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VCC offers fully-funded administrative accounting and bookkeeping training

Posted on November 21, 2022

Vancouver Community College (VCC)'s Partnership Development Office (PDO) is pleased to offer a specialized, no-cost administrative accounting and bookkeeping training (AAAB) program to eligible British Columbians.

This 22-week, comprehensive program is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to work as accounting assistants, bookkeepers, and in related administrative roles in small, medium, and large businesses. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to perform accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and general bookkeeping duties. Some graduates may use their administrative accounting skills to start their own home-based bookkeeping businesses.

AAAB training is 460 hours and includes 18 weeks of cohort-based classroom instruction and four weeks of experiential learning/on-the job experience at an authentic workplace with a local employer.

Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.


  • Skills for Success (formerly known as Essential Skills) / Employability Skills
  • Computer Skills: Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Writing Business Letters
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Office Procedures
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Intro to Canadian Income Tax
  • Intro to Bookkeeping
  • Intro to Payroll
  • Computerized Accounting; Quick Books Level 1
  • Computerized Accounting; Quick Books Level 2
  • Capstone project
  • Job search skills

Training schedule

February 21 – July 21, 2023 (Includes four weeks of work experience)

Elegibility criteria

Participants must be:

  • At least 18 years old and have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Reside in B.C.
  • Canadian Citizens; or Permanent Residents; or Protected persons entitled to work in Canada
  • Unemployed, employed part-time (30 hours or less/week, seasonal or casual), or precariously employed; and seeking training to find a new job or prepare for changing job requirements or new job opportunities in the community
  • Priority will be given to the following client groups:
    • Indigenous peoples
    • Youth (18-29)
    • Immigrants (landed within 10 years)
    • Mature person (55+)

Admissions Criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent
  • Math 11 with a minimum C+ grade or equivalent
  • English 12 with a minimum C+ grade or CLB 8 or equivalent
  • Keyboarding speed of 25 wpm
  • Access to a reliable computer/laptop and internet
  • Basic skills in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Demonstrated ability to commit to five months of full-time training


Tution is fully covered and there is no additional cost to the participant or employer.

To apply

To apply for this program, all interested candidates must register and attend an AAAB information session. For questions, please contact Alena Worster at or call 604.443.8751.