Bookkeeper at a desk using a calculator, paperwork and two computer monitors with spreadsheets and invoices to balance the books

Pursue a career as a bookkeeper

Bookkeeping Ontario College Certificate program

Learn operational bookkeeping and managerial accounting in today’s computerized business environment. Graduate with a host of valuable skills.

Program code BOKP
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Program Delivery Full-time – online +
Part-time – online
Program delivery method(s) Online What does this mean?

Program information

Program description

Students learn the processes associated with maintaining detailed, day-to-day records of a business’s financial transactions. These transactions include sales, purchases, payroll, collection of accounts receivable, payment of bills, paying taxes, and more. Students learn how to record, report and manage financial transactions in order to assist management personnel in making key operating, investing and financing decisions. The program consists of courses that include both theory and computer application.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2024 Barrie, Orillia, South Georgian Bay
Winter 2025 Barrie, Orillia, South Georgian Bay
Summer 2025 Barrie, Orillia, South Georgian Bay

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Bookkeeping program?

Bookkeeping admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status 
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit for Prior Learning website for details:

What career paths can I take as a bookkeeper?

Your Bookkeeping certificate gives you many career opportunities

Bookkeeping services are needed in various administrative roles across all organizations, both in profit, non-profit and government organizations. Furthermore, there are self-employment opportunities offering bookkeeping services to the business community.

Flex MORE. Study Bookkeeper part-time

Benefits of studying part-time:

  • Register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go!
  • MORE choices. We are always adding more flexible delivery programs and courses.

What you need to know:

What courses are included in the Bookkeeping certificate program?

Course overview

9 Program Courses
1 Program Option Course
1 Communications Course
1 General Education Course

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Bookkeeping program outline.

  • ACCT 1000 – Financial Accounting Principles 1
  • BUSI 1019 – Payroll Administration
  • COMP 1003 – Microcomputer Applications
  • ENTR 1002 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • MATH 1002 – Mathematics of Finance
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.

Your course delivery method(s)


This program is delivered online. You’ll learn remotely and won’t be required to come to campus. Online learning can be synchronous – you’ll meet with your professor for online classes at scheduled times – or asynchronous – you’ll complete online learning modules on your own.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

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