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Accounting is a specialisation in the field of business sciences that deals with recording of financial transactions, sorting, classifying and summarizing all of them and presenting the information in various financial reports and analyses. Accounting is closely linked to finance and is used within organisations to determine financial stability and profitability.

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Distance Learning

Distance or online learning is a mode of study that allows students to study most or all of a course without attending at a campus-based institution. Distance can refer to both material and interaction. Distance learning provides access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance, or both.

During this type of education students communicate with the faculty and other students via e-mail, electronic forums, videoconferencing, chat rooms, bulletin boards, instant messaging and other forms of computer-based interaction.

The programmes often include a online training system and tools to produce a virtual classroom. The tuition fees for distance learning vary from institution to programme to country. It is certain that the student saves expenses related to accommodation and transportation, because you can maintain your current living expenses. Distance learning is also a great solution for people that already have a job, and still want or need further education.

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Below is a selection of the available study options in Canada. If you’re interested in studying Accounting in Canada you can view all 4 Online Short Courses . You can also read more about the Accounting discipline in general, or about studying in Canada . Many universities in Canada offer study programmes taught in English. Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language. Assess your level of English by scheduling the TOEFL® language test .

4 Accounting Online Short Programmes in Canada

Accounting (Online)

York University

Toronto, Canada

York University

Introduction to Accounting

University of British Columbia

Kelowna, Canada

University of British Columbia

Advanced Accounting

Athabasca University

Athabasca, Canada


Athabasca University

Athabasca, Canada

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College-Approved Certificate (13 courses)
Part-time Online
Program Code: 6000X07PWO
Academic Year: 2018/2019

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

This College Certificate program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to embark on or further develop a career in bookkeeping/accounting. Through applied exercises and assignments using accounting and office productivity software, students develop a foundation in financial accounting, management accounting, taxation and compliance filings, accounting software and spreadsheet applications.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within six years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are adaptable and enjoy problem solving.
  • Communicate effectively with people in a variety of capacities.
  • Work well under pressure and are deadline driven.
  • Perform well working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Possess a keen eye for detail.
  • Have strong organizational skills.
  • Are comfortable using technology.

Your Career

While graduates from this program may find similar entry-level employment to graduates of the Bookkeeping Certificate, the skills and knowledge provide greater opportunities for advancement in clerical accounting roles, such as accounts payable clerk, accounts receivable clerk, bookkeeper and general accounting clerk.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar’s Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is
the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar’s Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application . A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


Graduates of the Accounting certificate can take additional courses to complete the two-year Business-Accounting Ontario College Diploma program.

Substitutes and equivalencies
  • ACC2152 (on-campus) is substituted by ACC2385 (online)
  • ACC2384 is substituted by ACC2300 (online)
CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS , located under ‘Continuing Education’ on the left-hand toolbar.

Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed).

September 2013 and before August 2014

If you started the Accounting Certificate program between September 2013 and before August 2014, to complete the Certificate you need to successfully complete ACC2201 , BUS2301 , ACC2202 , ACC2204 , ACC2205 , ACC2344 , ACC2152 , ACC2354 , ACC2355 , ACC2384 , ACC2343 and ENL1813 or equivalent courses.

2014/2015 Program Progression and 2015/2016 Program Progression

If you started the Accounting Certificate Program between August 2014 and before September 2016, to complete the Certificate you need to successfully complete: QUA2227 , ACC2201 , BUS2301 , ACC2202 , ACC2204 , ACC2205 , ACC2346 , ACC2152 , ACC2384 , ACC2343 , ACC2233 and ACC2234 or equivalent courses.

2016/2017 Program Progression

If you started the Accounting Certificate program after September 2016, to complete the Certificate you need to successfully complete QUA0002 , ACC2201 , ACC2202 , ACC2204 , ACC2205 , ACC2346 , ACC2152 , ACC2384 , ACC2343 , ACC2233 , ACC2234 , ACC5039 and OFF2395 or equivalent courses.

Additional Information

For more information, please use the Online Learning Chat located at the bottom of this page. You can also contact us at ol@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 3330.


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameWinter
QUA000245.0 Business Mathematics Online Learning
ACC220160.0 Financial Accounting I Online Learning
ACC220275.0 Financial Accounting II Online Learning
ACC220460.0 Intermediate Accounting I Online Learning
ACC220560.0 Intermediate Accounting II Online Learning
ACC234660.0 Canadian Taxation Online Learning
ACC215245.0Financial Accounting Computer Applications IFinancial Accounting Computer Applications I

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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ACC238445.0Microcomputer Applications in AccountingMicrocomputer Applications in Accounting

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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ACC234360.0 Spreadsheet Applications Online Learning
ACC223360.0 Management Accounting I Online Learning
ACC223460.0 Management Accounting II Online Learning
ACC503942.0 Payroll Administration Online Learning
BUS230145.0 Business Computer Applications Online Learning


QUA0002 Business Mathematics

Students review basic arithmetic and algebra, as well as mathematic tools and concepts required for solving problems found in a business environment. Problem-solving areas include cost-volume-profit analysis, linear functions and constrained optimization, index numbers, markup and markdowns, terms of invoicing and business finance.

ACC2201 Financial Accounting I

This is the first course in a series of three financial accounting courses where students learn the fundamentals necessary to enter the field of accounting. Students learn basic financial statements and capturing financial information. Through a combination of practical exercises and the use of computer software, students develop an understanding of essential accounting concepts necessary for future studies.

ACC2202 Financial Accounting II

Building on previous studies in financial accounting, students expand their knowledge of fundamental accounting concepts involved in measuring and analyzing business transactions and reporting financial results. Coverage builds upon topics from the first financial accounting course. Through a combination of practical exercises and the use of computer software, students progress in their understanding of vital accounting concepts necessary for future studies.

Pre-requisites: ACC2201 or ACC5151A

ACC2204 Intermediate Accounting I

Students expand their accounting knowledge by focusing on the structure and purpose of financial statement presentation and disclosure under IFRS and ASPE. Particular focus is placed on the measurement and presentation of current assets, such as cash, receivables and inventories, as well as emphasizing revenue recognition under GAAP. Students demonstrate their professional competencies during in-class discussion, completion of assigned exercises and in-depth assignments.

ACC2205 Intermediate Accounting II

Students complete their coverage of financial accounting by focusing on financial elements, such as investments, property, plant and equipment, liabilities, shareholders’ equity and leases. Particular attention is focused on the presentation under IFRS and ASPE. Students demonstrate their professional competencies through in-class discussion, completion of assigned exercises and in-depth assignments.

Pre-requisites: ACC2353 or ACC5152

ACC2346 Canadian Taxation

Students gain an understanding of the different types of tax remittances and returns that are required to be filed by businesses and individuals in Canada. They learn how to prepare payroll, GST/HST (QST), EHT and WSIB remittances for government and regulatory filings. As well, students learn how to prepare basic personal tax returns using preparation software.

Pre-requisites: ACC2202 AND ACC5039 or ACC2312 AND ACC5039 or ACC5039 AND ACC5151

ACC2343 Spreadsheet Applications

Students enhance their knowledge of spreadsheets learned in BUS2301. Using Microsoft Excel, students explore some of the more advanced Excel features, such as financial functions, charts, logical functions, pivot tables, lists and look-up tables. These spreadsheet concepts are explored through Excel-based lectures, hybrid activities including online MyITLab assignments.

Pre-requisites: ACC2201 or ACC2313 or ACC5151A

ACC2233 Management Accounting I

Businesses are faced with critical decisions daily; managerial accounting aids organizations in making well informed decisions that help the business to succeed. Students are introduced to the principles essential to an understanding of managerial accounting by focusing on the nature of costs and cost behaviours, and how they relate to and are reported in a manufacturing, merchandising and service business environment. Topics covered include job-order costing, process costing, cost-volume-profit, variable costing and activity-based costing. These managerial accounting concepts are explored through Excel-based lectures and discussions.

Pre-requisites: ACC2202 AND ACC2343 or ACC2341 or ACC5151B

ACC2234 Management Accounting II

Students continue to expand their knowledge of managerial accounting. Topics covered include comprehensive corporate budgeting, standard costing, segment reporting, relevant costing, and capital budgeting. The current business focus on quality and business ethics is related to most topic areas. These managerial accounting concepts are explored through Excel-based lectures and discussions.

Pre-requisites: ACC2233 AND ACC2343

ACC5039 Payroll Administration

Students examine the following topics: maintaining payroll records; salaried, hourly, commission and contract workers; taxable benefits; statutory and other deductions; preparation of payroll journal entries; preparation of record of employment; preparation of T4’s and T4 summary; workers’ compensation; employment standards; and computerized payroll.

BUS2301 Business Computer Applications

The knowledge gained in this course provides students with a solid foundation for future learning in other studies, and in business. Students learn a variety of tasks in Windows file management. Students also learn tasks and produce assignments in Microsoft Office for PC. Web based software running computer based simulations and assessments are used to support and enrich the learning experience. It is strongly recommended that students use a PC. Mac students may be required to install and learn additional software to successfully complete the course.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.


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