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Bookkeeping Certificate

Available at: Cornwall part-time | Kingston part-time | Online part-time


St. Lawrence College in cooperation with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping offers a program leading to a career as a professional bookkeeper. CIB is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to preparing you for greater financial and job security as a Certified Bookkeeper.

The Bookkeeping certificate program expands opportunities for individuals pursuing a career in bookkeeping. The program will provide the student with the skills and knowledge required to set up and maintain a complete set of books for a small to medium sized business. The required courses provide a thorough understanding of the technical knowledge and applications of general bookkeeping principles. Students progress through introductory, intermediate and advanced levels of bookkeeping.

Upon completion of all courses and the required practical experience, the student is then eligible to qualify for professional certification from the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). Go to for more information.

In order to earn the Certificate in Bookkeeping, you must successfully complete a total of eight (8) courses, six (6) compulsory and two (2) electives. 


  • For your convenience, some courses are offered both in-class and online.   Some online courses can be started at different times throughout the semester, just choose the course date that fits your schedule. 
  • The demand for part-time courses has increased to the point that we recommend you register early to ensure your acceptance into the course.
  • Online courses are easily identified by CS at the beginning of the course code (i.e. CSSE 65 Accounting Basics 1)
  • Textbooks and additional materials may be required for these courses. YOU are responsible for purchasing your textbooks and additional materials for all courses. Please make a note of your course code (CS##) and see the bottom of this page for book order procedure.

Visit the Online and Continuing Education catalogue for course details and to register.



Graduates from the program may find employment in entry level positions as accounting assistants, accounts receivable/payable, bookkeeper, administrative assistants, budget coordinators, and data entry clerks. 

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Program Name

Bookkeeping Certificate

Program Code




Start Dates

Program Duration


Location (Campus)

Cornwall part-time

Canadian Fees

International Fees

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline

Required (choose one)
CSSE 65 Accounting Basics 1
ACCT 1 Introductory Accounting I

Required (choose one)
CSSE 66 Accounting Basics 2
ACCT 2 Introductory Accounting II

CSGG 17 Computerized Accounting
CSLO 18 Computer 1 - Introduction to
CSDU 59 Payroll Administration
CSSL 68 Taxation I

Electives (choose two). *CSMO 23 and CSMO 19 taken together is equal to one elective.
CSAL 46 Introduction to E-Business
CSDU 4 Human Resources Management Principles
CSSL 43 Marketing 1
CSMO 23 ACCPAC Accounts Payable
CSMO 19 ACCPAC General Ledger
CSMO 219 ACCPAC Accounts Receivable and Payroll
CSCG 57 Cost and Managerial Accounting I
CSLO 151 Computers 2 - Introduction
CSDU 58 QuickBooks Introduction

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must hold an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.) or equivalent or must qualify for mature student status (19 years of age or older).


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


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    The C of Q had lots of procedure questions, what to do and when, and I found a lot of the questions involved turbines to some degree. There were a couple of questions involving troubleshooting a hydraulic system using a given schematic, and more than a couple of questions covering all aspects of vibration analysis. Here are some of the ideas that I remember seeing.
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    - Crane lift signals involving movement of the boom
    - Good old Pythagoras
    - Sling types and % of SWL (choker, basket)
    - Regular lifting vs. lifting people ratios
    - What to check on a crane if it starts to become out of alignment
    - What tool to use when checking continuity in an electric motor
    - F = A x P
    - Actuator problems in pneumatic circuit (erratic operation, how to fix 'hammer')
    - Proper placement of a sequencing valve in a hydraulic circuit
    - How and where to check pipe stresses after pump install
    - Procedure of motor install to existing pump
    - Procedure for drain/check/fill of a fan bearing
    - Possible cause of immediate bearing failure upon startup in a condensate pump after long shut down
    - Solution to vibration in turbine rotor
    - How many/which bearings to fix in a multi bearing system
    - Material handling rollers turning corners and weight ratios (4 rollers hold 30 tons, how much should 2 rollers be rated for)
    - Fan speed ratios (CFM/HP)
    - Alignment readings, figuring out where and how much to shim
    - Belt splice angles for belts on small diameter pulleys
    - Which way to face spring pin in roller chain when installing
    - Where to place vibration analysis equipment for couplings and closed gear boxes
    - Where unbalance and coupling misalignment shows in vibration readings
    - The difference between predictive and preventative maintenance and what each entail.
    I hope that some or all of this will help in preparing another squad for success. 
    Kevin Latocha

    Kevin Latocha

    Program Contact

    Melissa Longtin

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    Additional Information

    Online Book Order Procedure.

    Textbooks are also available at the Campus Bookstores for in-class courses.

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