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Professional Accounting

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.

Our Advanced Diploma in Professional Accounting courses are designed for degree holders – any discipline – who require prerequisite courses for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program. Complete one course or the full series at a pace that’s right for you. Courses are scheduled throughout the year for maximum flexibility.  Students that are accepted to the program and complete all of the program courses will be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Professional Accounting.

Recognized by the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC

All program courses are officially recognized by the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPABC) for transfer credit to 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.

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.

BCIT offers several pathways to an accounting and financial management career. Your academic background and preference with regard to full-time or part-time study will determine which BCIT program is right for you.

Visit Accounting, Finance, and Insurance Programs for a full list of BCIT program options.

To learn more about BCIT accounting program options, attend an Information Session.

Program Entry

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).

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at BCIT or another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the BCIT course. As per Admission Procedure 5003-PR1, the department reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate.

Apply to program

International students: Part-time Studies (course-by-course) programs are only available to international students who have a valid status in Canada. If you are currently outside of Canada, please apply to a full-time program or ISEP.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program delivery

This Part-time Studies program is offered on a course-by-course basis, allowing you the flexibility to complete courses in any order, provided that any required course prerequisites have been completed. Students register for each course individually, and may undertake studies in any term (Winter, Spring/Summer or Fall). While you may choose the pace of your studies, all program requirements must be completed within seven years as per BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF].

Please note that some courses in this program are offered only once or twice per year, and BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses if enrolment is insufficient.

Program matrix

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Required Courses: Credits
  ACCG 5110 Financial Accounting 4.0
  ACCG 5150 Accounting Information Systems 4.0
  ACCG 5200 Economics 4.0
  ACCG 6110 Intermediate Financial Accounting - Comprehensive 6.0
  ACCG 6210 Managerial Accounting - Comprehensive 4.0
  ACCG 6310 Auditing and Assurance 4.0
  ACCG 6410 Taxation 4.0
  ACCG 6510 Corporate Finance Principles 4.0
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  FMGT 7121 Advanced Accounting 3.0
  FMGT 7210 Advanced Management Accounting 3.0
  FMGT 8911 Integrative Business Management Practices 3.0
 
Total Credits: 50.0

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Transfer credit

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.

Program Details

Program length

The rate of progress through this part-time program varies. Although most individuals take two to four years to complete their studies, students have up to seven years to complete the program requirements.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Continue your education

All program courses are officially recognized by the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPABC) for transfer credit to 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.

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.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Contact Us

Sarah Chanway
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8571 | Schanway@bcit.ca

Deacon Devlin
Part-time Studies Coordinator - Accounting, Finance, and Insurance
604-412-7453 | Deacon_Devlin@bcit.ca

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