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4 required courses (66 hours)


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Complete in 4 months, or up to 2 years

Accounting software programs help you record and report financial transactions in an organization.

Learn the basics of computerized accounting in this short, flexible certificate that provides benefits to your business and personal pursuits. Build your bookkeeping skills to support your small business or acquire accounting techniques that are valued in any office setting. Experienced instructors lead your learning in our on-campus computer labs. Take individual courses as they suit your needs or complete the certificate to demonstrate your competencies to an employer.

Learn basic bookkeeping concepts and explore the terminology needed to effectively use software such as QuickBooks and Simply Accounting (Sage 50). Gain a greater understanding of accounting features, including accounts payable and receivable, the accounting cycle and financial reporting. Learn more about data entry, cash flows, sales tax, inventory adjustments, tracking expenses and sending invoices.

Apply your learning in a practical exercise by setting up a fictitious company and completing transactions and procedures involved in an accounting cycle. Once you have foundational knowledge, increase your scope by practicing handling inventory adjustments, customizing the payroll journal, creating fiscal year comparative reports and more.


Highlights and benefits

Earn a recognized credential | Enhance your career prospects

Become career-ready | Prepare for a career in accounting or support your small business needs

Real-world knowledge | Learn from experienced industry professionals

Gain hands-on experience | Demonstrate workplace competencies to potential employers



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Consider our Microsoft Excel Certificate of Completion to strengthen your skills in accounting. This program includes introductory, intermediate and advanced-level Excel courses.

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Course schedule by semester

(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
Accounting Principles for Computers CL CL CL
Simply Accounting CL CL  
Simply Accounting (Sage 50), Level 2 CL CL  
10004 QuickBooks Level 1 CL CL CL



BL: Blended (Online & Classroom)
CL: Classroom
FT: Fast Track
ON: Online
IDS: Independent Study
P: Practicum

This schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration is available in June; Winter schedule and registration is available in November; and Spring/Summer schedule and registration is available in March.



Additional Details


Minimum required

4 Course(s)

Complete four required courses to earn your certificate of completion.

Courses in this certificate can be taken in any order.

Funding opportunities

This program qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant and other funding opportunities. Learn more.

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