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If you’re organized and good with numbers, you’re a good candidate for a Business Administration or Accounting career. Start training today!

11 Month* Hands-On Business Administration Training Program

To work in any office environment today, you need business and administration skills. To be even more competitive, you can specialize. One of your best options, if you choose to pick an area of specialization, is Accounting.

The ideal person for this program is someone with a mind for numbers, obviously, and strong organizational skills. But even if you’re not the most organized person in the world yet, don’t worry. Many of our courses will help you develop those skills. Read below to learn more about the program.

Focus on your goal and we’ll get you the skills you need to make it a reality.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete this program will be qualified to pursue self-employment, or find employment in a variety of accounting and office positions such as:

  • Accounting Assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Payroll Practitioners

  • Office Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Supervisor
  • Administrative Assistant
  • and more!

Who Will Benefit from the Program?

Actually, most people have a lot to gain from taking this program. Former students returning to school, anyone who wants to pursue higher education, adult learners with families, working individuals who wish to enhance their career prospects, and people who wish to start their own businesses.


In the Business Administration Skills with Accounting Specialization program, students will specialize in manual accounting, computerized accounting, payroll, and computer technology. Students will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to manage an office or create and manage their own small business.

The specific aims of the program are to:

  • Communicate and use the knowledge of computer hardware and software programs
  • Work efficiently in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, Email, Sage 50 Accounting, QuickBooks, Taxation and Payroll
  • Develop the skills to create powerful presentations with graphs, tables, and embedded graphics
  • Understand the accounting concepts by doing the books manually
  • Develop the administrative skills needed to work in today’s workforce
  • Develop interpersonal communications and office skills
  • Set up books for small businesses and complete the accounting cycle

Graduates will be able to perform accounting duties such as:

  • Analyzing and journaling
  • Preparing financial statements
  • Completing accounting cycle
  • Month-end and year-end preparations and adjustments
  • Banking and reconciliations
  • Handling accounts receivable/payable duties
  • Inventory control duties
  • Payroll duties
  • Handling bad debt
  • Month-end duties
  • Year-end procedures
  • Keeping records
  • Back up and restoration of files


  • Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent Canadian qualification OR relevant experience or mature students
  • In the case of students from non-English-speaking countries/territories, students will have to demonstrate their English proficiency at a minimum IELTS Band level of 6.0 or equivalent. (In a case where a prospective student has no proof of English proficiency or an English proficiency level below IELTS Band 6.0, that student will be required to take the Focus College ESL “Crash Course”)


Review our program pricing for full details.

Scholarships and other financing options are available for qualified candidates.


“Intro to Windows and the Internet”

This course includes training in computer technology, navigating in Windows environment, computer terminology, customizing desktop, using accessories, windows explorer, and file management. Adequate emphasis is given to the practice and use of internet, browsers, search engines, net meeting or seminars, discussion groups or forums, use of whiteboards, synchronous and asynchronous conversations, and electronic mail.

“Word Processing: Word Levels 1 & 2”

This course teaches in depth how to create different kinds of business documents using a variety of core and intermediate skills such as letters, memos, forms, newsletters and reports. Students will develop the ability to work with graphics, illustrations, tables, references, columns, building blocks, merging and more.

“Spreadsheets: Excel Levels 1 & 2”

Microsoft Excel teaches how to work with spreadsheets using a variety of core and intermediate features to create and edit professional-looking spreadsheets for a variety of purposes and situations. It covers many popular scientific and math formulas, “IF” functions, charts and illustrations, pivot tables, pictures and shapes, headers and footers, multiple worksheets, and themes.

“Presentations: PowerPoint”

This Microsoft PowerPoint course covers basic and advanced topics needed to create and manage powerful and effective presentations. Topics include: design principles, charts and tables, slide masters, animations, multimedia elements, and delivery of presentations.

“Database Management: Access”

Students learn the basics of database management using Access. The course covers creating databases through tables and forms. Other topics covered are creating queries, reports, advanced queries, forms using controls, and sharing and exporting data.

“Personal Information Manager: Outlook”

Microsoft Outlook as a personal information management program teaches how to communicate using email, how to set appointments, and keep track of contacts. It also includes features such as calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking, journal, and web browsing.

“Business Communications”

This course is designed to review basic grammar, vocabulary, and mechanics of writing. It is filled with insights into improving one’s written business communications. Students will be required to complete a variety of business documents including letters, memos, minutes and reports. Students will discover what it takes to make every written word and document.

“Business Math”

This course covers basic arithmetic operations and business math problems.  Students will learn to perform basic mathematical operations and those used in business, including calculation of interest, discounts, mark-ups and inventory calculations.

“Office Procedures”

This course covers basic skills needed to work in today’s office including handling mail, front-line reception, arranging meetings and conferences, making travel arrangements, along with time management and coordination of multiple tasks. Students learn skills in file management, ergonomics and office management.

“Organizational Behaviours”

This course introduces students to the meaning of organizational behaviour.

Individual Differences and Their Relevance to Work (perception, personality and values, learning, reinforcement and self-management, engagement of employees in the workplace)

Managing the Organization (changing worlds and the design of work, organizational structure and design, organizational culture)

People, Processes and Performance (groups and teams, leadership, power, politics and decision making in organizations, communication, conflict and negotiation in organizations, and organizational change)


This course is designed to develop keyboarding skills, focusing on speed and accuracy. Students type using the Mavis typing tutor program to gain speed and reduce mistakes. 40 wpm is required to complete the program.



“College Accounting Levels 1 & 2”

College Accounting gives solid coverage of accounting concepts and principles. It establishes a foundation of accounting procedures within the traditional framework of a proprietorship accounting cycle, then builds on the framework as it examines additional methods of accounting for asset, liability and equity accounts. It also focuses on payroll procedures, tax responsibilities, special journals, banking procedures, financial statements, GST/HST payment, bad debts and completing the accounting cycle for a merchandising company.

“Sage 50 Accounting Level 1 & 2”

Sage50 software will be used to complete the accounting cycle using all modules (general, payable, receivable, inventory, payroll and project costing). Students will learn to analyze, journalize, and post the daily financial transactions using Sage. They will be able to produce the financial statements, do the month-end and year-end procedures.

“QuickBooks Levels 1 & 2”

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have learned accounting basics, introduction to QuickBooks, setting up chart of accounts, creating items, entering transactions for incoming funds, entering transactions for outgoing funds, maintaining financial information and working with reports. Students will complete an accounting cycle using QuickBooks, perform adjustments, month-end and year-end procedures for small businesses

“Payroll Principles”

This course is designed to educate the students with the basic rules and procedures for calculating payroll and payroll deductions. The course is focusing on both manual and computerized payroll calculations.

“Canadian Taxation”

This course is designed to teach students the basics of taxation and promote financial literacy. It introduces students to Canada’s tax system and teaches them about the rights and responsibilities of taxpayers, and how to prepare a simple income tax and benefit return.

“Accounting Ethics & Integrity”

In this course students focus on ethics in an accounting profession. Instruction covers the code of ethics and integrity standards in accounting organizations. An awareness and importance of adhering to the ethics is further developed.

“Office Simulation Project”

Students are challenged with real-life situations in accounting to complete the full cycle of accounting either using QuickBooks or Sage 50.

“Job Search & Entrepreneurial Skills”

This course gives an overview of the skills required for self-employment. Instruction covers registration of a business in Canada, forms of business, components of a business plan, market research & marketing techniques, writing proposals and expressions of interest, marketing tools, and mission statements. This course further gives an overview of skills required for self-employment,  instruction covers orientation of job skills, training required in the new millennium, job interview skills, resume writing, cover letters, and references.

“Final Project”

Final project is an overview and demonstration of all the skills students have learned in the program. They have to complete the project giving evidence and illustrations of the skills and tools they have learned. In addition, they have to give details about the project and how they benefited from it.


  • This program is offered at the Kelowna and Surrey campuses
  • Students are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the program
  • Approximately 3–4 hours/week of self-study is required from students to be successful in this program
  • In order to graduate, students must pass all units through the program with a grade of C or higher

The following supplies are required:

  • IBM-compatible computer with a minimum of 8 GB hard drive, 1 GB Ram
  • Windows 10
  • Office 2016
  • Sage 50 Accounting Software
  • QuickBooks Software


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*Program length when completed in normal time.