Certificate in Accounting Program (Live Online)

  • Format:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    240 hours

  • Application Fee:

    $200 (Domestic)

    $300 (International)

  • Tuition Fee:

    $3,450 (Domestic)

    $4,485 (International)

Start Date

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Full Time: April 19, 2021 – July 13, 2021

Part Time: June 01, 2021 – January 08, 2022

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Program Overview

Our Certificate in Accounting program offers the most effective path for students to earn Canadian accounting credentials. Whether you are new to the accounting profession or have international training and are looking to enter the Canadian job market, this program will ensure you are fully prepared to attain work in Canada.

The demand for accountants in Canada is high and an accounting career is an excellent choice for professionals seeking job stability and competitive wages. In every industry, there are opportunities for accountants and clear paths for professional growth.

The program develops students’ accounting skills through practical techniques. Delivery is done entirely through our live online format, allowing students to participate from anywhere in the world, so long as they have internet access. The program also has a full-time (mornings or evenings) and part-time option, allowing even the busiest student to enrol.

Goals of the Program

  • To train students in the practices of accounting, fostering conceptual knowledge and critical thought leading to the development of problem-solving ability in the accounting areas.
  • To familiarize students with the basic accounting fundamentals for managing both a personal/service-type business and a merchandising business.
  • To introduce students to Sage 50 Accounting and QuickBooks accounting software.

CBA Accreditation

Ashton’s Certificate in Accounting Program is accredited by the Canadian Bookkeepers Association (CBA). Graduates of this program can apply for a CBA membership to become Registered Professional Bookkeepers with the association. The CBA is a national non-profit association established in 2003. The CBA advances bookkeeping professionals in Canada and furthers the bookkeeping industry.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the basic and advanced accounting equations to all supporting journals, ledgers, and worksheets
  • Apply the knowledge and skills necessary to perform accounting duties satisfactorily
  • Evaluate cases and make sound decisions to solve problems and issues related to accounting
  • Set up QuickBooks, enter data accurately, and manage the accounting function for a small business
  • Set up Sage 50, enter data accurately, and manage the accounting function
  • Utilize double-entry accounting by understanding the impacts of debits and credits for all account types

Career Options

Job openings in the accounting field are predicted to significantly increase over the next few years. Some possible career opportunities include:

  • Accounting Assistant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounting Technician

Course Descriptions

CA 01: Financial Accounting – Basics (30 hours)

This course provides an overview of the financial reporting process. It concentrates on the recording process and the production of financial statements. Perfect for non-accounting majors, accounting topics are presented in small, manageable segments, using clear language and plentiful visuals. The course introduces simple tools to allow students to analyze financial information and explain the information contained in the financial statements in their future roles as managers, investors, or other users of financial accounting information.

CA 02: Financial Accounting – Advanced (42 hours)

Building on CA 01 Financial Accounting- Basics, this course presents students with more advanced topics in Financial Accounting. Advanced topics provide students with in-depth knowledge of assets and depreciation, and examining intangible assets and leases. Students will explore and learn about current liabilities and contingencies. They will examine stockholders equity and earnings, as well as accounting changes and error corrections.

CA 03: Computerized Accounting 1 – Sage 50 Accounting (40 hours)

This course is designed to introduce students to Sage 50 Accounting. Highlights include an overview of the interface followed by a detailed look at creating a company, defining company settings and entering historical data. Coverage of the core modules in Sage 50 Accounting as well as the most common transactions, periodic processing and reporting are also discussed. Students will have an overview of the setup and use of payroll and inventory, followed by a detailed look at how to use projects, time slips and time and billing, budgets, multicurrency and departmental accounting. This is followed by a look at advanced reporting, database management, year-end, customizing forms, and concludes with the topic on users and security.

CA 04: Computerized Accounting 2 – Quickbooks (32 hours)

This course is an introduction to QuickBooks. It provides hands-on instruction regarding how to set up QuickBooks for use as a system for small businesses. This course will teach students how to use many of the features available in QuickBooks. Participants will learn about the types of information they need to track in their business and will become familiar with the most common tasks required, as well as the more advanced functions of the software.

CA 05: Cost Accounting (32 hours)

This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of fundamental cost accounting techniques for use in a manufacturing and service environment. Emphasis is placed on product/service cost determination using Job Order Systems, Process Costing systems and Standard Cost practices. Budget topics are also addressed.

CA 06: Taxation and Payroll (36 hours)

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the Income Tax Act and regulations to determine the Income Tax Liability as it applies mainly to individuals and businesses. The course allows students to learn how to prepare a simple tax return for an individual resident of Canada and to use the knowledge gained from this course to solve problems relating to the taxation of individuals resident and non-resident of Canada. Students will also study GST and HST. The course is a comprehensive and practical approach to federal and provincial legislation relating to the payroll function. This course provides an overview of the requirements for processing payroll calculations and administrating the payments to employees, government agencies and other parties in compliance with laws, regulations and contractual arrangements. Students will learn how to prepare hourly, salaried and commission payroll. They will also learn payroll law, record maintenance, pay cheque and statement preparation, T4 preparation, and how current source deduction rules affect payroll preparation. WCA, Revenue Canada Taxation, Records of Employment and Stats Canada reporting are covered, as well as Employment Standards.

CA 07: Audit (28 hours)

The course is a comprehensive and practical approach to federal and provincial legislation relating to audit reports on financial statements. It will overview audit reports on the effectiveness of internal controls, various ways auditors gather evidence, and the role of professional skepticism in evaluating audit evidence. Prioritizing risks, auditor independence rules, audit of sales and receipts purchases, disbursements, and payroll cycle will all be covered as well.

Admission Requirements

This certificate program assumes a prior knowledge of basic computer skills which includes a small amount of computer experience, understanding of email, word processing, and spreadsheets.

Applicants must meet the requirements of our Admissions Policy.

NOTE: We have made special temporary arrangements to accept the result of the Duolingo Online Test for those Applicants who are unable to access our existing English Language Proficiency testing options due to test centre closures. Please refer to this memorandum for further information. 


Live Online

Full Time:

  • April 19, 2021 – July 13, 2021
    • Webinars are held Monday to Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort

Part Time:

  • June 01, 2021 – January 08, 2022
    • Webinars are held Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm PST
    • Seminars and laboratory times are decided at the start of the cohort


Tuition fees for this program are due and payable 2 weeks prior to the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided they produce proof of funding before the cohort start date.

All formats of the program are eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and bank financing. However, students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and are advised to contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.

Application and tuition fees for this program are as follows:

  • Application fee: $200 (Domestic Students) or $300 (International Students)
  • Tuition fee (Domestic): $3,450
  • Tuition fee (International): $4,485

Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of the required textbooks. The approximate textbook fee is $1,000.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. For the online classes, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better learning experience.

This program was reviewed and approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

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