Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate

Credential Certificate
Tuition Per Course
Duration 1-3 years (part-time)
12 weeks (full-time)
Intakes Continuous
Campus Abbotsford campus, Abbotsford Clearbrook centre, Chilliwack Canada Education Park, and Chilliwack Five Corners
Days & Times Evening & weekend (part-time)
Daytime (full-time)

A career in bookkeeping will allow you flexible working hours, the possibility of working from home, a steady income, and a challenging and rewarding career. In our certificate program you will learn about the general bookkeeping issues faced by small or home-based businesses. You will be taught how to keep track of expenses, generate cash flow statements, keep on top of payroll demands, and  complete various taxation forms. 

Program Information

Our Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate offers you flexibility to study the specific courses you need. All of the courses in this program may be taken individually or applied to the Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate.

This certificate program is delivered through UFV’s Continuing Education department and consists of six courses designed with small and home-based businesses in mind.


If you plan to earn your Bookkeeping for Small Businesses certificate, courses may be taken in this order:


  • Bookkeeping Level I and II
  • MS Excel Level I
  • Payroll Accounting
  • Sage 50 Level I
  • Sage 50 Level II

You will receive a grade mark for each course in the program on classroom participation, assignments, study projects, and examination results. You must achieve a 75 percent overall grade average and attendance of 80 percent in each course to earn the certificate. The grading procedure for this program is based on UFV’s Applied Business Technology grading system policy. Letter grades are awarded; students, if they choose, can order and pay for official transcripts upon completion of the entire program.

Who knows more about Bookkeeping duties than those who are currently working in the industry? Not only do our instructors have high academic qualifications, but they are also current, successful practitioners of the ideas they will be sharing with you. They are committed instructors who are passionate about communicating their knowledge and cultivating enthusiasm in their students.



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Current Course Offerings

Bookkeeping courses

NOTE: These courses may be applied to toward the Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate program.

Current Course Offerings

Payroll Accounting
Prerequisite: Bookkeeping I, II, & MS Excel I
Learn to manage and maintain a payroll accounting system, with an emphasis on the calculation of earnings and deductions to conform to federal and provincial laws and accounting best practices. This is a general course that is not specific to any one business.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook Centre
(80252 SDU PAC01 A5A) 11 sessions, Tue, Thu, 6:30–9:30 pm, $485 
Starts Nov 12

CHILLIWACK  Canada Education Park
(80231 SDU PAC01 C5A) 11 sessions, Mon, Wed, Fri, 9 am–12 pm, $485 
Starts Nov 13

Sage 50 Level I
Prerequisite: Bookkeeping Level I and II, and Payroll Accounting
Explore the features of Sage’s Simply Accounting, an integrated bookkeeping/accounting software that is a small-business standard. Learn about journal entries, purchases/sales orders, quotes, invoicing, receipts, and payments for payables, receivables, and inventory. The course also covers reporting and tax features. Please note: Sage software is not compatible with Mac computers.

Chilliwack  UFV Five Corners
(80228 MCW 35 F5A) 10 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $535
Starts Nov 16

Sage 50 Level II
Prerequisite: Bookkeeping I & II, Payroll, and Sage 50 Level I
Level II builds on Level I principles and covers Simply Accounting setup, working with foreign currency, payroll transactions, security,
year-end, budgets, and projects. Sage software is not compatible with Mac computers.

CHILLIWACK — Canada Education Park
(80230 MCW 36 C5A) 7 sessions, Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30 pm–3:30 pm, $405
Starts Nov 13

(80257 MCW 36 F5A) Gary Kwan, 7 sessions, Tue, Thu, 6:30–9:30 pm, $405
Starts Nov 24

MS Excel Level I
Through a series of hands-on projects, learn how to use MS Excel to create spreadsheets that include Autosum, conditional formatting, formulas, and absolute addresses. Develop or edit spreadsheets using a variety of MS Excel attributes and build up your new skills by creating charts. Bring a memory stick to class.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook Centre
(80222 MCW 180 A5C) 5 sessions, Tue, Thu, 6:30–9:30 pm, $299. 
Starts Nov 24
(80243 MCW 180 A5B) 5 sessions, Tue, Thu, 6:30–9:30 pm, $299.
Starts Nov 5

 updated Nov 3, 2015

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