- Ontario College Certificate
- College Code:
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
About the ProgramThis program provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform effectively in entry-level bookkeeping positions in business and industry. The program focuses on day-to-day operational bookkeeping and managerial accounting in a computerized business environment.
The program features a unique, flexible delivery designed to enhance student success. Courses are delivered in a modular format organized in weeks. During the first seven weeks students will complete three courses, followed by a Student Success Week. In the final seven weeks of the semester, students will complete four courses. The second semester of the program is delivered in a similar way. This unique, delivery format benefits students by maintaining focus on fewer courses at a time rather than 6-7 courses in a common full-semester delivery format.
Upon completion of the certificate, students are eligible to receive credit for eight of the nine courses required by the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). Three years of relevant bookkeeping experience are also required for the Certified Bookkeeper designation. For more details, visit Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Certificate program (also available part-time)
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 - Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 45 September, 25 January
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Mature students must demonstrate their potential to work at the post-secondary level in one of two ways:
- by successfully completing equivalency testing in English; or
- by completing a program of academic upgrading at a level appropriate to the program of choice.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates will be prepared for employment in small business, as well as entry-level positions in medium- and large-sized corporations.
67% of 2014-2015 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $31,390.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|ACCT1030||Introductory Financial Accounting I
Description: This course introduces accounting terminology, the accounting equation, the double-entry system of bookkeeping, the accrual basis of accounting, financial statements, and the ledgers and journals making up a basic accounting system.
|ACCT1040||Introductory Financial Accounting II
Description: This course teaches introductory information on principles and methods used in accounting for current assets, long-term assets, long-term liabilities and equity accounts for both partnership and corporate business structures.
Description: This course will explore the fundamentals of project management in order to provide the student with a foundation in this discipline. Through discussion and application, students will learn the tools and techniques used to successfully manage projects. Students will gain hands on experience using Microsoft Excel for project planning and management applications.
Description: Studying people and organizations, this course examines the behaviour of individuals working alone or in teams. Using actual examples, this course examines how behavioural factors affect organizational effectiveness. Note: This course is an approved
|COMM1085||College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
|COMP1917||Word Processing for Business
Description: During this course, the student will learn to effectively use the Windows operating system and develop the skills necessary to operate effectively within the Conestoga College computing environment. Students will apply word processing techniques to create business-related documents and create a basic business presentation. An emphasis will be placed on the creation of documents commonly found in an office environment.
|COMP1923||Spreadsheets for Business
Description: During this course, the student will learn to effectively use the Windows operating system and develop the skills necessary to operate effectively within the Conestoga College computing environment. Students will explore the power of spreadsheets to produce an assortment of formatted business worksheets. An emphasis will be placed on the creation of functions and formulas to produce data for analyses and to display the results graphically with charts.
|ACCT1110||Introduction To Payroll Administration
Description: Recommended: ACCT1030 Introductory Financial Accounting I or equivalent knowledge. Teaching the skills to process payroll for employees, this course teaches students various government forms associated with payroll deduction and reporting. Students will also make payroll calculations. Payroll legislation associated will also be covered.
|ACCT1135||Introductory Cost Accounting
Description: The course introduces the primary concepts of cost accounting with emphasis on the cost of products and services, and the structure of job-order cost systems.
|ACCT1520||Personal Tax Returns
Description: This introductory course is designed to provide the knowledge required to prepare Canadian Income Tax Returns (T1). We will cover sources of income, deductions, credits and the calculation of tax. Successful completion of this course will allow you to be employed as a tax preparer for income tax specialty firms or prepare your own tax return.
|ACCT1550||Advanced Personal Tax Returns
Description: This advanced level course will expand on the topics presented in Personal Tax Returns. Topics covered will include tax treatment of capital gains and losses; self-employment income and expenses; rental income and expenses; employment expenses and various types of investments, including foreign property.
|ACCT2225||Accounting Applications I
Description: Through the use of Sage 50 (formerly known as Simply Accounting) and QuickBooks students will learn how to use two popular accounting software packages for use in small and medium size businesses. In the Sage 50 component of the course they will become familiar with computer accounting for applications such as Chart of Accounts, General Journal, General Ledger, Sales, Purchases, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payments, Receipts, Reconciliations, Payroll, Inventory, Vendor files, Customer files, Employee files and company setup. In the QuickBooks component of the course they will become familiar with computer accounting for applications such as Chart of Accounts, Writing Cheques, Sales Receipts, General Journal, General Ledger and company setup.
|MATH1010||Business Mathematics I
Description: The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a mathematical basis for personal and business financial decisions through four instructional modules. The course stresses business applications using arithmetic, algebra, ratio-proportion and graphing. Applications include payroll, cost-volume-profit analysis and merchandising mathematics. This course stresses logical reasoning and problem solving skills. A Texas Instrument BAII “Plus” calculator is required for the course.
- Apply bookkeeping practices and procedures related to financial reporting, analysis and control.
- Apply payroll record-keeping practices and procedures forming part of a human resource management system.
- Utilize the knowledge, skills and abilities required in successful business practice with a primary focus on financial administration.
- Apply computer practices and techniques, especially as these pertain to cash, accounts receivable, capital assets and inventories;
- Use a variety of accounting and related software packages competently.
- Apply knowledge of the Canadian income tax system, for the accurate preparation of payroll remittances and accurate information for T4 preparation.
- Apply the techniques of business mathematics to business processes.
- Maintain traditional and automated record control systems.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing in a business environment.
- Complete all work in accordance with business ethics and with regard for corporate responsibility.
Program Advisory CommitteesThe College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
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