Are you searching for a flexible way to get the job skills you need to find work at banks or financial institutions? Whether you already have a degree or just graduated high school, the Finance certificate program at BCIT gives you a solid foundation in accounting, economics, finance, and investing principles to prepare you for a variety of stable, rewarding careers.
Through a series of courses designed by industry professionals, you’ll gain specific skills and knowledge in financial analysis and investing that’s complementary to the program’s accounting curriculum. This prepares you to pursue an accounting designation or a new career with confidence. Program courses are also transferable to the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC).
Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person and online options
- Part-time students have the option to take courses in person and/or online.
- We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.
Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
About the program
- Part-time certificate program
- Learn the fundamentals of finance and accounting
- Prepare for a career in financial services quickly and at your own pace
Learn more in the Program Details.
Who should complete the Finance Certificate?
This program could be right for you if:
- You’re good with numbers
- You’re organized
- You might already have an arts or other degree and want industry-specific job skills
- You want to work in a bank, financial institution, or credit union
If any of these sound like you, apply today at the Entrance Requirements page to get started on your new career path!
What grads can do
Earning your certificate at BCIT prepares you for positions in a variety of industries and locations. By developing your essential foundation in a range of topics, you’ll have the practical skills you need to work in entry-level jobs in financial services and accounting and the knowledge and confidence to create your own successful career.
Additionally, with your certificate, you’ll be able to accelerate your education by applying your course credits to the Finance diploma for even better job skills and prospects.
Learn more about the opportunities awaiting you at the Graduating and Jobs page.
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.
Applicants to the BCIT School of Business are required to have completed two years of full-time study in high school or post-secondary program in English in an English speaking country. If you do not have English 12 and have not studied in an English-speaking country, you will need to demonstrate your skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:
Costs & Supplies
Bring your own device
Most courses and programs in the School of Business + Media are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Please ensure you bring a laptop to every class. Plug-in outlets will be provided at most stations in classrooms, but not in all classrooms, so please ensure you have at least 2 hours of battery life available at the beginning of each class. Check the following recommended computer requirements prior to the start of class. If a program or course does not require you to provide your own device, that information will be provided by your instructor or indicated in the course outline.
For online classes, it is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content.
Important Updates to Part-time Studies
The courses in this certificate program are designed to give you today’s most essential skills while also allowing you to choose the electives that most suit your personal career goals. By training with current industry professionals, you’ll gain knowledge and confidence in areas like accounting, finance, securities, and more.
Please note: part-time programs and courses are open enrolment and although we make every effort to accommodate demand, course registration cannot be guaranteed in every semester. High demand courses fill quickly and may result in students unable to register for a course that semester. Courses may also be cancelled due to low enrolment.
This program is designed by working finance professionals to give you hands-on training for the most relevant, usable skills you’ll need in a career in financial services.
Through this suite of courses, you’ll gain invaluable experience and knowledge that’s specifically created to prepare you for career success. You’ll build a foundation in the essential concepts and competencies in economics, mathematics, accounting, finance, and more to help you find, secure, and succeed in your choice of finance careers.
Graduating & Jobs
The hands-on training you receive in this program give you usable, job-relevant skills to begin or advance your career in finance. Not only will you gain sales skills to strengthen your resume, but you’ll also earn the knowledge and confidence to secure and excel at your new career.
Some job opportunities include:
- Bank Teller
- Financial Manager
- Investment Analyst
- Accounting Assistant
- Accounting Clerk
While you may choose to use your training to immediately enter the workforce upon graduation, you’ll also have the option to enhance your skills and job prospects with further education by transferring your course credits from this program, to the Finance diploma program.
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Part-time Studies Coordinator – Accounting, Finance, and Insurance
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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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