Accounting (Certificate)

Commerce & Business Administration
Length of Program
One year
Credential Type
New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements


Interested in pursuing a career in accounting? Take the first step with Douglas College’s one-year Accounting Certificate. The program provides a concentrated study of accounting subjects and will prepare you for entry-level positions, such as company bookkeeper, and will enable you to assist your organization with financial record keeping and budgeting needs.

Graduates from this program interested in furthering their careers in the accounting field can seamlessly transfer into the Accounting Diploma program or the Bachelor of Business Administration program, opening the door to even more employment opportunities.

Day and evening courses, offered year-round to both part-time and full-time students, provide individuals with flexibility while earning their credential.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Note: Some courses in this program require students to have completed Foundations of Math 11 with a grade of C (some courses may have a higher requirement). Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you check each individual course prerequisite and ensure that you have completed requirements prior to registration.


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Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 50% (15 credits) of all course work must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Time limit to complete the program graduation requirements: 4 years. Any courses completed outside of that time limit will not be usable. Students may seek the permission of the Department/Program to complete a credential outside the approved time limits."



Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Required Courses:
ACCT 11101 Principles of Accounting I 3.00
ACCT 12101 Principles of Accounting II 3.00
ACCT 1222 Computer Applications for Accounting 3.00
ACCT 2320 Introductory Managerial Accounting 3.00
ACCT 3310 Intermediate Accounting I 3.00
CSIS 1190 Excel For Business 3.00
Select one course from the following two options:
FINC 1231 Business Mathematics 3.00
MATH 1125 Calculus for the Social Sciences 3.00
Select one course from the following two options:
CMNS 1115 Business Communication 3.00
ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00
Electives2 Select two 1000-4000 level courses from ACCT, BUSN, BLAW, CSIS, ECON, FINC or MARK 6.00
Total Credits   30.00



1. ACCT 1235 (Principles of Introductory Financial Accounting I & II) can be taken instead of ACCT 1110 and 1210. A 3-credit open elective course must then be taken to meet the 30-credit requirement of the program.

2. Elective(s) : 1000-2000 level courses must be university transferable. A University Transferable course is a course that transfers to one of the Research Universities - SFU, UBC (UBCV or UBCO), UNBC, or UVIC in the BC Transfer Guide.


Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Career Pathways

Some career opportunities may require further education in addition to your credential.

  • Accounting Clerk 
  • Accounts Payable Clerk 
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk 
  • Bookkeeper 
  • Customer Service Representative (Banking) 
  • Collection Clerk 
  • Finance Clerk 
  • Insurance Clerk 
  • Real Estate Clerk 
  • Recruiter 
  • Tax Preparer