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Unlock Opportunities in the World of Finance with VCC’s Accounting Program

You might think that accounting is all about crunching numbers, but the field of accounting is a crucial component of the business world that offers numerous benefits and opportunities for individuals seeking a stable and rewarding profession. Accounting professionals play a pivotal role in helping organizations manage their financial resources effectively, make informed decisions, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. With today’s fast-paced and complex economic landscape, students enrolled in Vancouver Community College’s (VCC) Accounting program will find that a career in this field offers a wealth of advantages and potential for personal and professional growth. 


About the Accounting program

VCC’s Accounting program is designed to help students learn various business principles, financial management, taxation, and auditing—aspects of accounting that students must develop their skills in to be successful accountants. The program covers a wide range of topics essential for understanding the financial world, including mathematics, communications, economics, and management. By combining theoretical knowledge with practical skills, the Accounting program ensures that its graduates are well-prepared to tackle the challenges and opportunities they will encounter in their professional careers.

Key information

  • Tuition: $38,635
  • Credential: Diploma
  • Length: 2 years
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Delivery: Class-based and Online
  • Program Flyer: Download
  • Campus: Downtown (250 West Pender St., Vancouver, B.C., V6B 1S9)
  • Start Dates: January, September

Note that the program has four academic terms (two terms per year), and students must complete all terms within 5 years of starting their studies in the program. 


Examples of courses in the program include:

  • Business Mathematics
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Information Technology Management
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Financial Accounting
  • Canadian Business Law

What you’ll learn in the program

  • Accounting: How to prepare financial statements, analyze financial data, and adhere to BC and Canada’s accounting standards
  • Taxation: How to record financial transactions, prepare tax returns, identify tax planning opportunities, and navigate tax legislation
  • Auditing: How to assess the reliability and integrity of financial information, conduct internal and external audits, identify risks, and ensure compliance with auditing standards
  • Application: How to apply principles, theories, lessons, and skills to real-world situations
  • Software: How to use various software tools for bookkeeping, financial analysis, and reporting
  • Management: How to develop managerial decision-making skills to contribute to an organization’s strategic development
  • Communication: How to communicate effectively as a business professional, apply critical-thinking skills and problem-solving techniques in ambiguous situations and uphold social responsibility/sustainability/ethics in work

Admission Requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Knowledge of English
  • Knowledge of mathematics 

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Future Career Opportunities

VCC’s Accounting program aligns with the requirements of esteemed professional accounting bodies, such as the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada. Thus, graduates may choose to further their studies and complete examinations to become CPAs or pursue other designations like Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified General Accountant (CGA). 

Generally speaking, graduates of the program are well-equipped to pursue diverse accounting and finance roles across a range of industries. In Vancouver, opportunities exist in public accounting firms, corporations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and financial institutions. Common career paths include:

  • Staff Accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Tax specialist
  • Audit Associate
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll administrator
  • Budget analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Accounts Payable/Receivable clerk

Sources: VCC – Accounting Program, 10 Jobs for Accounting Majors, With Salary Information

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