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Accounting

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.

This 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

  • Full or part-time diploma program
  • After graduation, complete your bachelor’s degree
  • 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.

Your experience matters

If you already have work experience or other post-secondary education, you might qualify for course credits to help accelerate your training. Check to see whether your experience qualifies you for advanced placement.

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.

To find out more about the positions Accounting diploma grads enter, visit Graduating and Jobs.

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, 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 program and earn your credential, you simply need to complete a Part-time Program Declaration Request. Applications are processed throughout the year.

To be successful in BCIT's fast paced applied learning environment, it is strongly recommended that students have English proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country and English 12 are strongly recommended for success. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

Part-time Accounting diploma

Part-time students considering applying to the Accounting diploma are strongly advised to begin their studies by completing one of the following programs. The content covered in the below programs help provide the knowledge skillset for students to excel in the diploma program.

Upon completion of the associate certificate or certificate program, students are then recommended to continue their studies towards the Accounting diploma program.

Previous full-time students who have successfully completed Level 1, considering completing the Accounting diploma through Part-time Studies, are advised to complete the following certificate program:

Upon completion of the certificate program, students are recommended to continue their studies towards the Accounting diploma program.

Previous full-time students who have successfully completed Level 1 and Level 2, considering completing their Accounting diploma through Part-time Studies, are advised to apply through the Part-time Program Declaration process.

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Note: This form is not required for direct entry applicants. See advanced placement information for direct entry requirements.

Advanced Placement

If you are new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere, You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through direct entry.

Direct entry applicants are subject to the following requirements:

Please see the Direct Entry information sheet [PDF] for details.

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.

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined and also provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
Read more about program declaration requests

To declare this program, please follow the application instructions for your entrance type.

Regular applicants:

  1. Click on Apply Now.
  2. Select Apply for a program and follow the prompts.
  3. Choose Part-time Program Declaration when selecting entrance type.
  4. Proceed with the declaration request.

Direct entry applicants:

  1. Click on Apply Now.
  2. Select Apply for a Program and follow the prompts.
  3. For entrance type, choose I am new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level (Direct Entry).
  4. Select the intake with part-time delivery.
  5. Proceed with the application.

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

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.

In-classroom delivery is available for most courses in the program. Some courses are also offered online.

The length of most online courses is 12 weeks. Online learning students should plan to spend an average of seven-to-ten hours per week on their studies for each course.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required Courses (complete a minimum of 116.0 credits): Credits
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 1001 Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2016 3.0
  BSYS 2051 Business Data Analytics with MS Excel 2016 3.0
  BSYS 2061 Business Data Management with MS Access 2016 3.0
  BUSA 2005 Principles of Management 4.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1* 4.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2* 5.5
  FMGT 2711 Computerized Accounting 3.0
  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 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 4620 Security Fundamentals 3.0
  FMGT 4710 Advanced Computer Applications 2 5.5
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  OPMT 1197 Statistics for Business and Industry 4.5
  ORGB 1105 Organizational Behaviour 4.0
and
  FMGT 1540 Credit and Collections 3.0
  or
  FMGT 2540 Working Capital Management 2.5
and
  FMGT 4915 Payroll Essentials 2.5
  or
  FMGT 7121 Advanced Accounting 3.0
  or
  OPMT 3197 Management Science 4.0

*Students must achieve a minimum grade of 70% in FMGT 1100 and FMGT 2100.

 
2. Required Courses - Communications (9.0 credits): Credits
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  or
  COMM 1106 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication (With Language Development Component) 3.0
and
  COMM 2202 Business and Technical Correspondence 3.0
  COMM 2203 Business and Technical Reports 3.0
  or
  COMM 2002 Business and Technical Correspondence With Language Development Component 3.0
  COMM 2003 Business and Technical Reports With Language Development Component 3.0
 
Total Credits: 125.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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 the part-time program varies. Although most individuals take three to five years to complete their studies, students have up to seven years to complete the program requirements.

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

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Continue your education

BCIT offers part-time students the opportunity to complete a series of credential programs, ultimately leading to a Bachelor degree. If you apply and qualify, you can work towards the following credentials:

  1. Bachelor of Accounting
  2. Bachelor of Business Administration

Degree Completion – Bachelor of Technology in Accounting

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.

Accounting Designation

Many graduates from our accounting programs go on to receive an accounting designation. In the past year we had:
  • 92 grads receive a CGA
  • 22 grads receive a CA
  • 15 grads receive a CMA

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

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
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