Why pursue accounting in Canada?
Accounting Education in Canada
When it comes to choosing a field of study, accounting has proven to be a versatile and rewarding career option. In Canada, universities and colleges offer top-notch accounting programs that adhere to high educational standards, and courses cover various aspects of accounting, including financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, auditing, and more. The curriculum is designed to equip students with a strong foundation in accounting principles and practices, ensuring that they acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in the field.
Opportunities for Practical Experience
One of the major advantages of studying accounting in Canada is the emphasis placed on practical experience. Many programs offer co-op and/or internship opportunities, allowing students to gain hands-on experience in real-world accounting settings. This practical exposure enables students to apply theoretical concepts to practical scenarios, fostering a deeper understanding of the subject matter and (enhancing their employability) preparing them for their future career.
Internationally Recognized Designations
Accounting professionals in Canada have access to internationally recognized designations such as the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Obtaining a CPA designation enhances job prospects and opens doors to global career opportunities, and the rigorous CPA program ensures that accountants possess the necessary competencies and ethical standards required to excel in the profession.
Accounting at Langara College
The four-year Bachelor of Business Administration Program Accounting Concentration at Langara College is a comprehensive accounting program that prepares students for the CPA BC “CPA Professional Education Program (PEP)” and a rewarding career in the field of accounting and finance. The two-year Diploma in Accounting program is designed to provide a strong foundation in accounting principles, financial management, taxation, auditing, and other essential areas. By combining theoretical knowledge with practical skills, the program ensures that students are well-equipped to meet the demands of the accounting industry upon entering the workforce.
- Department: Langara School of Management
- Category: Business
- Division: Management Programs
- Credential: Diploma, Baccalaureate Degree
- Program Type: Limited Enrolment
- Duration: 2 years / 4 years (depending on the program)
- Start/Intake dates: September, January, and May
To graduate with a Diploma in Accounting, students must attain 60 credits.
Examples of courses offered in the program include:
- Business Law
- Organizational Behaviour
- Written Communications
- Principles of Microeconomics
- Financial Accounting
- Introductory Taxation
- Academic Writing
- Statistical Methods
Graduates of this program who meet the minimum academic entrance requirements will:
- Be able to ladder into the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, and
- Meet the prerequisite requirements for the CPA Canada Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF).
- Domestic Applicants: BC Grade 12 Graduation (or equivalent) or 19 years of age or older
- International Applicants: BC Grade 12 Graduation (or equivalent)
English Language Requirement
- See Category 2
- Applicants who have attempted 24 credits or more of post-secondary study must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher
- Admission to a program does not guarantee registration into required courses
- Students admitted to this program may need to take one or more additional English courses to meet the prerequisite requirements of the English courses required in this program
All admission requirements must be met and documentation submitted by the following dates:
- Fall Semester: May 31
- Spring Semester: October 31
- Summer Semester: February 28
* NOTE: Programs may become filled prior to these posted deadlines and without notice. To avoid disappointment, please apply early.
Transferability of Courses
Many of the Accounting Program courses are eligible for university-transfer credit or exemptions for the courses offered by the Chartered Professional Accountants British Columbia (CPA BC).
Many courses carry transfer credit to other post-secondary institutions. Please refer to www.bctransferguide.ca.
Future Career Opportunities
A degree in accounting opens up a wide range of career opportunities in various sectors, including public practice, the public sector, and the private sector. Other financial services areas such as banking, securities, and financial planning are good options as well. Graduates of the program can go on to work in:
- Public accountant
- Tax consultant
- Financial auditor
- Government accountant
- Internal auditor
- Financial analyst
- Budget analyst
- Corporate accountant
- Financial manager
Source: Langara College: Accounting