Program Highlights

The two-year Accounting Assistant Diploma program gives students practical accounting skills, computer competence and basic management expertise that ensure success in the workplace.

Graduates gain a solid foundation in accounting/bookkeeping and general business knowledge with courses in management, quantitative methods, business law, finance, economics and communications during their second year.

  • Apply and integrate accounting theory, skills and computer applications, in teams and individually, in practice-based and / or work integrated learning (WIL) activities.
  • Demonstrate analytical and reflective thinking techniques to identify and analyze business problems.
  • Leverage innovative technologies and techniques to enhance decision-making, collaboration and communication in business settings.
  • Work collaboratively in diverse groups by engaging in team-building, problem-solving, and self-management.
  • Produce effective business documents and deliver effective oral business presentations using a variety of appropriate technologies.

Admission Requirements

English language requirements

English is the language of instruction at CapU. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must meet our English Language Requirements.

Basic requirements

  • High school graduation
  • English Studies 12 (C+) or 
    • English 12 (C+) or
    • English First Peoples 12 (C+) or
    • EDT=ENGL 100 or
    • LPI essay score=24, essay level=4 or
    • CAEL=70, and
  • Principles of Math 11 (C) or
    • Pre-calculus 11 (pass) or
    • Foundations of Math 11 (C) or
    • BMTH 044 (C) or
    • BMTH 048 (C) or
    • MATH 096 (C) or
    • MATH 097 (C) or
    • Applications of Math 12 (pass) or
    • Apprenticeship & Workplace Mathematics 12 (B) or
    • Foundations of Math 12 (pass) or
    • Principles of Math 12 (pass) or
    • Pre-calculus 12 (pass) or
    • BMTH 054 (pass) or
    • BTEC 115 (B-)

Program-specific requirements

  • Attend an information session, or
  • Make an appointment with a faculty member or program convenor

Admission Notes

Please note:  Applicants who do not have the math admission requirements for the diploma may apply for the Accounting Assistant Certificate.  The certificate is the first year of the diploma and includes BTEC 115.  With a minimum B- in BTEC 115, students may then continue on to the diploma.

Program Requirements

First Year

Total credits: 30.00

BTEC 111Business English I3.00 credits
BTEC 115Business Systems and Procedures3.00 credits
BTEC 117Accounting Procedures I3.00 credits
BTEC 125Comprehensive Computer Applications I3.00 credits
BTEC 126Comprehensive Computer Applications II3.00 credits
BTEC 149Financial Computer Applications3.00 credits
BTEC 199Accounting Assistant Practicum1.50 credits
BTEC 211Business Writing3.00 credits
BTEC 217Accounting Procedures II3.00 credits
BTEC 220Accounting Procedures III1.50 credits
BTEC 252Organizational Behaviour3.00 credits


Second Year

Total credits: 30.00

BADM 101Introduction to Management3.00 credits
BADM 102Quantitative Methods3.00 credits
BADM 201Business Information Systems3.00 credits
BFIN 142Financial Accounting I3.00 credits
BFIN 241Finance for Managers3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
Choose 12.00 credits from the following list:
BADM 107Business Law I3.00 credits
BADM 204Introduction to Strategic Management3.00 credits
BFIN 246Financial Accounting II3.00 credits
BFIN 286Personal Financial Planning3.00 credits
BMKT 161Introduction to Marketing3.00 credits
ECON 111Principles of Microeconomic Theory3.00 credits
BFINBFIN 244 Managerial Accounting or BFIN 341 Cost Accounting I3.00 credits


Total program credits: 60.00

Program Notes

Students are restricted to credit for only one of BFIN 244 or BFIN 341 towards this credential. (Students planning to take the Bachelor of Business Administration Accounting concentration must take BFIN 341).

Students who achieve a minimum grade of B in the following courses will receive credit from the School of Business:

-BTEC 117 and BTEC 217 may substitute for BFIN 141;

-BTEC 125 and BTEC 126 may substitute for BCPT 123 and a business elective;

-upon completion of the Accounting Assistant program, BTEC 211 may substitute for CMNS 220.

Note: BTEC 252 is equivalent to BADM 106


Have questions about this program?

Applied Business Programs

Accounting Assistant and Retail Business Fundamentals
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Student Information Services

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604 984 1798 (fax)
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