The Accounting Techniques (ACT) program is designed to provide you with a solid background in accounting and computerized bookkeeping. Its short, intensive format helps you focus on such critical skills as financial reporting, practical experience with accounting software packages, and training in business communication. Complete the program successfully and you'll be equipped to work in organizations of all types and sizes as Accounting Clerks, Bookkeepers, Administrative Assistants, Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerks, etc.
The students who successfully complete the Accounting Techniques program of study will earn four of nine academic courses required for the Certified Bookkeeper designation awarded by the Canadian Institute of Bookkeepers (CIB). The remaining courses required for the designation are offered as part of Seneca's Accounting diploma program.
For more information please visit the CIB website.
Give yourself a career with options. Become a professional bookkeeper with the Accounting Techniques certificate program and you could work for yourself, a small family-run business, a large corporation or anything in between. You'll enjoy the flexibility to do it all. From accounts payable to accounts receivable to payroll and beyond, you could play a critical role in any company's financial success by providing it with a strong bookkeeping foundation.
Seneca, in co-operation with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB), now offers this program that allows you to earn four of the nine courses required for CIB's professional bookkeeping designation; and prepares you for a career in bookkeeping and entry-level accounting.
A 2009 benchmark study conducted by the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada found that over 54% of individuals employed in bookkeeping have college or university-level education; and those with a professional bookkeeping designation earn significantly higher pay that those without.
Bookkeeping lends itself well to career advancement. There are numerous options for accreditation in the field of accounting, the majority of which are easy to obtain while working.
Bookkeepers are in demand as accounts receivable/payable clerks/supervisors, administrative assistants, payroll administrators, office managers, budget co-ordinators and assistant controllers.
No required prerequisite, but students should have Grade 12 English and Mathematics or equivalent
This course introduces the student to how accounting information is used by, and meets the needs of both internal and external users through effective and efficient communication as well as what accounting information is required by a business concern to reflect clearly the operating results of the enterprise over its operating life. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to generally accepted accounting principles, the interpretation and preparation of financial statements and how this information is recorded in the various business records.
EAC150 or equivalent
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Canadian business environment, business issues and functions, and the major forces at work in the global economy. It provides students with a perspective of business firms as integrated organizations composed of a number of specialized functions.
College English is an introductory college writing and reading course fundamental to successful college studies. Through a variety of assignments and classroom activities, students strive to develop the rhetorical and analytical skills essential to their success as communicators in college and upon graduation. Fiction and nonfiction are central vehicles for teaching writing.
The student will develop and use spreadsheets to calculate, mine and format data that is commonly found in business. The student will also demonstrate file management on a microcomputer, demonstrate data exchange between application programs, define microcomputer terminology and differentiate between microcomputer specifications.
No required prerequisite, but a strong foundation in mathematics at the Grade XII level is recommended
For business personnel, this course covers fundamentals of mathematics for business and finance: ratios, proportions, percentages, break-even analysis, commissions, trade and cash discounts, simple interest and discount, compound interest and discount, equation of values, and ordinary annuities.
EAC150 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently.
Marketing is an approach to business that puts the customer at the centre of its activities and focuses on satisfying customer needs and wants. While marketing is used by both profit and not-for-profit organizations to meet the demands of the market place, this course introduces students to the fundamental marketing concepts used by profit oriented business organizations.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skill to complete personal and business tax forms. Students will learn how to respond to and apply the fundamental provisions of laws that affect taxation of a business and their personal situation. The emphasis will be on practical aspects of compliance.
ACC220 Accounting Basics II
Accounting 431 deals with internal accounting, specifically cost accounting. Its objectives are to determine product costs for inventory valuations. The associated accounting systems include methods of identifying, separating, classifying and summarizing costs under various product costing techniques. The course also includes the managerial use of cost information for planning and cost control. Cost Accounting is an extension of financial accounting. Its aim is to provide relevant information to various levels of management for planning and controlling day-to-day operations. The internal accounting system must be designed to meet the requirements of specific managerial needs.
This course is designed to develop the student's skill in the analysis and recording of financial accounting transactions using computerized accounting software - for example, Simply Accounting and/or QuickBooks. Students will create and maintain electronic accounting records and prepare financial reports for sole proprietorships and corporations in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
EAC150 or equivalent
The ability to write clearly and directly is highly prized in organizations. In order to succeed in today's information overload world, writers must be able to effectively articulate ideas quickly, clearly and concisely in proposals, emails, reports, memos, project plans and through social media. This course focuses on creating professional-quality documents for realistic business situations, with an emphasis on audience analysis, appropriateness and editing. Other topics include formal and informal outlining techniques, how to revise for wordiness, unnecessary phrases, redundancy and jargon, and e-correspondence in an "organizational" setting.
This one semester course introduces economic principles relating to Canada's mixed market economy and uses these principles to examine current economic issues including the nature of markets, employment, the level of economic activity, the structure of industry, international trade, and the appropriate role of government in the Canadian economy.
As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
This program is eligible for OSAP funding.
Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.
If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.
If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.
To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.
For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.
Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.
How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.
The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.
Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.
Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.
Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.
Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.
Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.
If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.
Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Graduation Application forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).