Earn your Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and pursue a rewarding career in accounting and finance. Professional accountants are in high demand in the Canadian workforce, earning above average salaries with unlimited opportunity for career growth. Employers rely on the financial acumen, strategic mindset, and management skills of professional accountants to steer their organizations to business success.
The Professional Accounting advanced diploma courses are designed for degree holders in any discipline who require prerequisite courses for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program.
Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person
- This program will be delivered in person for the fall semester.
- 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
- 12 month full-time or
- Part-time at your own pace
- Fast-track to a CPA designation
- Courses recognized by the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC
- Courses offered in Downtown Vancouver
- Full-time program runs during the day and in a cohort
- Part-time program runs evenings and weekends
Learn more about accounting accreditation and designation with our Program Details.
Who should apply for the Professional Accounting Advanced Diploma?
The Professional Accounting advanced diploma program is right for you if you:
- Completed a bachelor’s degree in any discipline
- Are looking to earn your CPA designation
- Want to pursue a multi-faceted business career
Ready to enroll in the Professional Accounting advanced diploma program? Visit Entrance Requirements to get started.
What grads can do
Thanks to the comprehensive courses included in the Professional Accounting advanced 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.
BCIT offers a number of international study opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. You could participate in a summer field school or complete an international degree. Learn more about studying abroad.
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. 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: January (Winter), April (Spring/Summer) and September (Fall).
Students intending to pursue the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation are advised to confirm the eligibility of their degree with CPABC prior to program admission.
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.
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.
Accounting and BCIT – an unbeatable combination
Employers value BCIT’s applied, job-ready approach to education and training. It’s the BCIT advantage that sets our graduates apart from the pack. Our courses are taught by knowledgeable and experienced instructors who are industry professionals. Students typically receive more time in the classroom for fuller coverage and application of course material when compared with similar courses delivered by other education providers. With BCIT you will be better prepared to pursue the CPA designation and to launch a career in accounting and finance.
Graduating & Jobs
Program graduates can apply to the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPABC) for transfer credit towards the required prerequisites for entry into the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) and for exemption from specific modules within the CPA Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP). The road to the CPA designation is an easy one with the Advanced Diploma in Professional Accounting program.
To learn more about the CPA designation requirements, visit the CPABC website.
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