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Brighton’s Accounting Training Programs are developed to provide you in-depth coverage of the skills and knowledge required to work in Canadian financial offices. You will become familiar with today’s most popular computerized accounting software (including QuickBooks and Sage 50, formerly Simply Accounting).

Computerized Accounting and Office Diploma

Computerized Accounting and Office

34 Weeks, 4-week practicum

Summary of Accounting

As a National Payroll Institute (formerly Canadian Payroll Association) Certified Partner, Brighton College offers quality programs in accounting. Providing in-depth coverage of Canadian payroll and accounting principles, our accounting and payroll programs assist students in enhancing the skills and knowledge required to work in Canadian financial offices. Business Accounting Program participants will become familiar with today’s most popular computerized accounting software (including QuickBooks and Sage 50, formerly Simply Accounting).

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The Industry

The accounting industry is an excellent career choice for detail-oriented students who enjoy working with numbers and are looking to join a field with strong financial prospects. In 2016, the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services industry generated 18.8 billion in operating revenue, up 3.4% from 2015 (StatCan, 2016). There is also a significant demand for accounting professionals in British Columbia. Between 2017 and 2027 in BC province, there are a combined 16,490 job openings forecasted for accounting/related clerks and accounting technicians/bookkeepers, with an additional 1,690 job openings anticipated for payroll clerks (BC Labour Market Outlook: 2017 Edition). All types of organizations, from private corporations to public institutions and non-profits, need accountants to manage budgeting, auditing, financial processing, invoicing, and payroll.

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The National Payroll Institute

Brighton College has partnered with the National Payroll Institute (NPI) to deliver the Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certification (PCP). The NPI’s PCP certification is the foundation for a career in payroll. Gain an in-depth understanding of the legislative requirements to keep your organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle. When you get certified, you join a growing community of supportive professionals and gain access to the resources you need to stay current and compliant.

PCP certification requires three core courses, one transfer of credit and one year of weighted, related work experience. Please see the requirements in completion order listed below.

  • Payroll Compliance Legislation
  • Payroll Fundamentals 1
  • Payroll Fundamentals 2
  • Introduction to Accounting (required transfer of credit; offered at Brighton College)
  • PCP Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) (a minimum of one year work experience in payroll is a requirement for certification)

All courses, including the Introduction to Accounting transfer of credit, require a passing grade of 65% in order to be accepted toward PCP certification.

For more information, visit or e-mail the Certification department at


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"I decided to attend Brighton College because of the short and helpful program options. I could save a lot of time getting my degree. The classes are small, so I had more chances to discuss with the instructors and classmates. People are very friendly and fun here. Felt like a family. I am glad to say I was happy here and I know my decision to study here was right."

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Mary Jean Amaza 

"Before attending Brighton, I took Bachelor of Science in Accounting in the Philippines. I worked in accounting and then shifted into caregiving. Challenge in our country and hard to find a job that pays well. I liked the environment; I was treated as a friend and family. Everyone was approachable. You can always see a smile on their faces. Instructors were very helpful. I have learned a lot and [the experience] made me confident." 

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