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.

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.

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.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
BookkeeperAccounting Technicians and Bookkeepers (1311)$33,300 - $74,900
Accounts Payable/Receivable ClerkAccounting and Related Clerks (1431)$31,200 - $65,000
Payroll ClerkPayroll Administrators (1432)$37,500 - $67,700

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies - Continuing Education
Length: 12 courses

Locations

  • It is offered on a course-by-course basis through Continuing Education (evenings and Saturdays, and by Distance Education (online).

Part-time Delivery

Students do not apply to this program, but take courses part time and apply to graduate (pdf) through Enrolment Services once all courses are completed.

View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

Admission Method

Not applicable at this time

Tuition and Fees

For tuition information, see Part-Time Studies.

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ACCT 122
Introductory Financial Accounting 1
5
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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. ACCT 122 is a companion to ACCT 125 (Introductory Financial Accounting 2) which continues the study of basic financial accounting.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Equivalent Course(s): ACCT 122CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
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 1). Your studies include these topics: accounting for property, plant and equipment assets, current and non-current liabilities, partnerships, and corporations and accounting for payroll. In addition, you will learn to prepare a cash flow statement and perform ratio analysis.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 122
Equivalent Course(s): ACCT 125CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ACCT 215
Intermediate Financial Accounting 1
4
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You will complete an in-depth study of generally accepted accounting principles as applied to accounting for current assets. You will also learn about revenue recognition concepts applicable to both private and publicly accountable enterprises. Both International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) are considered as accounting standards.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 125
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ACCT 216
Intermediate Financial Accounting 2
4
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You will complete an in-depth study of generally accepted accounting principles as applied to accounting for capital assets, and temporary and long-term investments. Both International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) are considered as accounting standards.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 125
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ACCT 217
Intermediate Financial Accounting 3
4
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You will continue your study of financial accounting begun in ACCT 215 and ACCT 216. Your studies will include current and long-term liabilities, shareholders’ equity, derivative and hybrid instruments, share-based compensation, and earnings per share. Both International Financial Report Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) are considered as accounting standards.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 125
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ACCT 218
Intermediate Financial Accounting 4
3
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You will continue your study of financial accounting begun in ACCT 215 and ACCT 216. Your studies will include accounting for corporate income taxes and pensions, leases, changes in policy, estimates and correction of errors, and preparing the statement of cash flows. Both International Financial Report Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE) are considered as accounting standards.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 125
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ACCT 219
Management Information Systems
4
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You will study fundamental concepts of management information systems including business processes, data organization, integrity, privacy and security, e-commerce, ERP systems, business analytics, system development life cycle, and hardware and software components.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 122
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ACCT 226
Cost Accounting 1
4
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You will study introductory concepts 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: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 125
Equivalent Course(s): ACCT 226CE, ACP 221
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ACCT 227
Cost Accounting 2
4
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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: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 226
Equivalent Course(s): ACCT 227CE, ACP 322
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
ADTG 220
Auditing
4
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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: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 125
Equivalent Course(s): ACP 430, ADTG 220CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
FIN 220
Finance
4
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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. The course content includes sources of capital and corporate borrowing, cost of capital theory and optimal capital structure, and the capital budget decision-making.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 122
Equivalent Course(s): ACP 475, FIN 220CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
TAX 201
Taxation 1
3
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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: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ACCT 125
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
TAX 202
Taxation 2
3
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Your studies will include an introduction to capital cost allowance, net business income, and net property income. Goods and services tax (GST) and harmonized sales tax (HST) obligations for businesses are also introduced.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TAX 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Note: 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.

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