Bookkeeping (BKKP)



Cambrian College, in cooperation with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB), offers a program through Continuing Education for the part-time student leading to a career as a professional bookkeeper. CIB is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preparing men and women for greater financial job security as a Certified Bookkeeper.

The program consists of theory and hands-on computer applications. Practical experience is recommended before attempting to qualify for certification with the CIB. Upon completion of the program through Cambrian College, members with the Institute will be governed by a Code of Ethics, which sets out professional responsibilities and conduct. Exemptions are granted to students through the CIB when a grade of 65% or better is achieved in the Cambrian College courses. Certain courses may be subject to a time limit for registration.

For CIB membership and/or exemption information, visit their website at

Delivery Format

Part-time: Classroom, Independent Learning, Internet

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find opportunities in both private and public sectors as bookkeepers, payroll officers, in accounts receivable and payable departments and as office clerks.

Admission Requirements

Unless otherwise stated for a specific course, any adult (minimum age 19), regardless of residence, previous schooling or experience, may enrol in any of the part-time courses for this certificate program.

How to Apply

Contact Continuing Education at (705) 566-8101, ext. 7373 or email:

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

Fees are charged per course and will vary accordingly.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

Fees are charged per course according to current international rates and will vary accordingly.

Course Descriptions

  • ACC1017- 004 – Introduction to Internal Audit
    In this course, students will outline the elements of an organization’s internal control system and risk management. They will be required to adopt a risk- based approach for identifying significant IT threats and describing the audit test and procedures for evaluating internal controls. Students will apply and integrate knowledge from various subject areas of accounting in order to provide extensive treatment of accounting application risks, application controls for mitigating risk, tests of controls and substantive testing techniques. Students will have a greater chance of success in this course if they have completed ACC 1117.
  • ACC1100- 004 – Introduction To Accounting
    In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamental accounting principles of debit and credit and to the double entry system of bookkeeping. Students will also examine the use of control accounts and the opening and closing of a set of books along with the preparation of financial statements.
  • ACC1117- 005 – Intermediate Accounting I
    In this course, students will acquire a comprehensive overview of additional topics and concepts in Accounting. They will learn about the accounting standards and conceptual framework for private and publicly accountable enterprises by completing, identifying and applying the proper presentation and disclosure requirements for all financial statements under ASPE and IFRS. Students will also examine such topics as reversing entries, current and long term liabilities including bonds payable, payroll and debt and share investments under both IFRS and ASPE. Completion of BUS 1200 prior to taking this course is highly recommended.
  • ACC1310- 004 – Financial Accounting
    In this course, students will examine, in more depth, selected assets and liabilities found on the balance sheet as well as learn to account for transactions involving partnerships and corporations. Assets examined include merchandise inventories, accounts receivable, notes receivable, plant , property, and equipment. Liabilities studied will include short term bonds payable, warranty liabilities, income tax liabilities, and payroll liabilities.
  • ACC1270- 003 – Payroll Administration
    In this course, students will examine the following topics: maintaining payroll records, both salaried and hourly; commission and contract workers; taxable benefits, statutory and other 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.
  • ACC2310- 004 – Managerial Accounting
    In this course, students will learn the preparation and use of accounting information as required by managers to direct the operations of business organizations. Students will analyze, organize, and utilize managerial accounting data pertaining to cost systems, cost behaviour, cost-volume-profit relationships, and budgeting. The emphasis will be on managerial accounting systems within manufacturing organizations utilizing job order costing.
  • ACC3540- 004 – Taxation I
    In this course, students will acquire a basic working knowledge of the Canadian income tax system. The students will become familiar with theoretical concepts and technical rules in the Income Tax Act, specifically those applicable to individual taxpayers, and learn to apply them to the determination of net and taxable income and to the calculation of income taxes payable. Students will be more successful if they have taken ACC 1117 prior to taking this course.
  • ACT1000- 002 – Simply Accounting
    This course provides the knowledge and skills required to transfer a small to mid-size business or individual from a paper-based operation into a computerized format using Sage Software’s Sage 50. Students build a set of books for a small business which include setting up each of the individual ledger modules, exploring the features which integrate or link the modules, performing day-to-day accounting activities, and using the report features.
  • ACT1002- 002 – Simply Accounting II
    This course builds on the knowledge gained in the Sage 50 course and is for those wishing to learn advanced capabilities of this software. This course reinforces the use of GL, A/R and A/P. Students will learn how to set up and use the payroll, inventory and project modules. In addition, year-end procedures, foreign bank accounts, emailing orders and quotes will be covered. Correcting entries will also be addressed throughout the course.
  • ISP1100- 004 – Intro to Computer Competency
    In this course, students will focus on the skills required to use the computer as a practical tool. Students will develop skills in word processing, presentation graphics and spreadsheets, as well as email and Internet research. They will also learn the basic terminology and concepts associated with computers.
  • ISP3026- 003 – Spreadsheet Management
    In this course, students will familiarize themselves with the use of spreadsheets in the business world. Students will gain hands-on experience working with and creating worksheets, graphs, lists, and macros using Microsoft Excel 2010 to develop proficiency with spreadsheet functions and applications.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian’s programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.