If you have completed a BCIT Diploma in Accounting, Finance, or Financial Planning (or equivalent) - you can earn your Bachelor of Technology in Accounting at BCIT. This Degree will provide you with an academic credential leading to professional designations (CA, CGA, CMA) or to an MBA program.
Students completing this program will acquire the key technical, interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and computer skills demanded by employers.
The Bachelor of Technology in Accounting consists of eight Advanced Technical Specialty courses (32 credits), four Liberal Studies Education courses (12 credits), and a Workplace Education component.
BCIT's Bachelor of Technology in Accounting is offered as:
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.
You may obtain transfer credits for advanced level courses taken while completing a professional accounting designation.
Contact the Program Head for details.
You can check here for BCIT - CGA Transfer Credits.You may obtain six transfer credits (two courses) for approved non-BCIT liberal education courses. It does not matter how long ago you took liberal education courses for transfer, however in most cases they should be from a recognized, accredited North American university or college.
Individuals interested in taking specific courses from the Bachelor of Technology Accounting degree program to meet professional designation or ongoing professional development requirements may do so if they fulfill the course's prerequisites. However, they must contact the Program Head for permission to enroll.
This process of auditing your academic history and mailing out your credential usually takes 3-4 weeks. Then you will receive your credentials in the mail and a BCIT official transcript indicating that your Degree has been granted.
If you indicate on your application that you would like to attend the ceremony, you will receive information in the mail with your degree, followed by an invitation approximately one month prior to the ceremony date. General information regarding convocation is available online.
In as little as three years after completing the two-year Financial Management Diploma, graduates have the ability to obtain the BTech Accounting degree, and their professional designation. The BCIT Bachelor of Technology in Accounting (B.Tech.) degree meets the degree requirements for each of Canada's three professional accounting designations:
For students who enrol in the BTech program, the degree requirement for any of the three accounting designations is an exit requirement (rather than a requirement for entry).
Unlike most post-secondary students, BTech Accounting students are not required to have a degree before commencing either the Chartered Accountantcy articling period and CA School of Business ("CASB") modules or the Certified Management Accountant's Strategic Leadership Program ("SLP").
CA students must complete their BTech requirements before writing the Uniform Evaluation ("UFE"). CMA and CGA students must complete their BTech requirements to graduate with CGA or CMA designations.
Read on for information on the accounting designation programs, and website and contact information for further inquiries.
Become a Chartered Accountant (CA)
The CA program requires that candidates obtain employment as articled students with a qualifying firm (an "approved training office"), and concurrently complete the educational modules offered through the CA School of Business ("CASB"). As students, candidates are employed in public practice. After graduating as chartered accountants, they may continue in public practice, or seek employment in industry, government or non-profit enterprises.
The B.Tech. degree program is a CA School of Business Co-op degree. Students must complete the BTech degree requirements before writing the Uniform Evaluation ("UFE").
For more information on the CA School of Business/BTech Co-op program, contact Carl Queton at the CA School of Business at 604 488-2631, or visit the CA website.
Become a Certified General Accountant (CGA)
The CGA program requires that candidates obtain relevant employment in either public practice or industry, and concurrently complete the courses set out in the CGA program. After graduating as CGAs, they may be employed in public practice or in industry, government or non-profits.
Students must complete the BTech degree requirements before receiving their CGA designation.
Both the BTech degree program and the CGA professional program contain courses that are transferable to the other.
For more information on the CGA program, please visit the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia website.
Become a Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
The CMA program requires that candidates obtain relevant employment, normally in industry, and pass the CMA Entrance Exam, then complete the CMA's Strategic Leadership Program ("SLP"). After graduating as CMAs, they may be employed in industry, government or non-profits, or in public practice.
Students must complete the BTech degree requirements before receiving their CMA designation. For more information on the CMA/BTech joint program, please visit the CMA website.
Become a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
CFA is an international financial designation for investment professionals. CFA candidates are required to have relevant employment experience, industry sponsors, and a degree, and must complete the CFA program. For more information on the CFA program, please visit the CFA Vancouver website.
Become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
CFP is an international designation for financial planning professionals. CFP candidates are required to have relevant employment experience and complete a course of studies approved by the Financial Planning Standards Council of Canada ("FPSCC"). BCIT's full-time diploma and part-time associate certificate in Financial Planning are both FPSCC approved programs for the CFP designation. For more information, please visit the CFP website.See what BCIT grad and Certified Financial Planner Alim Dhanji has to say about the program and profession.
Because of BCIT agreements with the CA School of Business ("CASB") and the Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia ("CMABC"), the B.Tech Accounting degree becomes an exit requirement for all professional accounting designations.As a BTech Accounting graduate, you can be employed in a professional capacity anywhere in the world.
Contact for BTech in Accounting: (if you already have a diploma)
Terry Gordon, Program Head, BTech in Accounting
Raj Brar, Program Administrator, BTech in Accounting
Contact for Full-Time Diploma in Accounting, Finance, Finance Planning, General Insurance and Risk Management
Tim Edwards, Associate Dean, Financial Management
Contact for Part-Time Diploma Program and Courses
Deacon Devlin, PTS Coordinator, Financial Management
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