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Accounting: Certificate


The Accounting Certificate program prepares graduates for entry-level bookkeeping and accounting positions in the work force, or to pursue an Accounting Diploma.

The Certificate program includes an intense concentration of introductory and intermediate courses in financial and management accounting, one course in math, one course in finance, and two courses in tax. The Accounting Certificate is carefully aligned with the requirements of the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (BBA), Accounting Diploma and the CPA accounting designations.

Introductory financial accounting is a prerequisite for other required accounting courses making it necessary to study for at least three semesters to earn all required credits for an Accounting Certificate.

Admission Requirements

The Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, apply to this program.

Curricular Requirements

Students must complete 30 credits that include:

All of Group A or Group B:
Group A
  ACCT 1110 Introductory Financial Accounting I 3 credits
  ACCT 1210 Introductory Financial Accounting II 3 credits
Group B
  ACCT 2293 Accelerated Introductory Financial Accounting† 3 credits
All of:
  ACCT 2235 Introductory Taxation 3 credits
  ACCT 3310 Intermediate Financial Accounting I * 3 credits
  ACCT 3320 Cost and Management Accounting I 3 credits
  ACCT 3380 Managerial Finance 3 credits
  ACCT 3410 Intermediate Financial Accounting II * 3 credits
  CBSY 2306 Accounting Systems and Advanced Reporting Applications 3 credits
  CMNS 1140 Introduction to Professional Communication 3 credits
One of:
  BUQU 1130 Business Mathematics 3 credits
  MATH 1120 Differential Calculus 3 credits
  MATH 1130 Calculus for Life Sciences I 3 credits
  MATH 1140 Calculus I (Business Applications) 3 credits

Notes: † Students may earn a maximum of 6 credits from ACCT 1110, ACCT 1210 and ACCT 2293. Students that complete only ACCT 2293 must complete one elective course for 3 credits.

* ACCT 3510, Intermediate Financial Accounting I & II (6 credits), may be completed instead of ACCT 3310 and ACCT 3410.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Certificate in Accounting.

At a Glance

School of Business

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Certificate

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley
  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 30

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2016

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 13-Jun-2018

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