Gain specialized expertise in business and individual financial management for introductory careers in accounting, auditing, and tax preparation. 

Tuition: 13109*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based and Online
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: Jan, Sep

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively and respectfully as business professionals
  • Apply business principles, theories, skills and best practices in their professional role
  • Record financial transactions for sole proprietorships, partnerships, private enterprises, publicly accountable enterprises and non-profit organizations
  • Prepare and present financial statements, and reports for sole proprietorships, partnerships and private enterprises
  • Apply fundamental management accounting and financial management concepts to assist with the decision-making in an organization
  • Use accounting software to perform accounting, payroll and tax remittance functions in a computerized format
  • Prepare individual income tax returns and provide basic tax planning advice in compliance with the Canadian Income Tax Act
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving techniques to make sound management decisions and recommendations
  • Apply principles of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and ethics in their work as business professionals

What to expect

The courses will be presented using a variety of instructional strategies, resources and activities including lectures, case studies, discussions, presentations, and individual and group work.  Courses have been designed with learner centred approaches that promotes collaboration and student engagement.  

Accounting classes will be actively supported by computerized accounting lab activities using the latest industry standard software.  

Admission requirements


If you want to start in September 2024, follow these Admissions Requirements:

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Knowledge of mathematics demonstrated by one of the following:
    • Math 11 Foundations with a ‘C+’ grade or equivalent, or
    • Pre Calculus 11 with a C+ grade or equivalent, or
    • VCC Math 0861 and 0871 with a C+ grade or
    • VCC Math Assessment with the following scores: Basic Math with a minimum 80% and Algebra with a minimum 60%

If you want to start in January 2025 (or later), follow these Admissions Requirements:

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent


  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Knowledge of English demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • Detail-oriented
  • Well-developed analytical and critical thinking skills
  • An interest in the field of business and commerce
  • Good basic computer literacy
  • A strong sense of ethics, integrity and accountability
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work well with others in a diverse team environment

Courses *

Program general hours

Classes are typically scheduled any day from Monday to Saturday, any time between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Each class is three hours long, once per week. Students usually have 1 or 2 classes per day. See individual course schedules for details.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses.

PLAR is available for the following courses:

  • MGMT 1001 Business Mathematics
  • MGMT 1021 Computer Applications for Management

Only 6 credits of this program may be completed by PLAR. Methods for assessing prior learning may include exams, portfolios, interviews, and other evaluations.

Please contact the Department for details.  If PLAR is successful, transcripts will reflect an ‘S’ grade (satisfactorily completed), which is not included in grade point average (GPA) calculations. See Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy for more information.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 13109
Student union256
College initiative171
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource263
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 550
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 708
Program-specific extra fees0
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February 01, 2024
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