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Small Business Accounting Certificate (Online)

Program Highlights

This certificate gives you a skillset that includes the day-to-day financial operations tasks carried out by small- to medium-sized businesses. It has been developed in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB).

Is This You?

This career is ideal for those with an eye for detail and organization, a good grasp of mathematics and basic computer use, as well as a professional attitude toward business processes.

Career Prospects

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable/Payable
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Salary Administrations
  • Freelance Bookkeeper
  • Tax Preparation
  • Manage your own home business
  • Work in wholesale, service or retail industries

Some courses require additional textbooks and/or materials. Please visit your campus store in-person or online: Peterborough Campus Store or Lindsay Campus Store.

You have 5 years to complete the requirements of your certificate. Once you have completed all certificate requirements, please complete this form to request a Certificate audit.

Courses in Small Business Accounting Certificate (Online)

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Accounting Basics 1 (ACCT038)

Focus on recording business transactions, preparing financial statements, end-of-period adjustments, accounting for merchandising firms, accounts receivable, cash management and an introduction to financial ratios. Software requirements: Microsoft Word and Excel

Accounting Basics 2 (ACCT039)

Delve into receivables, capital assets, current and long-term liabilities, corporations, partnerships, statement of cash flow and financial statement analysis. Pre-requisites: Accounting Basics 1. Software requirements: Microsoft Word and Excel.

Taxation I (FINA003)

This introduction to federal income tax in a Canadian setting examines employment income, business income, income from property, investment income and capital gains. Personal tax returns for individuals will be completed both manually and using a tax preparation software program. Required: Strong fundamental accounting skills as these will not be reviewed for this course. Supplied software used in this course is available for PCs only.

QuickBooks Online 1 (COMP283)

QuickBooks Online is a cloud-based accounting software program. You will learn the difference between QuickBooks Pro and QuickBooks Online before utilizing program features such as tracking and communicating with customers, invoicing, supplier management, profitability analysis, payroll, HST management and reporting, as well as 3rd party application integration. As this course introduces you to computerized accounting, you will need experience with basic computer operations and bookkeeping principles before registering. A trial version of the software will be downloaded as part of the course.

Cost and Managerial Accounting I (ACCT085)

This course introduces managerial accounting concepts and terminology including the elements of a job costing system, the application of cost-volume-profit analysis, and the application of job order costing, process costing, and activity-based costing. Recommended: Previous accounting courses or a background in accounting/bookkeeping.

Electives - choose 3

Payroll Administration (MGMT024)

Learn all facets of payroll administration, such as maintaining payroll records, salaried, hourly, commission and contract workers taxable benefits, deductions preparation of payroll journal entries, preparation of Record of Employment, preparation of T4's and T4 Summary, Workers' Compensation, Employment Standards, and validate the use of Computerized Payroll.

Computers I - Introduction (COMP239)

Familiarize yourself with your computer's hardware and software. Topics include file management, security risks, utility programs, various web browsers and cloud services, and the basics of using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Software required: Windows, Microsoft Office 2016, 2019 or 365. MAC users will not be supported in this course. Version 2013 no longer supported.

Small Business Financial Management (MGMT107)

Advance from an accounting technician or a financial specialist to a role as entrepreneur, acting as a general manager. Emphasis is on developing a broad understanding of those accounting and financial management concepts and terminologies which will serve you in the course of starting and operating a small business.

Microsoft Excel Core (COMP221)

Learn to use Microsoft Excel to create and format spreadsheets in order to analyze data and make more informed business decisions. You will discover how to create, edit, format and print workbooks; use mathematical formulas and functions; create and format charts and shapes; insert images; cut, copy and paste data. Software: Excel 2016, 2019 or 365. Not suitable for MAC users.

QuickBooks Online II (COMP297)

This advanced QuickBooks Online Level 2 course addresses the needs of those who desire a deeper look at QuickBooks extended capabilities as well as cloud application possibilities . In addition to reviewing the skills and knowledge required for daily small business accounting needs, students will learn how to streamline processes and support their accounting records for tax and audit purposes. Students will learn about QuickBooks Accountant connections, examine various integration applications to streamline processes, meet specialized business needs, and take a deeper look at the QuickBooks Reporting Centre and how it supports business performance analysis.

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