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Professional Accounting Option Part-time Certificate 585fmcert

Professional Accounting

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online for the Fall semester.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
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).

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 Program Entry 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.

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 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:

International applicants:

Learn about eligibility requirements to study and work in Vancouver.

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Program declaration

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

To submit your declaration:

  • Answer all questions completely.
  • If required, convert transcripts and documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
Declare Now

Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

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

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.

Financial assistance

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


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.

Program matrix

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1. Required Courses: Credits
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1* 4.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2* 5.5
  FMGT 3110 Financial Accounting 1 4.0
  FMGT 3210 Cost/Managerial Accounting 1 4.0
  FMGT 3410 Taxation 1 4.0
  FMGT 4110 Financial Accounting 2 5.5
  FMGT 4210 Cost and Managerial Accounting 2 5.5
  FMGT 4410 Taxation 2 5.5
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0

*Students intending to proceed to the Accounting, Finance or Financial Planning diploma programs must achieve a final grade of 70% or greater in FMGT 1100 and FMGT 2100

2. Complete a minimum of 4.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  OPMT 1197 Statistics for Business and Industry 4.5
  ORGB 1105 Organizational Behaviour 4.0
3. Complete the following computer related course: Credits
  FMGT 2711 Computerized Accounting 3.0
4. Complete a minimum of 4.5 credits from the following: Credits
Financial Management courses or other technologies in Business. Please submit an Application for Program Approval to BCIT Student Records for processing.

Elective courses may include:

  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 1001 Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2016 3.0
  BSYS 2051 Introduction to Business Data Analytics with MS Excel 2016 for Windows 3.0
  BSYS 2061 Business Data Management with MS Access 2016 3.0
  BUSA 2005 Principles of Management 4.0
  BUSA 4705 Leading People and Teams Across Cultures 4.0
  BUSA 5030 Independent Business Studies 1 3.0
  COMM 2202 Business and Technical Correspondence 3.0
  COMM 2203 Business and Technical Reports 3.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 1540 Credit and Collections 3.0
  FMGT 2701 Management Information Systems 3.0
  FMGT 2820 Investment and Risk Management 3.0
  FMGT 3310 Auditing 1 3.0
  FMGT 3720 Advanced Computer Applications 1 4.0
  FMGT 4310 Auditing 2 5.5
  FMGT 4710 Advanced Computer Applications 2 5.5
  FMGT 4915 Payroll Essentials 2.5
  FMGT 7120 Advanced Accounting 5.5
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  MKTG 1323 Effective Public Speaking 3.0
  OPMT 1197 Statistics for Business and Industry 4.5
  OPMT 3197 Management Science 4.0
  ORGB 1105 Organizational Behaviour 4.0
Total Credits: 56.5

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

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.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

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
  • Bookkeeper
  • Insurance Clerk

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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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.

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

Samantha Rubinic
Program Assistant
604-432-8577 |

Deacon Devlin
Part-time Studies Coordinator - Accounting, Finance, and Insurance
604-412-7453 |

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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