Bookkeeping Certificate

Program Overview

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING COURSE NAME CHANGE: Simply Accounting (Sage 50) has been changed to Computerized Bookkeeping.

A Bookkeeping Certificate will provide you with a well-rounded understanding of the complete bookkeeping cycle, from how to set up a company through the full year’s business cycle for both a manual and computerized accounting systems.

This program is designed to train our future bookkeepers; the ground level accounting professional who can expertly analyze day-to-day transactions, and report them accurately within the accounting cycle. Bookkeepers manage the processing and tracking of all pertinent financial information to a business. They provide timely information to owners and managers for sound and informed decision-making. Since all businesses need to manage and organize their financial transactions, bookkeepers perform an essential role in every sector of the economy.

There are eight courses in this program which are offered to students in a part-time, evening delivery format. 

Students will generally complete the program requirements in two years, but are given a maximum time frame of three years from the date of first entry. 


Students admitted into this program are requested to have successful completion of the following with a minimum grade of C:

  • Communications 11 or equivalent
  • Math 10, Accounting 11, or equivalent

Applicants without proof of the Math or Engish above may write the SRA to meet admission requirements. Students looking to investigate this option should consult the Continuing Education Business Program Coordinator.

International students from a non-English speaking country must have a 6.0 IELTS score, or have successfully completed Level 4, English for Academic Purposes at CNC.

Applicants are recommended to have a strong working knowledge of personal computer applications and a keyboarding proficiency of at least 20 net words per minute.

Application process

  1. Submit a completed college application form and along with the $40 application fee. This can be done online, in person, by fax, or by mail.
  2. Official transcripts (demonstrating required program prerequisites) must be submitted - at the time of application is recommended.
  3. Upon acceptance, students can register for desired course(s) – availability on a first come, first serve basis.


Domstic students - $400 per course plus related student fees, EXCEPT FOR the following courses:

  • BOOK 113 - Computerized Bookkeeping Level 1: $364
  • BOOK 114 - Computerized Bookkeeping Level 2: $364
  • CESS 151 - Management Skills for Supervisors - Interpersonal Communication & Conflict Resolution: $592

Previous coursework credit

Students who have taken similar courses through CNC Continuing Education may be eligible to receive advance course credit up to a maximum of four courses. Students looking to investigate these options should consult a Community & Continuing Education Program Coordinator, 250-561-5846, to initiate a review.


Apply to this program by completing an online application form or by downloading and submitting the application form to the Admissions office. This program has a $40 non-refundable application fee.


For more information on this program email us or call us at (250) 561-5846. For registration information call (250) 561-5801 or email the registration desk.

Program info


  • Varies by course


  • $400-$592/course

Fees are approximate and may not include textbooks or materials.