Academic Calendar 2023/24

School of Business

Accounting certificate

The Accounting certificate program is a comprehensive accounting program designed for students who wish to pursue a career as an accounting technician or in financial management. Students wanting to complete the Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) designation must complete a Bachelor’s degree and meet the CPA entrance requirements.

The Accounting certificate program may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The course workload of the full-time program is rigorous and demanding.

Professional bodies provide scholarships for students entering their programs. Details may be obtained from a School of Business advisor or the Financial Aid and Awards office.

An Accounting major is also available in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Entrance requirements

Option 1: Secondary school (for students with secondary school graduation only)

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or minimum 19 years of age before the first day of classes.
  2. Prerequisites for CMNS 125.
  3. Prerequisites for MATH 141.

Option 2: University entrance (for students who have attended some post-secondary school)

  1. Prerequisites for CMNS 125.
  2. Prerequisites for MATH 141.
  3. One of the following:
    • Completion of a minimum of 9 credits in courses numbered at the 100 level and above, with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 on all credits attempted.
    • Completion of a post-secondary career or technical diploma (minimum of two years post-secondary credit) from a recognized Canadian or International post-secondary institution, with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 (equated to the UFV grading scheme), calculated on all courses taken.
    • Completion of a three- or four-year Bachelor's degree from a recognized Canadian or International institution, with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 (equated to the UFV grading scheme).

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at

    Additional documents required for a complete application:

    • Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
    • For secondary school entrance, a final official transcript (if graduated).
  2. Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Program duration

Depending on the upper-level elective choices, students may need a minimum of six semesters to complete the program. The program can be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis and must be completed within seven years of admission.


All students may have to travel between campuses during their program. Most 300-level courses are offered only on the Abbotsford campus.

Program outline

Core courses

Course Title Credits
BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3
BUS 145 Introductory Financial Accounting (see Note) 3
BUS 160/ CIS 110 Computerized Business Application and MIS 3
BUS 247 Introductory Management Accounting 3
BUS 249 Introduction to Finance 3
ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics 3

Note: BUS 143 and BUS 144 may be taken in place of BUS 145.

Elective courses

One lower-level elective and three upper-level electives must be chosen from the courses listed below.

Course Title Credits
One of:   3-4
BUS 261 Business Law  
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences  
STAT 104 Introductory Statistics (see Note)  
STAT 106 Statistics I (see Note)  
Three of:   9
BUS 343 Intermediate Accounting I  
BUS 344 Intermediate Accounting II  
BUS 345 Income Tax I  
BUS 346 Income Tax II  
BUS 347 Auditing  
BUS 348 Intermediate Management Accounting  
BUS 349/ ECON 349 Financial Management I  
BUS 439 Advanced Financial Accounting  
BUS 444 Advanced Management Accounting  
BUS 449/ ECON 449 Financial Management II  

Note: The Business Administration diploma and the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree both require STAT 106. Although STAT 104 can be used as an elective in both programs, students choosing a STAT elective are advised to choose STAT 106 if they plan to complete additional School of Business programs.

Program requirements

Students whose cumulative grade point average and/or semester grade point average falls below 2.00 during their program are subject to program warning and/or removal from the program.

Transferring courses to other institutions and associations

Students intending to pursue commerce or business administration studies at another institution are advised to study those institutions’ academic calendars carefully before enrolling in any UFV courses which have a BUS designation. Students should consult an Advisor at UFV and contact the institution to which they intend to transfer, or refer to the B.C. Transfer Guide at for transfer details.

A number of the School of Business's courses have transferability with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), allowing students graduating with a BBA Accounting major to meet the prerequisite requirements (PREP) of the CPA program.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or higher) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).


Students must complete at least 25% of the credits required in the certificate at UFV.

Graduation requirements

To be eligible to graduate, students must achieve a minimum program and cumulative GPA of 2.00. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with a School of Business advisor.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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