Bookkeeping Certificate

  • Part Time
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 1 year
CAMPUS: Burns Lake - Fort St. James - Mackenzie - Prince George - Quesnel - Vanderhoof
FEES: Check fee schedule
START DATE: Spring 2022 - Spring 2022
  • Alternate Delivery
  • Some courses are available online
  • Some courses are available through DDI
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


Bookkeepers process and track all of a business's pertinent financial information. Since all businesses need to manage and organize their financial transactions, bookkeepers are essential to every industry and sector of the economy.

This career is suitable for people who are organized, trust-worthy and pay attention to details.

Bookkeeping Program FAQ



Bookkeeping graduates might perform a variety of administrative and finance-related duties for small businesses or non-profits. Other graduates might have specific roles in larger companies, such as managing payroll or processing accounts receivable/payable.

Some potential bookkeeping careers include:

  • Assistant Bookkeeper
  • Entry Level Bookkeeper
  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Auditing Clerk
  • Bookkeeping Clerk
  • Office Manager
  • Executive Director
  • Program/Finance Assistant
  • Accounts Receivable/Payable
  • Payroll Administrator

Bookkeeping graduates might also be self-employed, with the option to work part-time or keep books for several small businesses.

For salary information see

What you will learn


CNC's Bookkeeping Certificate will provide you with a well-rounded understanding of the complete bookkeeping cycle. You will learn bookkeeping essentials covering the whole business cycle:

  • Setting up a company's books
  • Updating and adjusting balance sheets
  • Managing payroll
  • Canadian tax rules (HST and GST)
  • Preparing year-end financial statements and "closing the books"
  • Using accounting software to track inventory, budgets, projects and more
  • Communication and management skills

Instruction covers both manual and computerized accounting systems.

Bookkeeping Certificate Courses

This program is designed to train our future bookkeepers; the ground level professional that will be able to expertly analyze day to day transactions, and report them accurately within the accounting cycle. Bookkeepers manage business accounts, in order to provide timely information to owners/managers so that they may make sound and informed financial decisions. Since all businesses need to manage and organize their financial transactions, bookkeepers perform an essential role in the financial decision making process in every sector of the economy.

Required Courses

There are eight courses in this program which are offered to students in a part-time evening delivery format. The required courses are listed below. Please note that Management Skills for Supervisors can be taken at any time before graduation and has multiple offerings throughout the academic year.
BOOK-101 Fundamentals of Bookkeeping 2 6 weeks
BOOK-103 Intermediate Bookkeeping 2 6 weeks
BOOK-105 Advanced Bookkeeping 2 6 weeks
BOOK-108 Excel for Bookkeepers 2 11 weeks
BOOK-113 Computerized Bookkeeping - L1 1.5 8 weeks
BOOK-114 Computerized Bookkeeping - L2 1.5 8 weeks
BOOK-115 Payroll 2 11 weeks
CESS-151 Mgmt Skills for Supervisors I 0 1 weeks

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Spring 2022 Burns Lake DDI 1 year
Spring 2022 Fort St. James Online 1 year
Spring 2022 Mackenzie Online 1 year
Spring 2022 Prince George Online 1 year
Spring 2022 Quesnel Online 1 year
Spring 2022 Vanderhoof Online 1 year
Fall 2022 Prince George Online 1 year

Entry Requirements 

Applicants require proof of successful completion of the following:

  • Math 10 or Accounting 11 or equivalent
  • Communications 11 or equivalent
  • Applicants without proof of the Math or English as listed above may write the Student Readiness Assessment (SRA) to meet the Admission Requirements. Students looking to investigate this option should consult an Academic Advisor.
  • International students from a non-English speaking country must have a 6.0 IELTS score, or have successfully completed Level 4, English for Academic Purposes, at CNC.

Applicants are recommended to have a strong working knowledge of personal computer applications and a keyboarding proficiency of at least 20 words per minute (WPM).

Need help meeting these requirements. Check out our Academic Upgrading options. 

Previous Coursework Credit

Students with previous work experience and/or have taken similar courses through CNC Continuing Education or other post-secondary institutions may be eligible to receive advance course credit up to a maximum of 4 courses. Students looking to investigate these options should consult the Continuing Education Business Program Coordinator or an Academic Advisor to initiate a review by the appropriate Education Administrator.

Advance Course Credit

As a value-add for students in CNC’s ABT and Bookkeeping programs, the following advance course credits have been established.

Students with:

  • ABTA-100 will be given credit for BOOK-101 and BOOK-103.
  • ABTA-150 will be given credit for BOOK-113 and BOOK-114.
  • ABTA-125 will be given credit for BOOK 108.
  • BOOK-101 and BOOK-103 will be given credit for ABTA-100.
  • BOOK-113 and BOOK-114 will be given credit for ABTA-150. 

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $3493

Tuition and fees for the Bookkeeping Certificate will be charged on a semester basis and not course-by-course. A $300 seat deposit will be required upon acceptance to the program. For the second semester, students must pay all remaining tuition and student fees by the semester Fee Payment Deadline.

Students will be given a priority date and time to register. In order to secure a seat in the program, students are encouraged to register as close to their priority date and time as possible.


Tuition costs for domestic students is approximately $436 per course EXCEPT FOR the following courses:

  • BOOK 113 - Computerized Bookkeeping Level 1: $381 + fees
  • BOOK 114 - Computerized Bookkeeping Level 2: $381 + fees
  • CESS 151 - Management Skills for Supervisors: Interpersonal Communication & Conflict Resolution: $630 + fees

Additional student fees and textbook costs will also apply. Prices are subject to change.

To find more information on applying, refunds, or the registration timetable please see the Office of the Registrar's website.