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.
Varies. View course offerings.
Locations(s)Online/Distance options available
Length and location notesIt is offered on a course-by-course basis through Continuing Education (evenings and Saturdays, and by Distance Education (online).
Some programs offered online or otherwise by distance (i.e., correspondence) include on-site labs, clinicals, practicums or work experiences. They may be offered course-by-course or full-time, or both, and deliveries may change over time.
You’ll receive practical training in:
- Accounts receivable and accounts payable;
- Accounting for partnerships, shareholder equity, pension plans;
- Accounting software and information systems;
- Fundamentals of auditing, finance and taxation; and
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.
All 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
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.
Do you need help deciding if these careers could be a good fit for you? Contact Career Counselling Services. Do you already know this is the program you want to take but need more detailed information or help applying? Connect with a recruitment advisor.
|Sample job title||NOC classification|
|Bookkeeper||Accounting technicians & bookkeepers (12200)|
|Accounts payable/receivable clerk||Accounting & related clerks (14200)|
|Payroll clerk||Payroll administrators (13102)|
You are not required to take a minimum number of courses per session when you take the courses online. Generally, all requirements must be completed within four years for a certificate, and five years for a diploma. (As per Policy # 114.)
A certificate from this program may be obtained given the following:
- A pass mark of at least 50% has been earned in all courses. A grade point average (GPA) of 60% is required to graduate.
- Once all courses toward a certificate have been completed, it is your responsibility to apply for graduation (pdf). The fee for this evaluation is $75 (fee subject to change).
If you have questions or need academic advising, contact Twyla Verhelst.To register for individual courses, please view the part-time offerings available in the Courses section below.
- Grade 12
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.
Not applicable at this time
Tuition and fees
For tuition information, view individual course information.
Students who completed ACCT 236 (Accounting Information Systems) before June 30, 2021, do not need to complete ACCT 219 (Managment Information Systems). These are not equivalent courses; however, ACCT 236 will be accepted in place of ACCT 219 as long as the program is completed within five years of starting.
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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.
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Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
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