Certificate in Bookkeeping Program (Live Online)

  • Format:

    (Live Online)

  • Duration:

    240 hours

  • Application Fee:

    $200 (Domestic)

    $300 (International)

  • Tuition Fee:

    $3,450 (Domestic)

    $4,485 (International)

Start Date

Live Online

Full Time: November 23, 2020 – February 20, 2021

Part Time: January 12, 2021 – August 10, 2021




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Program Overview

The Certificate in Bookkeeping Program provides students with a thorough understanding of bookkeeping techniques and practices, and their application in both manual and computerized environments.

Emphasis is placed on the development of bookkeeping skills through the use of practical, hands-on training techniques. The Certificate in Bookkeeping program is offered in both in-class and LIVE Online formats.

The program is designed to help individuals improve their knowledge and skills in Canadian bookkeeping. It is suitable for students with no prior bookkeeping experience, and also for those who are currently working in a bookkeeping role and are looking for further professional development.

CBA Accreditation

Ashton’s Certificate in Bookkeeping Program is accredited by the Canadian Bookkeepers Association (CBA). Graduates of this program can apply for a CBA membership to become Registered Professional Bookkeepers with the association. The CBA is a national non-profit association established in 2003. The CBA advances bookkeeping professionals in Canada and furthers the bookkeeping industry.

Course Descriptions

CB 01: Microcomputer Applications Software (36 hours)

This introductory course emphasizes computer concepts, Internet skills, e-mail skills and software packages that enhance effective business communications. This course is taught using Microsoft Office software: Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets), PowerPoint (presentations), and Access (databases). This course assumes no prior knowledge and will benefit a novice user.

CB 02: Financial Accounting (44 hours)

This course provides an overview of the financial reporting process. It concentrates on the recording process and the production of financial statements. Perfect for non-accounting majors, accounting topics are presented in small, manageable segments, using clear language and visuals. The course introduces simple tools to allow students to analyze financial information and explain the information contained in the financial statements in their future roles as managers, investors or other users of financial accounting information.

CB 03: Computerized Bookkeeping 1 (40 hours)

Prerequisites: Students must pass and complete CB 02 before moving to CB 03 or CB 04.

This course is designed to introduce students to Sage 50 Accounting. Highlights include an overview of the interface followed by a detailed look at creating a company, defining company settings and entering historical data. Coverage of the core modules in Sage 50 Accounting and the most common transactions, periodic processing and reporting are also discussed. Students will have an overview of the setup and use of payroll and inventory, followed by a detailed look at how to use projects, time slips and time and billing, budgets, multicurrency and departmental accounting. This is followed by a look at advanced reporting, database management, year-end, customizing forms and concludes with the topic of users and security.

CB 04: Computerized Bookkeeping 2 (32 hours)

Prerequisites: Students must pass and complete CB 02 before moving to CB 03 or CB 04.

This course is an introduction to QuickBooks. It provides hands-on instruction regarding how to set up QuickBooks for small businesses. This course will teach students how to use many of the features available in QuickBooks. Participants will learn about the types of information they need to track in their business and will become familiar with the most common tasks required, as well as the more advanced functions of the software.

CB 05: Cost Accounting (32 hours)

This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of fundamental cost accounting techniques for use in a manufacturing and service environment. Emphasis is placed on product/service cost determination using job order systems, process costing systems and standard cost practices. Budget topics are also addressed.

CB 06: Taxation (28 hours)

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the Income Tax Act and regulations to determine the income tax liability as it applies mainly to individuals and businesses. The course allows students to learn how to prepare a simple tax return for an individual resident of Canada and to use the knowledge gained from this course to solve problems relating to the taxation of individuals who are residents and non-residents in Canada. Students will also study GST and HST.

CB 07: Payroll Administration (32 hours)

The course offers a comprehensive and practical approach to federal and provincial legislation relating to the payroll function. This course provides an overview of the requirements for processing payroll calculations and administering the payments to employees, government agencies and other parties in compliance with laws, regulations and contractual arrangements.

Students will learn how to prepare hourly, salaried and commission payroll. They will also learn payroll law, record maintenance, paycheck and statement preparation, and T4 preparation. They will gain a better understanding of how current source deduction rules affect payroll preparation. WCB, Revenue Canada Taxation, Records of Employment and Stats Canada reporting, as well as Employment Standards are also covered in this course.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the requirements of our Admissions Policy.

NOTE: Applicants who are unable to access our existing English Language Proficiency testing options due to test centre closures, we have made special temporary arrangements to accept the result of the Duolingo Online Test. Please refer to this memorandum for further information. 

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses Adobe Connect and Schoology to help instructors and students connect and collaborate online. Students should have regular access to a computer, laptop or smartphone to access the class materials.

To be able to participate in webinars, students would need a webcam and headset, or a microphone and headphones, along with a high-speed internet connection. To view the technical requirements for Schoology, please click here and to view the technical requirements for Adobe Connect, please click here.

Please run a test to ensure whether your device can run Adobe Connect. You may be required to install the Adobe Connect add-in. If that’s the case, you will receive instructions to do so when you access a meeting for the first time. It is mandatory to run a Diagnostic Test to join an Adobe Connect meeting on a computer. The Diagnostic Test ensures that your computer and network connections are verified.

Adobe Connect mobile app is only available on Android devices and iOS. Recorded sessions are not accessible via the mobile device app, so students will need to use a desktop/laptop to view the recorded sessions.


LIVE Online

Full Time:

  • November 23, 2020 – February 20, 2021
    • Students must devote at least 20 hours per week to attending webinars, seminars, and laboratories online.
    • Webinars are held Monday to Friday from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort.

Part Time:

  • January 12, 2021 – August 10, 2021
    • Students must devote at least 10 hours per week to attending webinars, seminars, and laboratories online.
    • Webinars are held Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort.


Tuition fees for this program are due and payable 2 weeks prior to the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided that they produce documents before the cohort start date.

All formats of the program are eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and bank financing. However, students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and are advised to contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.

Application and tuition fees for this program are as follows:

  • Application fee: $200 (Domestic Students) or $300 (International Students)
  • Tuition fee (Domestic): $3,450
  • Tuition fee (International): $4,485

Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of the required textbooks.

This program was reviewed and approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

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