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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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Accounting Basics I


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.

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Introduction to Business Administration


COM101 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.

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Communicating Across Contexts


Placement via English Assessment, or successful completion of ESL934.

COM101 replaces EAC 150.
Students who have successfully completed EAC 150 are not required to complete COM101.

This course introduces students to the core concepts of communication. Students will cultivate an awareness of these concepts by analyzing how they are used in a variety of texts and contexts, and they will apply these concepts strategically in their own writing. Through a variety of writing tasks centred on these core concepts of communication, students will develop the transferrable reading and writing skills essential for success in their post-secondary studies, workplaces, and communities.

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Microcomputer Applications for Business


A fundamental working knowledge of Windows Operating Systems and Excel Software.

Building on the skills they have previously acquired in Excel and Windows operating systems, students will further develop their proficiency in these areas and add Access to their skill set. Throughout the course, they will apply these software skills to solve business problems.

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Mathematics of Business and Finance


No required prerequisite, but students should have Grade XII English and Mathematics.

This course provides students with the fundamentals of mathematics of business and finance. Following the introduction of concepts of percent and percent change, simple and compound interest rates will be discussed. Compound interest rates will be applied to the study of annuities. Students will also learn important models of business mathematics, such as currency conversion, trade discounts, markups and markdowns, break-even and cost-volume-profit analysis.

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Taxation Regulation and Reporting


ACC120 and ACC220

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.

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Cost Accounting


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.

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PC Applications and Accounting Software



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.

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Business Writing


COM101 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.

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General Education Option General Education Option

As of September 2018, MBF101 will replace QNM 106. If students have taken QNM 106 already, they do not need to take MBF101.

Effective January 2017, EAC 394 will be replaced by EAC894

Program Outcomes

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand and apply generally accepted accounting principles for the purposes of financial reporting.
  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of cost accounting, including the derivation of product costs, for financial reporting purposes.
  • Prepare basic personal income tax returns, and understand and apply the principles of other major taxes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of generally accepted accounting standards in an internal control environment.
  • Understand and apply the basic concepts and business applications of computer information systems, including skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and integrated accounting software.
  • Understand and apply the techniques of business mathematics to support the accounting function of an organization.
  • Apply effective interpersonal skills to support the accounting function of an organization.
  • Apply ethics and corporate responsibility to all aspects of work completed.

OSAP Funding Available

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.

  • 1 course (20%)
  • 2 courses (40%)

If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • 3 courses (60%)
  • 4 courses (80%)
  • 5 courses (100%)

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.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

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.

Transfer Credit

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.

More Information

Please visit the Office of the Registrar.


When 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 graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Program Contacts

Contact us via this form or using the phone number(s) below it.

Francine Marcelli
Program Assistant

416-491-5050 ext.22501

Poh Tan
Academic Program Manager

416-491-5050 ext.26626