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Bookkeeping for Small Business Certificate

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Know your numbers

If you are organized, focused, and detail-oriented, a career in bookkeeping can offer you great benefits, such as flexible working hours, the option of working from home, and a steady income.

UFV’s seasoned instructors teach you how to keep track of expenses, generate cash flow statements, keep on top of payroll demands, and complete taxation forms. When you graduate, you are ready to keep the books for small or home-based businesses and bring clarity to their financial statements. Since bookkeeping professionals are employed in almost every industry, you have an excellent breadth of employment options.

To register, phone 604-854-4501 or toll free at 1-888-823-8734

Credential: Certificate

Format: Full time (12 weeks), Part time (6 months or 1–3 years)

Delivery: Online or Hybrid

Days and times: Day time (full time), evenings (part time)

Location: Abbotsford — Clearbrook Centre, Chilliwack campus — Canada Education Park

Tuition*: $3337 (books and supplies not included)

Application deadline:
As there is no application process for this program, you can register at any time.

* Tuition subject to change without notice. Textbooks are not included in tuition.

Employment facts

WorkBC projects that from 2015 to 2025, there will be 10,690 job openings for bookkeepers and accounting technicians in British Columbia, 76% from replacement, and 24% from growth.

Bookkeepers work for a range of businesses and organizations including:

  • Local businesses
  • Professional business services, such as law firms or insurance offices
  • Retail stores
  • Wholesale businesses
  • Restaurants
  • Construction and manufacturing sectors
  • Non-profit organizations
  • and more.

Many bookkeepers choose to start their own business and provide services to multiple clients.

Program outline

The Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate program is one of the most popular programs at UFV Continuing Education. Our graduates are able to take the skills they learn in our classrooms and apply it to a career which offers the potential for flexible working hours, the ability to work from home and a steady income in a challenging and rewarding environment.

Our program offers flexible schedules and our small class sizes afford our students the opportunity to work closely with industry professionals and peers!


To obtain a certificate in Bookkeeping for Small Business, you must successfully complete the following courses:

  • Bookkeeping I
  • Bookkeeping II
  • Microsoft Excel Level I
  • Sage 50 Level I
  • Sage 50 Level II
  • Payroll Accounting

  • Expand your electronic accounting skill set to include Quickbooks 2021. Quickbooks is an additional course that enhances your expertise. It is not a requirement of the Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate.

Three options for completion.

  • The part-time bundled option allows you to register for all the courses at once and complete the program in 6 months.
  • The part-time unbundled option allows you to register for courses individually at your own pace and complete the program in as soon as 6 months or up to 3 years.
  • The accelerated option is full-time and allows you to complete the program in 12 weeks.
    Please note that students in the accelerated program cannot swap accelerated courses for part-time courses.

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Materials required

  • Textbooks
  • USB/Memory Stick
  • Calculator
  • Writing supplies

Phone: 604-851-6324
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441 ext. 6324

“I selected UFV Continuing Education’s Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate because it was the best fit at the best price. Some programs were double the price and were not as comprehensive in what they covered. And UFV’s program is based on Sage, which is the software I’m using where I work.”
  • – Kate McGladdery
  •    Bookkeeping for Small Business grad

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