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Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate

This 660-hour (22-week) program is for students who wish to be accounting assistants or bookkeepers. During the program, students complete courses in business math and calculators, spreadsheets, payroll, manual and computerized accounting, and accounting office procedures, as well as a capstone course, and a three-week practicum. Graduates of the program may begin immediate employment as accounting assistants in small, medium and large businesses performing accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and general bookkeeping duties. Some graduates of this program may use their accounting skills to establish home-based bookkeeping businesses. Graduates may continue their education as selected courses are recognized by other organizations such as Okanagan College Business Administration, Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB) and the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA).

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. Secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
  • English 11 with minimum 50% or alternatives; or a minimum score of 70% on an Okanagan College Office Administration English entrance test.
  • Pass in Math 11 (or equivalent) or a minimum score of 70 on an Okanagan College Office Administration math entrance test.


  • Completion of the Okanagan College Office Assistant Certificate.

Program Outline

OADM 130 Business Math and Calculators
OADM 142 Payroll Accounting
OADM 143 Accounting I
OADM 144 Accounting II
OADM 145 Essential Office Skills
OADM 152 Accounting Software I
OADM 155 Accounting Software II
OADM 156 Accounting/Bookkeeping Simulation
OADM 169A Spreadsheet I
OADM 169B Spreadsheets II
OADM 181 Job Search Techniques
OADM 183 Practicum - Accounting

Program Area:

Office Administration

Campus (Intake):

  • Distance (Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov)
  • Kelowna (Sep)




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $3,161.80


Only the in-class program is student loan eligible.

For Distance:

You may start this program the first Monday of the month: September - November or January - March

Please check with an advisor for Distance education options.

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/07/2022