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Accounting Certificate



Three semesters

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Abbotsford campus




The Accounting certificate program is a comprehensive accounting program designed for mature students who wish to pursue a career as an accounting technician or in financial management.

The program provides a thorough grounding in management accounting, business law, income tax, auditing, financial management, statistics, and microeconomics. You may also select an elective, based on the professional program you intend to pursue.

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

The program may be taken on a part-time basis over several years or on a full-time basis over three semesters. The course load of the full-time program is rigorous and requires above-normal effort and time to succeed.

The Administration certificate can also open the door to further studies to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration at UFV or earn a designation from a professional society. Check with their website for transfer information, as well as work experience and grade requirements.


The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada reports that accountants rank in the top five percent of all Canadian wage earners, with many of them occupying C-level executive positions.

With a UFV Accounting certificate, you can find employment with a range of employers, including:

  • Accounting firms
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Bookkeeping firms
  • Businesses
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Education institutions
  • Government offices
  • Insurance companies

Many opportunities also exist in this field for the self-employed. According to Statistics Canada, among professional services, accounting services showed the third-highest rate of self-employment, at 35.4%.


View the Accounting Certificate entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.


This program is open for international students


Apply to Qualifying Studies if you do not currently meet the BBA entry requirements in order to upgrade your qualifications for future admissions.

To meet the requirements of this program, you will need to meet the prerequisites for Calculus for Business (MATH 141) and Academic Writing (ENGL 105).

Upgrading Math courses

Upgrading options for math include completing two Introduction to College Math courses (MATH 094 and MATH 095) at a C+ grade or higher or, MATH 096. Please speak with a Qualifying Studies advisor to learn more about additional options.

Upgrading English courses

There are several options to upgrade your English, including UFV CMNS 099 or ENGL 099 with a grade of C or better, UFV ENGL 081 or 091 with a grade of C+ or better, or UFV ESL WG84 with a grade of C+ or better. Please speak with a Qualifying Studies advisor to learn more about additional options.


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