The Capilano University Award of Achievement in Bookkeeping is a part-time program for those wanting an understanding of fundamental accounting principles and how to apply them in a practical, computer-based environment. Hands-on courses filled with insights from industry professionals give you the confidence to build your own career or expand your role in your organization.

Get Organized:

Step into a rewarding and in-demand career in private bookkeeping. Learn fundamental skills that will help you manage your own or your family’s business, or to take on bookkeeping tasks in the small-business and non-profit sectors.

Learn relevant, in-demand skills:

The courses in the program cover key aspects of bookkeeping and accounting fundamentals. The approach is hands-on, so you will:

  • Understand the accounting cycle and the principles of double-entry bookkeeping
  • Learn practical strategies for tracking and remitting federal and provincial sales taxes, CPP, EI, and income tax for employees
  • Set up an existing company’s bookkeeping or start a new computerized system
  • Explore strategies for using QuickBooks to create custom invoices, track purchases and payments, and produce financial statements for improved decision-making
  • Ensure accurate information is collected and maintained
  • Identify the legal structures and basic reporting requirements for different types of organizations.
  • Use basic and intermediate functions of Excel to support accounting software and to summarize and export detailed financial transactions.

Who is the Award of Achievement in Bookkeeping for?

While the Award of Achievement in Bookkeeping is open to everyone, it will be particularly useful for:

  • Administrative assistants wishing to expand their skills and grow within their organization
  • Experienced bookkeepers wishing to transition from a paper-based system to a computerized accounting software platform
  • Family members of small-business owners wishing to take over the books for the family business
  • Those who need flexibility in their schedule, but want to learn new skills and earn part-time income from home.

The courses:

The courses that comprise the Award of Achievement in Bookkeeping are broken down into Core courses and Electives. You must complete five courses (three Core courses plus two Electives within a specified time frame). Courses are 10 to 18 hours in length and vary from three to six sessions:

CORE COURSES (Mandatory):
ELECTIVE COURSES (Select any 2):

*Bookkeeping Capstone Project
The Bookkeeping Capstone Project is a mandatory component of the Award of Achievement in Bookkeeping and lets you apply the skills you learned in class to a real-world, practical experience of your choice. It gives you the opportunity to work on a bookkeeping project and get credit for bookkeeping work experience (paid or volunteer) with support and mentorship from an instructor. The project must be pre-approved by the instructor and is typically completed within four to six weeks.

Can the courses be taken as a one-off Continuing Studies course, without having to enroll in the Award of Achievement program?

Yes, you can take the courses individually, just like any other Continuing Studies course. Except of course for the Capstone Project. The Capstone Project can only be taken if you’re enrolled in the Award of Achievement in Bookkeeping program.

Additional requirements and timelines

  • Intent to complete the Award of Achievement in Bookkeeping must be declared by the end of the first term in which you take a course that could be applied the Award.
  • All five courses must be completed within two calendar years (it’s important to note that you don’t have to take all the courses at once; you can stagger them over time).

If you have any questions, please email us.

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