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Overview

Delivery mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
  • Learn more about how this program is adapting learning during COVID-19.

Set the stage for a prosperous career in business with the Accounting diploma program at BCIT. By training with knowledgeable, experienced instructors who are respected professionals in the accounting industry, you’ll learn how accounting is the backbone of businesses big and small.
In just two years, this highly experiential program will prepare you to step into a corporate office or head back into the classroom to complete your bachelor’s degree. The road to CPA designation is an easy one with the accounting programs at BCIT.

About the program

  • Two year, full-time diploma
  • After graduation, complete your bachelor’s degree in just one year
  • Prepare for CPA designation

Learn more about accounting accreditation and designation with our Program Details.

Who should apply for the Accounting Diploma?

The Accounting diploma program is right for you if you:

  • Have completed high school or higher
  • Have a degree and need accounting upgrading
  • Are looking to earn your CPA designation
  • Want to pursue a multi-faceted business career

Ready to enroll in the Accounting diploma program? Visit Entrance Requirements to get started.

What grads can do

Thanks to the comprehensive courses included in the Accounting diploma program, graduates of the program are ready for entry-level and mid-level positions in a variety of business settings. They are also prepared to further their education by completing a bachelor’s degree in just one extra year.

To find out more about the positions Accounting diploma grads enter, visit Graduating and Jobs.

International exchange

BCIT offers a number of international exchange opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. Learn more about international exchange opportunities and international double degrees with internships.

Accredited program

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Entrance Requirements

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

Bring your own device

Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.

Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

Courses

Students should be aware that course exemptions can be claimed for a maximum of two courses per level. Please note that not all optional courses are offered every year. Offerings are at the discretion of the program faculty.

Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Entry-level positions:

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Internal Auditor
  • Staff Accountant
  • Budget Analyst

Mid-level positions:

  • Intermediate Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Senior Tax Manager
  • Controller

Accounting

The Accounting program leads to middle management positions in financial accounting, cost accounting, internal audit and budget preparation. Graduates of this program will usually go on to obtain a professional designation as a CPA.

Beginning salaries

Successful graduates who complete additional training can expect, with significant varied experience, to achieve middle to senior management positions earning annual salaries in excess of $60,000. Achieving this level of success means starting in entry-level positions in financial accounting, cost accounting, internal audit, budget preparation, brokerage, banking, trust and insurance, with starting salaries as high as $3,000 per month.

Testimonials

As a graduate of the Financial Management Professional Accounting Diploma and Bachelor of Technology in Accounting, I feel that my experience through the programs not only has given me the skills and technical knowledge that I needed to excel in my career at Meyers Norris Penny LLP, but also gave me the technical knowledge and the discipline that is required to make it through CASB and successfully pass the UFE.
Jay Parley, CA, Meyers Norris Penny LLP.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Dr. R. Gayton, Western Silver Corporation
  • Mr. D. Chew, DJ Chew & Associates Consulting Ltd.
  • Ms. S. Hussey, CTV
  • Ms. S. Jaswal, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
  • Mr. K. Kwan, Jones Richards & Company
  • Mr. J. Nagy, Reid Hurst Nagy
  • Mr. E. Shawchuk, BDO LLP

Learning during COVID-19

Online learning

This program will be delivered online during COVID-19. Learn wherever you choose, as there’s no requirement to attend campus or classes in-person during COVID-19.
While the online classroom looks different, the quality of instruction and the commitment of our faculty and staff remains as strong as ever. We’re dedicated to ensuring that your learning experience is meaningful and productive.

Your schedule

You will be expected to attend online classes and complete group work between the hours of 8:30am – 5:30pm PST, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Technology requirements

Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.

Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

Safety on campus

As this program is being delivered online during COVID-19, there’s no requirement for you to come to campus. Please see below for information on accessing instructor support and on the student services offered virtually.

Services and support

Instructors will continue to be available to students remotely, including five dedicated office hours per week.
Our Student Services staff continue to offer advice, care, and support as needed to optimize your learning experience. Many services, including Student Health Services, Counselling and Student Development, and Peer Tutoring are offering phone or virtual appointments to BCIT students.

Contact Us

604-431-4954 | Accounting_Diploma@bcit.ca

International students please contact:
international@bcit.ca

Contact a Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:

  • Program selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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