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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


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2280

The two-semester Bookkeeping program at Centennial College allows you to earn a certificate that serves as 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 bookkeeper, accounts receivable/payable supervisor, payroll administrator and office manager.

Once you complete this program, you will also be eligible to transfer, with credits, into Centennial's two-or three-year Accounting programs to earn a diploma or advanced diploma.

Learning Outcomes

  • Complete bookkeeping functions within the accounting cycle including accounts receivables, payables, inventory, and payroll processing using relevant software and operating systems
  • Apply general accepted accounting principles to produce financial statements and reports for proprietorships, partnerships and corporations
  • Prepare individual income tax returns in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations using tax preparation software
  • Develop a plan to support the management needs of the bookkeeping function including planning, forecasting, budgeting, cost and revenue management
  • 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 1-E Progress Campus

Semester Note

Students with an English assessment score of 170/171 will take COMM170/171 in the first semester

Students with a MATH assessment score of less than 36/45 will be required to take MATH128 or MATH118 based on MATH assessment test. Additional fees may apply.
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

Semester Note

Minimum Program GPA of 2.0 (C Grade average) required to graduate.

Program Highlights

  • Many Bookkeeping classes are taught in a lab environment that is fully equipped with an integrated network of computer systems, allowing for practical and hands-on experience.
  • Courses are qualified for exemptions with the CIB.
  • The program is a short, intensive eight-month training.
  • In addition to Bookkeeping course topics, you receive an overview of other business functions in an organization allowing you to acquire effective business communication skills.
  • Knowledgeable and approachable faculty members have industry 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 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 For more information go to 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

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

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 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

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