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 www.cibcb.com 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.
Introductory Accounting is intended to provide an overview of financial accounting. Canadian generally accepted accounting principles are used as the foundation to complete the accounting cycle, perform the adjusting process and prepare financial statements for both service and merchandising entities. Additional topics also include payroll, petty cash and bank reconciliations.
This course continues to introduce students to both the principles and practices of financial accounting. Further training in accounting systems and the preparation, analysis, and interpretation of a basic set of financial statements is provided. Students gain skills in the ability to report a variety of business transactions to users of financial statements. Topics include special journals, subsidiary ledgers, accounts receivable and uncollectible accounts, notes receivable, inventory, current liabilities, capital assets, and accounting for partnerships and corporations.
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 1
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).
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.
Sara Barrie, Program Officer (OntarioLearn)
613.345.0660 (B), 613.933.6080 (C) or 613.544.5400 (K) ext. 3172
Contact a member of our recruitment team
1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting
International Students Contact
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514