PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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The purpose of the Computerized Accounting and Office program is to provide students with the skills necessary to understand and apply the principles of accounting for proprietorships, partnerships and corporations in a computerized office environment.

Brighton College has partnered with the CPA (The Canadian Payroll Association), to deliver the PCP certification (Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification) from the Canadian Payroll Association. The structure of the certification consists of three accounting courses. Once the students pass these three exams, with the certificate application fee paid to CPA, the student becomes eligible for CPA/PCP certification. This payroll certification is issued once the student pays the membership fee. For more information regarding membership fee please visit http://www.payroll.ca/.

This 32 week diploma program is instructor-driven, allowing students to navigate quickly through accounting theory and software. The curriculum includes experiential lectures and workshops facilitated by accounting experts with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the field. The computerized accounting program also includes a work experience (practicum) at various small and mid-sized firms throughout the Lower Mainland. The successful completion of all 15 accounting courses (including the 4 weeks of practicum) is required for program graduation.

The program duration is 32 Weeks:
30 Weeks theory classes, 4 Weeks practicum

The theory class is 25 hours per week:
20 hours lecture & discussion, 5 hours self-study or tutorials (upon request)

Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) or mature student status;
  • Domestic: Grade 10 English or pass College English assessment; International student: IELTS 6.0 proof (or equivalent) or pass College English assessment

The Accounting Program is Accredited by:

CPA
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Entry-level Jobs
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Junior Accountant
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Tax Preparer
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Financial Clerk
  • Career Paths
  • Intermediate/Senior Accountant
  • CMA (Certified Management Accountant)
  • Tax Analyst
  • CGA (Certified General Accountant)
  • CA (Chartered Accountant)
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Credit Supervisor
  • Bank Clerks Supervisor

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The Computerized Accounting and Office program consists of 15 courses, which will be taught 5 hours per day, Monday through Friday, for a total of 25 hours. 14 of the 15 accounting courses are experiential classroom based lectures and workshops. The last course consists of 4 weeks of work experience / practicum, whereby each student will gain experience within various small and mid-sized businesses within the area.

BUS 100, 50 Hours | Business Communications
Students will practice business writing skills, applying the mechanics of style, developing proofreading and editing skills and using words effectively. They will apply verbal and non-verbal styles to a variety of business communications. The students will also practice career and interpersonal skills necessary for success in the workplace, such as conflict resolution and business etiquette. They will work in teams to examine administrative, ergonomic and efficiency functions of a business office.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Writing, Editing, Communicating, Co-operating, Adapting, Analytical Skills, Diplomacy
BAF 140, 75 Hours | Introduction to Accounting
This course introduces the students to the construction and interpretation of financial systems, records, reports and statements, including how vital accurate and complete financial data is for a business to ensure its ongoing success. This course is the first in a series of courses to build a solid base in accounting from both a practical and a theoretical perspective.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Calculating, Reporting, Problem Solving, Analytical Skills
BAF 150, 50 Hours | Financial Accounting
This course is a continuation of the work stated in the course of Introduction to Accounting. This course provides the students with the introduction to the construction and interpretation of financial systems, records, reports, statements including how vital accurate and complete financial data is for a business to ensure its ongoing success.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Calculating, Reporting, Problem Solving, Analytical Skills
CPA 050, 80 Hours | Payroll Compliance Legislation
Upon completion of Payroll Compliance Legislation, the student will have a thorough understanding of the compliance requirements. The student will be able to:

Describe payroll's objectives and stakeholders.
Identify an employer/employee relationship.
Apply federal and provincial legislation to payroll including:

The Canada Pension Plan
The Employment Insurance Act
The Income Tax Act
Employment Standards legislation
Worker's Compensation Acts
Quebec-specific legislation

Communicate the payroll compliance requirements to various stakeholders.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Legislative Knowledge, Application, Communications, Analytical Skills
CPA 100, 80 Hours | Payroll Fundamentals I
Upon completion of Payroll Fundamentals 1, the student will be able to:

Calculate regular individual pay.
Calculate non-regular individual pay.
Calculate termination payments.
Complete a Record of Employment (ROE).
Communicate all aspects of individual pay requirements to various stakeholders.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Critical Thinking, Accuracy, Calculating, Communicating, Reporting, Discretion
CPA 200, 80 Hours | Payroll Fundamentals II
Upon completion of Payroll Fundamentals 2, the student will be able to:

Calculate organizational remittances to federal, provincial and third party stakeholders.
Prepare accounting documentation for payroll.
Complete year end documentation.
Communicate all aspects of organizational remittances, accounting and year end requirements to internal, external and government stakeholders.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Critical Thinking, Accuracy, Calculating, Communicating, Analytical Skills, Planning
COM 200, 25 Hours | Microsoft Word
COM200, 210 & 220 introduce students to the most widely used office productivity software – Microsoft Office. Those courses explore three of the three major components of Office. In this particular module students learn about: using Word to create, edit, format, and manipulate documents in a professional manner, using Excel to create spreadsheets, perform calculations and print results, and using PowerPoint to deliver demonstrations, training, and presentations in a professional manner.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Writing, Editing
COM 210, 50 Hours | Microsoft Excel
COM200, 210 & 220 introduce students to the most widely used office productivity software – Microsoft Office. Those courses explore three of the three major components of Office. In this particular module students learn about: using Word to create, edit, format, and manipulate documents in a professional manner, using Excel to create spreadsheets, perform calculations and print results, and using PowerPoint to deliver demonstrations, training, and presentations in a professional manner.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Reporting, Calculating
COM 210, 25 Hours | Microsoft PowerPoint
COM200, 210 & 220 introduce students to the most widely used office productivity software – Microsoft Office. Those courses explore three of the three major components of Office. In this particular module students learn about: using Word to create, edit, format, and manipulate documents in a professional manner, using Excel to create spreadsheets, perform calculations and print results, and using PowerPoint to deliver demonstrations, training, and presentations in a professional manner.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Writing, Presentation Skills
CAC 200, 75 Hours | Sage 300 ACCPAC
ACCPAC for Windows is a very popular accounting software program, used by many small medium-sized businesses. The ACCPAC for Windows accounting system is comprised of many different modules that may be used independently or in conjunction with other modules. Three modules will be covered in this course - General Ledger and Financial Reporter, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Numeracy, Software Skills, Oral Communications, Problem Solving, Reporting
CAC 100, 75 Hours | Sage 50 Simply Accounting
Student will become familiar with the operation of the Simply Accounting program. This includes General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll. Students will end the course by setting up a company from scratch using the program.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Numeracy, Software Skills, Oral Communications, Problem Solving, Reporting
CAC 400, 60 Hours | QuickBooks Pro
This accounting program is designed for the small to mid-sized business. Students will learn how to set up a chart of accounts, reconcile the checking account, create and print invoices, receipts, and statements, track payables, inventory, and receivables, create estimates and generate reports.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Numeracy, Software Skills, Oral Communications, Problem Solving, Reporting
BUS 500, 25 Hours | Job Search
Job-hunting is serious business. To be successful, a job seeker will need to organize the job search like a business. He or she will need to treat the job search as a job. A good comprehensive job search is a full-time job in itself. A job seeker will need to discipline him / her to ensure that the job search actually happens and is fruitful

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Writing, Editing, Job Search Skills, Interview Skills
ACC 600, 4 Weeks | Work Experience/Practicum
The student will have the opportunity to integrate theory and skills learnt in the program with practical situation from the real world of finance. The purpose is to obtain relevant field experience prior to graduation and identify strengths prior to embarking on a new, exciting career.

Skills and Benefits Acquired - Communication, Workplace Skills, Situational Problem Solving
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" The program was intensive and provided me with the opportunity to learn a lot in short period of time. The classes were small and there was a lot of engagement and interaction with the teachers. "
Leon Li Brighton College Alumni

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