Program Highlights

Gain the skills and confidence to start a career in the financial services sector in less than a year in the Accounting Assistant Certificate program at Capilano University.

The Fall 2021 intake for the Accounting Assistant Certificate program has been cancelled and is no longer running.

Learn from anywhere with our virtual classes and receive the same level of mentorship and oversight from our instructors as you would in person.

In the program, you'll take courses in accounting, bookkeeping, computer applications, office administrative procedures and gain work experience by taking part in a two-week practicum before graduation.

  • Prepare business emails, letters and memos using fundamental principles of grammar, punctuation, and written communication skills so that the message is clearly transmitted.
  • Apply basic math skills in the computation of the numerical aspects of business situations.
  • Analyze and record basic accounting transactions accurately and thoroughly for different types of business organizations.
  • Operate Microsoft Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint as software tools to be used in a business setting.
  • Record accounting transactions using a variety of computerized accounting programs.
  • Produce an effective team project which links high-performance team and group concepts.
  • Use their resume, letters of application, interviewing techniques and other job strategies to seek employment and complete a two week practicum placement.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$4147 $1638 $5785
Year 2$0 $0 $0
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$4147 $1638 $5785

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

Required Courses

Total credits: 30.00


Students must achieve a minimum of a "B" grade in BTEC 117 to continue in this program.

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


Total program credits: 30.00

Program Notes

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

Important Dates

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

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