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Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping | Ashton College

If you take pride in a balanced cheque book each month, companies across every industry need your skills to manage their finances. Our Bookkeeping Certificate program can give you the training and knowledge you need to succeed.

The essential job of a bookkeeper is to keep meticulously detailed financial records for a company or organization. Bookkeepers also keep track of accounts and verify the accuracy of procedures used for recording financial transactions.

Bookkeeping is a stable and in-demand profession, with Service Canada reporting that 80% of all bookkeepers find full-time employment. In addition, the average unemployment rate for bookkeepers is half as low as the average unemployment rate for other professions.

Career Opportunities

All businesses, regardless of their size, perform financial transactions, and all of them need bookkeepers. Many bookkeepers are self-employed, running small businesses and sub-contracting services to regular clients. Bookkeepers are employed by private companies, governments, and virtually every other type of institution.

Bookkeeping Courses

Certificate in Bookkeeping Program (Live Online)

The Certificate in Bookkeeping Program provides students with a thorough understanding of bookkeeping techniques and practices, and their application in both manual and computerized environments.

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Ashton’s Bookkeeping Certificate program made me more confident in my skills and abilities, and it’s because of that confidence that I was able to land consulting jobs and establish my own company.

Adela Brezai – Bookkeeping Certificate, 2010

The instructor was knowledgeable and presented the material in an extremely organized manner. I also found the teaching material extremely helpful and useful.

Sinan Qaimari – Certificate in Bookkeeping, 2012

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Faculty

  • Bhatia, Sanjay
  • Bhatia, Sanjay

    Bookkeeping

    Sanjay Bhatia is a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 15 years of international experience working in the fields of bookkeeping, accounting, taxation in the United States, India and Canada. He is passionate about developing technical and professional skills of students demanded by employers in today’s highly competitive industry. He believes in sharing his wealth of experience and knowledge by imparting result-oriented education to future professionals.

    Sanjay has been teaching computerized accounting to students and he has taught various classes on accounting software, such as Sage 50. He is QuickBooks Desktop Certified and has also acquired certification in Sage Accounting. Sanjay worked at H&R Block for a few tax seasons and worked as an instructor imparting education and preparing future tax professionals to work during tax season.

    Currently, Sanjay is working for a construction company handling the day to day office work and accounting for all its group companies and joint ventures. He also works part-time for a public accounting firm working on various projects ranging from bookkeeping to preparing taxes for corporations and individual taxation.

  • Darbyson, Rhonda
  • Darbyson, Rhonda

    Bookkeeping

    Rhonda Darbyson has over 20 years of practical business experiences as a small business owner, administrative assistant, and bookkeeper in the retail, service, manufacturing, and non-profit sectors. In addition to performing all aspects of full-cycle accounting, she has also created business plans for several successful start-ups, as well as written multiple funding proposals and job bids.

    Rhonda holds a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology, Diploma in Business Administration majoring in Accounting, Provincial Instructor Diploma, as well as certificates in Learner-Centered Instruction and Office Adminstration. As a bookkeeping and office administration instructor for the past nine years, Rhonda strives to create learner-centered, collaborative, innovative learning experiences to promote student motivation, engagement, and success.

  • Kawa, Zahra
  • Kawa, Zahra

    Bookkeeping

    Zahra comes to Ashton with over 15 years of experience in accounting and finance. Having worked in different capacities in public practice, private, public and not-for-profit organizations, her experience spans over diverse industries such as aviation, transportation, construction, and telecommunications. As an educator, she has experience in facilitating CPA modules, in-class workshops and teaching CPA candidates. Zahra holds an Honours Degree in Commerce and has a Certified Professional Accountant designation for British Columbia.

  • Ellacott, Cynthia
  • Ellacott, Cynthia

    Bookkeeping

    Cynthia Ellacott, is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) who has worked to enhance both large and small business by reviewing processes and making recommendations for changes. She has been working in the accounting field since she was a teenager in her family business. She started doing ledger accounting when she was thirteen before the start of accounting programs. She received her accounting designation in 2000.

    Cynthia had worked in many organizations from construction companies owned by her family, to real estate companies (Intrawest Blackcomb), private schools and medical clinics. Currently, Cynthia is working as a Public Accountant, supporting charities and startup companies, and doing personal and corporate taxes.

     

  • Tawadrous, Emad
  • Tawadrous, Emad

    Bookkeeping

    Emad Tawadrous has the following academic credentials:

    • Taxation studies from John Molson School of Business Concordia University Montréal, Québec
    • Master’s degree in Managerial & Cost Accounting from the High Institute of Accounting Studies, Alexandria University Egypt
    • Bachelor’s degree in Professional Accounting, Accounting Sciences and Management Accounting from Alexandria University Egypt

    Emad assisted a Taxation lecturer at the John Molson School of Business of Concordia University (Montréal, Québec). He has more than 12 years of experience in accounting & auditing obtained in various companies across Canada & Egypt. Emad volunteers for many charities around Canada by assisting with individual income tax preparation.

  • Bhaimeya, Ummul Banin
  • Bhaimeya, Ummul Banin

    Bookkeeping

    Ummul Banin H Bhaimeya has over 17 years of practical accounting experience, mainly working for public practices. She has a vast knowledge of organizations within various trades. She earned her Chartered Accountancy Professional Designation from ACCA UK in 2004 and has held her CGA designation for ten years.

    With her practical knowledge and strong foundations in accounting, Ummul is thrilled to instil the knowledge into students who share her enthusiasm in Financial Accounting.

  • Kurian, John
  • Kurian, John

    Bookkeeping

    John Kurian is a professionally trained and experienced accounting instructor with over 20 years of experience in the fields of corporate accounting, finance, merger and acquisitions, technology, and education. He is passionate about teaching and e-learning and draws on his practical experience when teaching accounting, business, and technology courses. He believes that good hands-on training and learning real-world experience are key in developing successful accounting knowledge, skill sets in managing business operations. John has taught accounting and business courses in six provinces in China and has developed courses and taught or facilitated in professional accounting degree programs and MBA and graduate programs for leading universities in Canada.

  • Kam, Karbo
  • Kam, Karbo

    Bookkeeping

    Karbo Kam obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Sauder School Business with a minor in English Language. She is a Chartered Accountant and completed her articling requirements with KPMG in Vancouver with a focus on financial institutions.

    Karbo has both industry and public practice experience and is excited to contribute to the development of students in the Bookkeeping and Business programs.

  • Rajan, Shabira
  • Rajan, Shabira

    Bookkeeping

    Shabira Rajan is a senior financial executive who has over twenty years of work experience, in both the private and public sectors. Shabira is a Certified General Accountant, holds a Master of Business Administration and an Advanced Specialty Certificate in Forensic Science Technology, Forensic and Investigative Accounting Option. Currently, she provides financial management services to various clients. Shabira also facilitates courses for CGA BC.

    She is excited to share her financial management and computerized accounting knowledge with the students at Ashton College.

  • Shim, Dong
  • Shim, Dong

    Bookkeeping

    Dong Shim is a Canadian Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Illinois. Dong graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and has a wealth of experience working with both public and private companies in areas of accounting, tax and assurance.

    Dong worked as an audit partner at a public accounting firm until starting his own firm in 2013.

  • Abad, Luz
  • Abad, Luz

    Bookkeeping

    Luz Abad comes to Ashton College with a wealth of experience in the accounting and bookkeeping fields as well as in teaching. Luz holds a Bachelor of Accounting, a BC Provincial Instructor Diploma, and a licence in Life, Accident & Sickness Insurance. Luz has been in the finance industry for more than 15 years and has held positions with Proctor and Gamble, Vancity, the Burnaby School District, Embers, and Vancouver Community College.

  • Koo, Nicholas
  • Koo, Nicholas

    Bookkeeping

    Nicholas Koo is a Chartered Accountant and graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He articled with an accounting firm in Vancouver providing a variety of accounting services for private and public companies in areas such as financial reporting, assurance, taxation and bookkeeping.

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