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Accounting Specialty (Certificate)

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Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

Today's financial world requires analytical, flexible and motivated accountants. Take the next step toward a career in accounting, learning from industry experts and developing your knowledge to help businesses make informed decisions about their financial future.

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 11 Math (C, M or U)
    Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading
    Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older) with Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 11 Math (C, M or U)

  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year. Note: Before beginning this credential, please be advised that one or more courses in this program are not MAC compatible.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Maintain paper and electronic accounting records and prepare financial statements for sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Employ management accounting techniques in the planning, directing, and controlling of an enterprise
  • Prepare routine tax returns for individuals ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and regulations
  • Use mathematical techniques to support the financial management of a business organization including the preparation of financial information
  • Recognize the impact of the operations of functional areas of an organization on its financial performance
  • Create, analyse, and manipulate data in electronic workbooks and charts

Career Options

Potential career options may include:

  • Customer service representative
  • Bookkeeper/payroll clerk
  • Budget co-ordinator
  • Junior accountant
  • Entry level positions with an accounting or payroll department

Related Credentials and Courses

Graduates interested in further professional development may be interested in the following courses/programs:

Business - Accounting (Two-Year Diploma)

Business Administration - Accounting (Three-Year Diploma)

To learn more visit Credit Transfer

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
ACCT 1280Accounting IOnline
ACCT 1280Accounting IMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 2280Accounting IIMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 2280Accounting IIOnline
SPRD 2281Excel IntroductionOnline
SPRD 2281Excel IntroductionMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 3280Intermediate Accounting IOnline
ACCT 4280Intermediate Accounting IIOnline
ACCT 3285Managerial Accounting IOnline
ACCT 3285Managerial Accounting IMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 4283Managerial Accounting IIMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 4283Managerial Accounting IIOnline
ACCT 1283QuickBooks OnlineMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 1283QuickBooks OnlineOnline
ACCT 1980Sage 50 (Simply Accounting I)Online
ACCT 3284Taxation IMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 3284Taxation IOnline