
  • Flexible course options including in-class, online, and distance learning
Learn more about whether this program is for you at the Program Details.

Who should complete the Associate Certificate in Computerized Accounting?

This program might be for you if you:
  • Want to get into accounting and need a starting point to begin
  • Are already working and looking for professional development
  • Hope to transition into an accounting/finance position or to enhance your current position
  • Are a small business owner who needs to manage your accounting
If any of these apply to you, visit the Program Entry page to enroll today.

What grads can do

With the accounting and software skills you’ll develop in this certificate program, you’ll prepare to advance into a new career, grow in your current accounting position, or better manage and run your business. Many of our students graduate and work as accounting clerks or bookkeepers immediately upon completion of their certificate and then pursue additional training part-time for even more job opportunities while working in their field.

You’ll also be able to apply the credits earned in this program toward earning additional certificates, a BCIT diploma, or Bachelor of Technology in Accounting.

Find out more about the opportunities and options available at the Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that's right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there's space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

To apply to a Part-time Studies program and earn your credential, you simply need to complete a Part-time Program Declaration Request. Applications are processed throughout the year.

To be successful in BCIT's fast paced applied learning environment, it is strongly recommended that students have English proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country and English 12 are strongly recommended for success. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Program declaration

Effective January 7th, 2016, Program Declaration requests must be completed online. A declaration fee will be assessed at the time of the request. BCIT will no longer accept paper Program Declaration requests starting January 7th, 2016. Students who submitted paper declaration requests prior to January 7th, 2016 are not required to pay the fee.

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined. BCIT continuously reviews programs and implements changes based on industry and market trends. Program Declaration guarantees that credit for courses which are a part of your program will be honoured despite program requirement changes.

Program Declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.

It is not necessary to declare prior to registering in most part-time studies courses. It is a good idea to complete one or two courses before submitting your program declaration. Check your program's Entry page for specific requirements.

Upon approval, a program plan will be sent to you confirming your program of study.

Declare Now

Please allow approximately 8 weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


In order to best prepare you to manage a small business or work as part of a larger accounting team, you’ll train on the most current, applicable software for business. Through your eight core courses, you’ll develop an understanding of computer terminology, operating systems, accounting software systems and the most popular office software used in business like Microsoft’s suite of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, as well as Google Spreadsheets, and Keynote. You’ll also get an introduction to cloud computing and enterprise collaboration tools, social media, Web-based collaboration, and publishing and productivity tools such as WordPress, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Program delivery

Courses are scheduled in a classroom delivery format at the Burnaby and Downtown campuses. Some courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Required Courses: Credits
  BSYS 1001 Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2016 3.0
  BSYS 2051 Business Data Analytics with MS Excel 2016 3.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1* 4.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2* 5.5
  FMGT 2701 Management Information Systems 3.0
  FMGT 2711 Computerized Accounting 3.0
  FMGT 3720 Advanced Computer Applications 1 4.0
  FMGT 4710 Advanced Computer Applications 2 5.5
  FMGT 3210 Cost/Managerial Accounting 1 4.0
  FMGT 3224 Managerial Accounting (OPMT) 4.0

*Students intending to proceed to the Accounting, Finance or Financial Planning diploma programs must achieve a final grade of 70% or greater in FMGT 1100 and FMGT 2100.

Total Credits: 35.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The Associate Certificate in Computerized Accounting program is designed to help small business owners and people new to accounting develop the computer skills necessary for basic accounting and bookkeeping.

The courses in this program, all developed and taught by working professionals, give you the most up-to-date information with hands-on learning for the useable skills you’ll need with business’s most necessary programs like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Google Documents, WordPress, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Some courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Continue your education

Graduates can advance their studies through a BCIT certificate, diploma, and degree programs, or pursue any of the three bookkeeper certifications and accreditations available in Canada, specifically, Registered Professional Bookkeeper (RPB), Certified Bookkeeper (CB), and Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB).

Graduating & Jobs

In this program, you’ll develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary for developing your career. The specific focus on applicable learning gives you the computer savvy to produce accounting and bookkeeping documents and prepares you for additional study in accounting and finance if you choose.

Some opportunities include:
  • Small business management
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
Plus, when you complete your Associate Certificate in Computerized Accounting, you’ll have the option to transfer your course credits toward further study through BCIT’s other programs, including certificates, diplomas, or the Bachelor of Technology in Accounting to propel your career even further.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Contact Us

Thomas Turniawan
Part-time Studies Program Assistant - Accounting, Finance, and Insurance
604-432-8609 |

Deacon Devlin
Part-time Studies Coordinator - Accounting, Finance, and Insurance
604-412-7453 |

Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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