Bookkeeping

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Program Code: 2906

School: School of Business

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Progress Campus

Email: business@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2280

Earn a Bookkeeping Certificate at Centennial College in just two-semesters the program will provide a pathway to the Certified Bookkeeper designation with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). Membership in the CIB opens the door to a variety of positions including bookkeepers, accounts receivable/payable supervisors, payroll administrators, and office managers.

Graduates of this program are eligible to transfer with credits, into Centennial’s two-or three-year accounting programs to earn an Accounting diploma – advanced diploma. Courses from this program are qualified for exemptions with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeepers (CIB).

Learning Outcomes

  1. Complete bookkeeping functions within the accounting cycle including accounts receivables, payables, inventory, and payroll processing using relevant software and operating systems.
  2. Apply general accepted accounting principles to produce financial statements and reports for proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.
  3. Prepare individual income tax returns in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations using tax preparation software.
  4. Develop a plan to support the management needs of the bookkeeping function including planning, forecasting, budgeting, cost and revenue management.
  5. Use spreadsheet and database programs, including Excel and Access, to create and produce reports for business analysis, identification of trends and decision-making.
Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-112 Financial Accounting 1 Progress Campus
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Progress Campus
COMP-106 Applied Business Software 1 Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
HRMT-318 Payroll Progress Campus
MATH-119 Mathematics of Finance Part 2 Progress Campus

Semester Note

Please note, students who score 36/45 or higher will be exempted from MATH-128 and 118 and will take MATH-119.
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-150 Small Business Software Progress Campus
ACCT-221 Financial Accounting 2 Progress Campus
ACCT-222 Management Accounting 1 Progress Campus
ACCT-226 Taxation 1 Progress Campus
ACCT-228 Accounting Microcomputer Applications 1 Progress Campus
COMP-126 Applied Business Software 2 Progress Campus

Program Highlights

Many classes are taught in a lab environment which is fully equipped with an integrated network of computer systems.

  • Courses are qualified for exemptions with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeepers (CIB)
  • The program is short, intensive eight-month training
  • Practical hands-on experience in modern microcomputer labs is provided
  • You will gain effective business communication skills
  • An overview of other business functions in an organization is provided
  • Knowledgeable and approachable faculty members have business experience

Career Outlook

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts receivable
  • Accounts payable
  • Accounting clerk

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $950.00 $3,717.00
International $12,400.00 $2,145.00 $14,545.00