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.

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

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 title NOC classification
Bookkeeper Accounting technicians & bookkeepers (12200)
Accounts payable/receivable clerk Accounting & related clerks (14200)
Payroll clerk Payroll administrators (13102)

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.

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).  

All students studying online should refer to our Continuing Education Frequently Asked Questions for valuable information.

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.


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, view individual course information.


Get credit for what you know

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.

See link(s) below to get more information about PLAR.

Transfer credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

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. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

More about scholarships

Business (certificate)

Business (diploma)

Additional information

Twyla Verhelst
Student advisor
School of Business Continuing Education