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, and Chilliwack Canada Education Park
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
  • Simply Accounting Level I and 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 I
This course emphasizes the practical aspects as well as the theoretical foundations of bookkeeping. The course text, Accounting for Canadian Colleges, along with the working papers, is available at UFV bookstore. You should bring a calculator to class.

(80093 SDU BK01 A5B) Winston McNicol, 15 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $525.
Starts Oct 20

MS Excel 2013 Level I
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 finalize your new skills by creating charts. You’ll practise your skills using a number of projects. Purchase Shelly Cashman text at the UFV bookstore prior to class. We recommend that you purchase and bring a memory stick with a minimum storage capacity of 3gb.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(80120 MCW 180 A5C) Fariba Jafary, 5 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $299.
Starts Nov 3

CHILLIWACK — Canada Education Park
(80092 MCW 180 C5C) Gary Kwan, 5 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $299.
Starts Nov 24

Payroll Accounting
Prerequisite: Bookkeeping I, II, & MS Excel I
This is a general payroll accounting course not specific to any one business. If you have a basic knowledge of accounting, this course will teach you to perform functions related to the maintenance of a payroll accounting system. Emphasis is on the actual calculation of earnings and deductions that conform to federal and provincial laws and good accounting practices. We’ll cover the completion of forms required by law and the necessary accounting entries are performed along with basic payroll recordkeeping. Course material is included in course fee.

CHILLIWACK — Canada Education Park
(80090 SDU PAC01 C5A) Gary Kwan, 11 sessions, Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30–3:30 pm, $485.
Starts Nov 10

Sage 50 Level I (Previously Simply Accounting)
Prerequisite: Bookkeeping Level I and II, and Payroll
This integrated bookkeeping/accounting software package is a small-business standard. The course covers journal entries, purchases/ sales orders and quotes, invoicing, receipts and payments for payables, receivables, and inventory. You will also become familiar with the reporting and tax features of Simply Accounting. Payroll is not covered. Purchase text at UFV bookstore prior to class.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(80017 MCW 35 A5A) Linda Swanepoel, 10 sessions, Tue, Thu, 6:30–9:30 pm, $535.
Starts Oct 28

Sage 50 Level II (Previously Simply Accounting)
Prerequisite: Bookkeeping I & II, Payroll, and Sage 50 Level I
This course does not teach accounting fundamentals. Level II covers accounts setup, working with foreign currency, payroll transactions, security, year-end, budgets, and projects. Purchase text from UFV bookstore prior to class. We recommend that you purchase and bring a memory stick with a minimum storage capacity of 3gb.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook centre
(80145 MCW 36 A5A) Debra Smith, 7 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $405.
Starts Oct 27  *No class Nov 3 or 19.

CHILLIWACK — Canada Education Park
(80118 MCW 36 C5B) Gary Kwan, 7 sessions, Mon, Wed, Fri, 9 am–noon, $405.
Starts Nov 10

updated Oct 20, 2014

UFV Continuing Education Brochure Fall 2014

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