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Bookkeeping Certificate

Available at: 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  CIB course equivalency chart or visit 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 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. 

Program Name

Bookkeeping Certificate

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Start Dates


Program Duration


Location (Campus)

Online part-time

Canadian Fees

See registration link above.

International Fees

See registration link above.

Additional Costs


Scholarships and Bursaries


Program Outline

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

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

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

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    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



    I thoroughly enjoyed my time at SLC and made lifetime friends while there and found my chosen career; being provided with the opportunity to participate in two CSC Field Placements gave me a foot in the door. It is an excellent school and the BST program is amazing!

    Lynn Gravelle

    Program Contact

    Sara Barrie, Program Officer (OntarioLearn)

    Admissions Information

    Connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:

    International Students Contact:

    Additional Information

    Online Book Order Procedure.

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

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