Basic Accounting Certificate

This certificate provides a foundational introduction to accounting for persons interested in entry-level accounting employment or accounting for their own business. These courses also set up the participant for future computer-based accounting classes.

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  • Kelowna
  • Vernon
  • Penticton
  • Distance
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  • Full program offered
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Tuition and fees

2022-23: $649

Program details

This introductory program is designed for persons seeking entry-level employment in accounting, for those wishing to maintain a set of books for a small business, or for those wanting an understanding of basic accounting principles before studying computer-based accounting systems. The two courses in the program total 66 hours of instruction, and are supplemented by individual assignments requiring the application of material presented in class sessions.

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Campus Start date Schedule
Distance Apr 03, 2023

Computer-based, asynchronous, and tutor-supported (no direct instruction).

Kelowna Feb 07, 2023

Online hybrid. Tue & Thu evenings.

Kelowna Oct 02, 2023

Face to face. Tue & Thu evenings, 6-9 p.m.

Penticton Sep, 2023

Online. Tue & Thur evenings 6 - 9 p.m.

Penticton Jan, 2024

Face to face. Tue & Thu evenings 6-9 p.m.

Vernon Oct, 2023

On Campus. Two evenings per week.

Vernon Jan, 2024

On Campus. 2 evenings per week.

Program outline

BAC 11 - Introduction to Accounting Level I
BAC 12 - Introduction to Accounting Level II

Students must pass each course with a minimum grade of 60% to receive the certificate.

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