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Accounting Techniques

Accounting Techniques

Program Code:ACT
Duration:2 Semesters (1 Year)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

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.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


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Your Career

Prepare yourself for a career with options. Become a professional bookkeeper with the one-year 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 two–semester (eight–month) 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 than 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.

Professional Certification

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 (ACC).

For more information on the CIB, please visit

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major

CPA Ontario Learning Centre

Grow your accounting and finance skill set in a space dedicated to supporting and engaging Seneca students, whether at the introductory or advanced levels of their accounting studies. Academic support is offered in partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Located in the Newnham Campus Learning Centre.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC120 Accounting Basics I 4
BAM101 Introduction to Business Administration 3
EAC150 College English 3
QNM106 Mathematics of Finance 4
SSC100 Success Strategies for College 2
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC402 Taxation 4
ACC426 Managerial Accounting 4
ACC427 PC Applications and Accounting Software 3
COM150 Professional Communication for Business 4
ECN550 Economics: An Overview 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Accounting Basics I
Introduction to Business Administration
College English
Mathematics of Finance
Introduction to Seneca Studies
Semester 2
Managerial Accounting
PC Applications and Accounting Software
Professional Communication for Business
Economics: An Overview
General Education Option

* Common first semester for Accounting (ACC), Accounting and Finance (ACF), Accounting and Payroll (APP) and Accounting Techniques (ACT) students.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Salaha Fatima
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22081
Registration & Records Advisors:
  Liam McElheron
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22464
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Sheilagh Stephenson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22795
Program Coordinator: Ebhana Hardy-Henry
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22861
Program Chair: Karen Murkar
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22337
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