Are you ready to begin or accelerate an accounting career but unsure how? The Professional Accounting certificate program is an excellent place to start—by learning the basics of accounting, you’ll learn to prepare and analyze financial statements, create strategies to reduce corporate and personal income tax, and generate financial forecasts.
And by learning from working professionals in the field, you’ll gain the most current, job-relevant skills in accounting and finance to make sure you’re ready for today’s economy. Additionally, you’ll be able to work at your own pace and around your own schedule with flexible courses available at different times, at two locations, or online. 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
- Flexible training with in-person and online courses
- Build a solid foundation of accounting skills necessary to begin your career
Learn more about how you can prepare for a rewarding career in accounting at the Program Details.
Who should complete the Professional Accounting Certificate?
This program might be right for you if:
- You already have business skills but need accounting skills
- You’re ready to explore a range of accounting opportunities
- You’re interested in obtaining work in a variety of industries
- You’re good with numbers and analysis
Whether you’re currently working and hoping to transition into a new career or have a degree and hope to gain additional skills to better your job prospects, you can begin working toward your accounting career by enrolling today at the Entrance Requirements page!
What grads can do
You might apply your new skills to advance your current position in accounts payable or more effectively run your small business. Or you might use your certificate to help you find work in entry-level accounting or finance and administration. Either way, the job-relevant skills you earn through this program help prepare you both for a rewarding career and also for further professional development if you choose to pursue a diploma or degree.
Every single industry relies on effective accounting, and so your opportunities here in BC and worldwide are many. Visit the Graduating and Jobs page to learn more.
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
Combining small class size with working industry professionals as instructors, these courses give you personal attention and the most current, job-relevant skills you need in accounting. You’ll build an essential foundation of skills for a range of accounting positions by studying topics like taxation, financial accounting, business mathematics 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 to give you a flexible, accommodating way to train for a successful career in accounting. Courses in the program are offered at multiple times every term with options for classroom and online study to best suit your needs.
With courses that give you a comprehensive overview of accounting and finance, you’ll quickly develop the usable skills, knowledge, and confidence that you need to find, secure, and excel in many entry-level accounting positions.
Graduating & Jobs
By earning your certificate, you’ll be gaining the practical, job-related skills you need for day-to-day responsibilities in many entry-level accounting positions. And whether you use your training in your current position to better manage your small business, advance your current career, or begin a new one, this program will give you the necessary skills for success.
Some job opportunities include:
- Accounting Clerk
- Accounts Payable Generalist
- Financial Auditor
- Insurance Clerk
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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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