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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 bookstore in-person or online: Peterborough Bookstore or Lindsay Bookstore.


Certificates must be completed within five years. Once you have completed all certificate requirements, please contact us again for your official certification.

Courses in Small Business Accounting Certificate (Online)

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Mandatory Courses (Online)

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. Pre-requisite: Accounting Basics 1. Supplied software used in this course is available for PCs only.

Computerized Accounting/Sage 50 (ACCT047)

Learn to use a multi-module accounting software program designed for small to medium-size businesses. You will apply your existing knowledge accounting principles to create and maintain accounting records, including period end procedures and the creation of financial statements for sole proprietorships in a computerize accounting system. Recommended: An introductory accounting course or bookkeeping/accounting experience. Software: Sage 50 (Formerly Simply Accounting) . Course textbook includes a trial version of Sage 50 software.

Cost and Managerial Accounting I (ACCT085)

Study managerial accounting concepts and terminology including the elements of a job costing system, the application of cost-volume-profit analysis the application of relevant costs to special decisions, including how they fit with the preparation of master budgets. Recommended: Previous accounting courses or a background in accounting/bookkeeping.

Electives (3 Required)

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 Computerized Payroll. Pre-requisite: Accounting Basics 1.

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 version 7 through 10, any Microsoft Office version 2013 or 2016. Not suitable for MAC operating systems.

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 2013/2016 Core (COMP221)

Learn to produce powerful, professional spreadsheets and graphics. Create, edit, format and print spreadsheets. Learn how to use sorting, charts, formulas and functions to facilitate your marketing, budgeting and projecting needs. Course material covers Excel 2013 and 2016. Microsoft Excel Expert (advanced) COMP 164 also available. This course is designed for the Windows operating system. Not suitable for MAC users.

Microsoft Word 2013 Specialist (COMP220)

Learn to create, edit, format and print documents. Use paragraph, page and character formatting commands. Create multiple page documents with tables and desktop publishing using MS Word. Software: Microsoft Word 2013. Microsoft Word Expert (advanced) COMP 196 also available. This course is designed for the Windows operating system. Not suitable for MAC users.

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