Accounting Assistant Diploma

Faculty of Business & Professional Studies
School of Business


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.

  • Prepare business emails, letters and memos using fundamental principles of grammar, punctuation, and written communication skills so that the message is clearly transmitted and demonstrates critical thinking.
  • Apply basic math skills in the computation of the numerical aspects of business situations and use basic business statistics in decision-making.
  • Analyze and record accounting transactions in both manual and computerized environment.
  • Operate Microsoft Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint as software tools to be used in a business setting.
  • Produce an effective team project which links high-performance team concepts.
  • Use their resume, letters of application, interviewing techniques and other job strategies to seek employment and complete a two week practicum placement.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the main themes and ideas of microeconomic theory.
  • Analyze diverse business situations using an assortment of strategic management and business analysis techniques.
  • Recognize the effect upon business relationships of legal principles.
  • Students who achieve a minimum grade of B in the following courses will receive credit from the School of Business: BTEC 252 may substitute for BADM 106, BTEC 117 and 217 may substitute for BFIN 141, BTEC 125 and 126 may substitute for BCPT 123 and a business computing elective upon completion of the Accounting Assistant program, BTEC 211 may substitute for CMNS 220.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallBoth

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$3,986 $1,269 $5,255
Year 2$3,986 $1,269 $5,255
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$7,972 $2,538 $10,511

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.

First Term

Total credits: 15.00

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


Second Term

Total credits: 15.00

BTEC 149Financial Computer Applications3.00 credits
BTEC 211Business Writing3.00 credits
BTEC 217Accounting Procedures II3.00 credits
BTEC 220Accounting Procedures III1.50 credits
BTEC 252Organizational Behaviour3.00 credits
BTEC 300Accounting Assistant Practicum1.50 credits


Third Term

Total credits: 15.00

BADM 101Management3.00 credits
BADM 102Quantitative Methods3.00 credits
BADM 201Business Information Systems3.00 credits
BMKT 161Marketing3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits


Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.00

BADM 107Business Law I3.00 credits
BADM 204Introduction to Strategic Management3.00 credits
BADM 210Business Statistics3.00 credits
BFIN 241Finance for Managers3.00 credits
ECON 111Principles of Microeconomic Theory3.00 credits


Total program credits: 60.00

Important Dates

Application Dates

Aug 7, 2018 - Sep 3, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 8, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 19, 2019 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status

English 12 (C+) or English 12 First Peoples (C+) or EDT=ENGL 100 or LPI essay score=24, essay level=4, 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-)

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.

Applicant must attend an information meeting or make an appointment with a faculty member or program convenor.

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


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