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Accounting

Note: The September 2019 intake is closed to new applications. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. The September 2020 intake will be open to applications starting November 1, 2019.
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 Program Entry 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).

Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day).

Entrance requirements

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

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Strong mathematic skills are required for success in BCIT Business diplomas. Students accepted into this program will be contacted starting in April regarding the completion of a math assessment test. If you score below a 67% on this assessment test, or feel that you would like to upgrade your math skills regardless, you should complete OPMT 0199 or OPMT 0023.

Transfer Credit

Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?

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.

Applications will be accepted up to day 14 of the term; an official transcript and a course outline where appropriate must be provided (or be on file with BCIT) to process the request. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit through this process.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2019 intake is closed to new applications. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. The September 2020 intake will be open to applications starting November 1, 2019.

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.
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Advanced Placement

Conditions

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through either re-admission or direct entry. Please note that applications are considered based on:
  • Complete applications: you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.

Re-admission

If you have previously completed part of this program at BCIT and wish to re-enter the program at an advanced level, you can apply for re-admission.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment Form [PDF] with your application.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Direct entry

If you are new to the program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level, you can apply for direct entry.

BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

  • February 1st* for level 2 (January start)
  • November 1st* for level 3 (September start)

  • *or next business day

There are 4 options for direct entry. If you are applying through options 1, 2, or 3, you must submit an online application. Option 4 applicants, submit your application for transfer directly to BCIT Admissions.

Option 1: If you do not have a diploma or degree

Applications to level 2 or 3.

Submit the following with your online application:

Required courses

If you are applying to level 2, you must show proof of completion of (or registration in) the level 1 courses (or equivalents) below.

If you are applying to level 3, you must show proof of completion of (or registration in) the level 1 and 2 courses (or equivalents) below.

Level 1 courses

Full-time Course Name Part-time Equivalent
BSYS 1000 Business Information Systems BSYS 1001
COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 COMM 1103 or
COMM 1106
ECON 2100 Microeconomics ECON 2100
FMGT 1000* Academic and Business Preparation N/A
FMGT 1105** (50%) Accounting 1 for Financial Management FMGT 1100
(70% or B-)
MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing MKTG 1102
OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics OPMT 1110
ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour ORGB 1105

Level 2 courses

Full-time Course Name Part-time Equivalent
BLAW 3100 Business Law BLAW 3100
BSYS 2050 Business Data Analytics BSYS 2051
BSYS 2060 Business Data Management BSYS 2061
BUSA 2100 Principles of Management BUSA 2005
COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 COMM 2202 (or 2002) and
COMM 2203 (or 2003)
ECON 2200 Macroeconomics ECON 2200
FMGT 2105** (65%) Accounting 2 for Financial Management FMGT 2100 (70% or B-)
FMGT 2540 Working Capital Management FMGT 1540
FMGT 2710 Computerized Accounting FMGT 2711
OPMT 1130 Business Statistics OPMT 1197

*Note: As there is no part-time equivalency for FMGT 1000, this course may be waived in most instanced.

**Note: Accounting courses completed in the UK or the United States may be considered for transfer credit toward FMGT 1105/1100 and FMGT 2105/2100.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Option 2: Diploma or degree holders

Applications to level 2 or 3.

Submit the following with your online application:

Required courses for direct entry to level 2:

Full-time Course Name Part-time Equivalent
COMM 1100* Business Communication 1 COMM 1103 or
COMM 1106
FMGT 1105** (50%) Accounting 1 for Financial Management FMGT 1100 (70% or B-)

Required courses for direct entry to level 3:

Full-time Course Name Part-time Equivalent
FMGT 1105** (50%) Accounting 1 for Financial Management FMGT 1100 (70% or B-)
FMGT 2105** (65%) Accounting 2 for Financial Management FMGT 2100 (70% or B-)

The following courses are recommended for completion prior to admission into level 3, but are mandatory for graduation from the program.

Full-time Course Name Part-time Equivalent
COMM 1100* Business Communication 1 COMM 1103 or
COMM 1106
COMM 2200* Business Communication 2 COMM 2202 (or 2002) and
COMM 2203 (or 2003)
FMGT 2710 Computerized Accounting FMGT 2711

*Note: For accredited Canadian or US credentials, if you have achieved a bachelor’s degree the COMM 1100 and 2200 courses may be waived. If you have an associate degree or a diploma, COMM 1103 (or 1106) and COMM 2202 (or 2002) may be waived. Note that COMM 2203 (or 2003) will still be required.

**Note: Accounting courses completed in the UK or the United States may be considered for transfer credit for FMGT 1105/1100 and FMGT 2105/2100.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Direct entry FAQs

  • When should I apply?


  • It is recommended that you apply when you have met all of the entrance requirements. If you are currently registered in a course, please indicate this on the self-assessment form.

  • When will I be accepted?


  • Once your application has been assessed and has been approved for direct entry, a seat must become available in the program you have selected. The Admissions department must wait until the current students obtain their final grades in either December or May to determine how many seats will become available for direct entry applicants.

  • Can I take courses in advance to reduce my course load?


  • In order to maintain a competitive application, it is recommended that you take no more than two courses per term ahead of time. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit. Note that this will not reduce your full-time program tuition.

  • When will I get my timetable?


  • Print your timetable one day prior to class start by logging into my.bcit.ca and going to Student Self-Service. You must be registered in your courses in order to access this feature. If you know the set to which you have been assigned, you can also find your timetable at timetables.bcitbusiness.ca.

  • When can I buy my books?


  • It is recommended that you wait until the first week of classes before buying textbooks. Your instructors will tell you which books to buy.

To register for a Part-time Studies course, visit Register for Part-time Courses or contact Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Still have questions? Review the Admissions FAQ or contact Program Advising.

Additional options

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

The BCIT Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is also a viable option for students that have completed a bachelor's degree. This is an eight month full-time program that leads into a number of international MBA programs.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $542; Level 2: $388; Level 3: $981; Level 4: $758
(General estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

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

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 matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BSYS 1000 Business Information Systems 3.0
  COMM 1100 Business Communication 1 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  FMGT 1000 Academic and Business Preparation 1.0
  FMGT 1105 Accounting 1 for Financial Management 5.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  ORGB 1100 Organizational Behaviour 3.0

Students must achieve a minimum grade of 50% in FMGT 1105 or 70% in FMGT 1100 to take FMGT 2105.

 
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 2050 Business Data Analytics* 2.0
  BSYS 2060 Business Data Management* 2.0
  BUSA 2100 Principles of Management* 2.0
  COMM 2200 Business Communication 2 4.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 2105 Accounting 2 for Financial Management 6.5
  FMGT 2540 Working Capital Management* 2.5
  FMGT 2710 Computerized Accounting 2.0
  OPMT 1130 Business Statistics 5.5
*denotes a half-term course
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  FMGT 3110 Financial Accounting 1 4.0
  FMGT 3210 Cost/Managerial Accounting 1 4.0
  FMGT 3310 Auditing 1 3.0
  FMGT 3410 Taxation 1 4.0
  FMGT 3510 Finance 1 4.0
  FMGT 3720 Advanced Computer Applications 1 4.0
  FMGT 4620 Security Fundamentals 3.0
 
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  FMGT 4110 Financial Accounting 2 5.5
  FMGT 4210 Cost and Managerial Accounting 2 5.5
  FMGT 4310 Auditing 2 5.5
  FMGT 4410 Taxation 2 5.5
  FMGT 4510 Finance 2 5.5
  FMGT 4710 Advanced Computer Applications 2 5.5
  FMGT 4900 Capstone Integrative Case 2.5
and
  FMGT 4750 Financial Information Systems* 2.5
  or
  FMGT 4915 Payroll Essentials* 2.5
  or
  FMGT 4920 Career Preparation* 2.5
* denotes a half-term course
 
Total Credits: 123.5

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

Two years, full-time

Additional program options

Accreditation

The accounting profession, through its professional bodies, recognizes a wide variety of subjects offered in the program. The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Certified General Accountants' Association of Canada, the Certified Management Accountants Society and the Canadian Credit Institute give credit for various subjects, and our graduates are able to achieve a professional designation within two years of receiving their BCIT diploma.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

The Financial Management department offers an Accounting degree completion program to those who already have an Accounting, Finance, or Financial Planning diploma or equivalent. Please see our Bachelor of Accounting program for more information.

Universities will give credit for subjects taken in the program to those students who wish to continue their training and qualify for a university degree. Block transfer credit arrangements are in effect with Thompson River University, Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Royal Roads University and Lakehead University.

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.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2016-2018 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

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

Contact Us

604-431-4954 | Accounting_Diploma@bcit.ca

International students please contact:
international@bcit.ca

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

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