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Accounting

Certificate
Accounting

Program Overview

Practical training in accounting can be a tremendous asset, whether you want to broaden your career options, meet changing job requirements or start your own business. It helps to have a good head for numbers, but the real key to success in the field is attention to detail and accuracy.

The Accounting certificate program is offered through Continuing Education, and part time on campus in Regina and Saskatoon.

You’ll receive practical training in:

  • Accounts receivable and accounts payable;
  • Accounting for partnerships, shareholder equity, pension plans;
  • Accounting software and information systems;
  • Bookkeeping;
  • Fundamentals of auditing, finance and taxation; and
  • Payroll

You’ll develop a solid foundation in basic accounting theory, but the focus is on practical application. At Saskatchewan Polytechnic, hands-on exercises and projects help you translate knowledge into skills.

Program Advantages

All 12 courses are available through a combination of distance education and night classes in Regina and Saskatoon.

Courses align with professional accounting designation requirements. You can pursue professional designations to build your earning potential.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

The Accounting certificate qualifies you for entry-level jobs such as accounts payable/accounts receivable clerk, bookkeeper and payroll clerk. If you’re already working, adding accounting skills to your resume opens doors to other jobs and promotions. You can also put the practical skills to work in your own business.

Every organization needs individuals with accounting skills. Jobs are available in health care, education, hospitality, non-profit, transportation, finance, manufacturing, natural resources, construction, government and more.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
BookkeeperBookkeepers (1231)$23,800 - $60,100
Accounts Payable/Receivable ClerkAccounting and Related Clerks (1431)$29,200 - $57,200
Payroll ClerkPayroll Clerks (1432)$31,200 - $60,400

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies - Continuing Education

Length: 12 courses

Locations

  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

Note: You do not apply or have admission requirements assessed for this program. You take courses through Continuing Education. Once you have successfully completed all the courses in the program, simply apply to graduate.

Admission Method

Not applicable at this time

Tuition and Fees

For tuition information, contact Registration Services.

Courses

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Courses

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 122
Introductory Financial Accounting 1
6
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Your studies will focus on an introduction to financial accounting designed to provide you with accounting skills to handle business transactions. The course will include bookkeeping techniques, accounting for a merchandising concern and control over cash and receivables. Accounting for payroll is also introduced in this course. ACCT 122 is a companion to ACCT 125 (Introductory Financial Accounting 2) which continues the study of basic financial accounting.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Televised/SCN, Lecture/Theory
ACCT 125
Introductory Financial Accounting 2
5
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Your studies will focus on an introduction to financial accounting building on the skills you learned in ACCT 122 (Introductory Financial Accounting I). Your studies include these topics: accounting for property, plant and equipment assets, current and long-term liabilities, partnerships, and corporations. In addition, you will learn to prepare a cash flow statement and perform ratio analysis.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 122
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Televised/SCN, Lecture/Theory
ACCT 220
Intermediate Accounting 1
7
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You will complete an in-depth study of generally accepted accounting principles as applied to accounting for current assets, capital assets, temporary and long-term investments, leases, accounting changes, and correction of errors. Both International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) are considered as accounting standards.
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 112.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 125
Equivalent Course(s): ACP 212
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN
ACCT 221
Intermediate Accounting 2
7
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You will continue your studies of financial accounting begun in ACCT 220. Your studies will include current and long-term liabilities, shareholders equity, dilutive securities and earnings per share, revenue recognition, pensions, statement of cash flows, incomplete records and accounting for corporate income taxes. Both International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) are considered as accounting standards
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 112.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 220
Equivalent Course(s): ACP 313
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN
ACCT 226
Cost Accounting 1
5
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The course is an introduction to the study of cost accounting theory and practice. You will focus on the differences between cost accounting and financial accounting, various cost accounting terms, an introduction to costing systems and responsibility accounting using master and flexible budgets.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 125
Equivalent Course(s): ACP 221
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN
ACCT 227
Cost Accounting 2
5
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Your studies will be a continuation of Cost Accounting 1 (ACCT 226). You will study non-routine decision making, cost allocation theory and methods, process costing, hybrid costing systems, inventory management and sales and input variances.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 226
Equivalent Course(s): ACP 322
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN
ACCT 236
Accounting Information Systems
4
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You will study the necessary theory and tools for understanding, analyzing, and designing computer-based accounting information systems at the introductory level. You will study the theory and participate in practical applications that support your studies as an accounting student. The course includes an introduction to the field of electronic commerce.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 125
Equivalent Course(s): ACP 451
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN
ADTG 220
Auditing
5
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Your studies will include an introduction to auditing, its objectives and reports, the types of evidence and documentations required, the study of internal control and audit sampling. You will study the processes of the audit of revenue and collections and acquisitions and expenditures.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 125
Equivalent Course(s): ACP 430
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN
FIN 220
Finance
5
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You will become familiar with the role of finance and its implication for risk, income and control, credit conditions and a firm's state of liquidity. You will examine sources of capital and corporate borrowing, cost of capital theory and optimal capital structure, and capital budget decision making.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 122
Equivalent Course(s): ACP 475
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Televised/SCN, Lecture/Theory
TAX 221
Tax 1
6
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Your studies will include an introduction to the Income Tax Act including the structure of fiscal legislation, administration, and enforcement practices as they pertain to personal income tax. The course includes the calculation of taxable income, calculation of tax, and the completion of personal income tax returns.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 96.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 125
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab

Electives (Must Take 2 of 4)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ECON 100
Economics
5
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You will study the foundations of macroeconomics. Your studies will include an introduction to the economic principles of scarcity, opportunity costs, demand and supply, and comparative market structures. You will then focus on learning about the major macroeconomic elements impacting our economy. This includes Gross Domestic Product, unemployment and inflation, government spending and taxation, the Canadian banking system, foreign trade and other key macroeconomic variables.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
ECON 120
Microeconomics
4
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Your studies will focus on how production and consumption decisions are made in a market economy. You will learn to analyze supply, demand, cost, price determination, response to price changes, and income distribution.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): RT 191
Potential Learning Method(s): Televised/SCN, Lecture/Theory
LAW 220
Commercial Law
4
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Your studies will focus on the field of commercial law. You will examine in detail the concepts of contract law and how these concepts are influenced by various legislative acts and common law. Other legal concepts in your studies will focus on: torts, agency, various forms of business organizations, the sale of goods, employment, bailments, insurance, real and intellectual property, and secured transactions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ACP 170, LAW 240
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Televised/SCN, Lecture/Theory
STAT 120
Business Statistics
4
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You will be introduced to the elements of statistics used in business. The course content includes frequency distribution, measure of central tendency and dispersion, probability distributions (discrete and continuous), sampling, sampling distributions, estimations, regressions, correlation and elementary hypothesis-testing.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ACP 374
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Televised/SCN, Lecture/Theory

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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