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Bookkeeping (Certificate)

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Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

In order to keep their financial records up-to-date and accurate, companies rely on bookkeepers who know how to use accounting software and applications. This program will teach you the essentials needed to succeed in this field.

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:

  • Use tax preparation software to prepare individual income tax returns and basic tax planning in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations
  • Apply generally accepted accounting principles to produce financial statements and reports for proprietorships, partnerships and corporations
  • Support the management needs of the bookkeeping function, including planning, forecasting, budgeting, cost and revenue management
  • Create reports by using spreadsheet and database programs to support business analysis and decision-making
  • Apply Canadian and Ontario payroll recordkeeping practices, procedures, requirements and regulations to employee compensation in accordance with current legislation

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Entry level accounting/auditing/tax roles
  • Accounts receivable/payable supervisor
  • Administrative assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget co-ordinator
  • Data entry clerk
  • General office receptionist
  • Inventory control clerk

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
COMP 1289Business Computer Applications IOnline
COMP 1289Business Computer Applications IMonthly Intake Online
COMP 2289Business Computer Applications IIMonthly Intake Online
COMP 2289Business Computer Applications IIOnline
COMM 1884Communication FoundationsDistance Education
SERV 1383Customer Service & EthicsOnline
ACCT 3280Intermediate Accounting IOnline
ACCT 3285Managerial Accounting IMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 3285Managerial Accounting IOnline
OFFC 1280Office Technology & ProceduresMonthly Intake Online
OFFC 1280Office Technology & ProceduresOnline
ACCT 2283Payroll AdministrationOnline
ACCT 2283Payroll AdministrationMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 1283QuickBooks OnlineOnline
ACCT 1283QuickBooks OnlineMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 1980Sage 50 (Simply Accounting I)Online
ACCT 3284Taxation IMonthly Intake Online
ACCT 3284Taxation IOnline