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The key to business success starts with bookkeeping. The Bookkeeping Certificate offers participants a thorough understanding of bookkeeping techniques and practices and how to apply them using manual and computerized methods.
This program is ideal for individuals who want to acquire the essential skills and knowledge required to set up and maintain a complete set of books for small to medium-sized businesses.

Admission Requirements

Students must be 18 years of age or older to enroll in Keyano College Continuing Education courses.

There is no admission requirement/application process to start a non-credit certificate program.

Please visit the Registration page.

*Bookkeeping Certificate students must have basic computer skills. If you don’t have the fundamental skills, we recommend you take EXCEL Level 1.

Program structure

Delivery Format: Blended Learning Format

All course materials will be posted on the Keyano Learning Management System ( before a course starts.

  • Students use their Keyano student credentials to access their accounts.
  • Please email or call 780-791-4801 if you don’t know your credential.


Courses may be completed individually, or complete the five required courses to achieve your Bookkeeping certificate. The passing grade for all courses is 60%.

Bookkeeping Courses

Introduction to Bookkeeping (CEBKEEP 100)

21 hours, $495

Learn how to record transactions, set up and maintain a set of books. Students apply their understanding of debits and credits as well as accounts and journal entries through practical case studies. This course focuses entirely on manual accounting procedures and assumes students have no prior knowledge of bookkeeping.

Required Textbook: Bookkeeping for Canadians for Dummies by Lita Epstein and Cecile Laurin. Textbooks are available at the Keyano Bookstore. 

Advanced Bookkeeping (CEBKEEP 200)

21 hours, $495

Expand your knowledge of accounting principles. This course studies these principles as they apply to the recording and presentation of assets, liabilities and equity. Students will be prepared for a career in accounting by exploring the concepts of detailed financial statements, including adjusting and closing entries.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Bookkeeping

Required Textbook: Bookkeeping for Canadians for Dummies by Lita Epstein and Cecile Laurin. Textbooks are available at the Keyano Bookstore. 

Quickbooks Online (CEBKEEP 302)

18 Hours, $495

Learn how this program can simplify the setup of a chart of accounts, reconcile chequing accounts, create and print inventory and receivables, create estimates, and generate reports. Topics covered in this course include an introduction to QuickBooks, basic accounting principles, backing up files, creating companies, working with vendors, working with customers, banking with QuickBooks, and more.

Sage 50 2020 Level 1 (CEBKEEP 305)

18 hours, $495

Level 1- Students will learn how to perform daily accounting tasks in the general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll. This course is geared towards someone whose primary responsibility is data entry in Sage 50.

NOTE: Students must bring their own USB drive, minimum 1GB, to this class.

TEXTBOOK: Using Sage 50 Accounting, 2022, M. Purbhoo

Payroll Administration (CEBKEEP 400)

21 hours, $495

Learn how to prepare hourly, salaried and commission payroll. Students will focus on a comprehensive study of federal and provincial legislation relating to the payroll function. They will also learn payroll law, record maintenance, pay cheque, and statement preparation, tax preparation and the effect of current source deduction rules on payroll preparation.


TEXTBOOK: An Introduction to Payroll Administration, 7th Canadian Edition, McGraw Hill, Alan Dryden.

Schedule and Fees

 All courses are subject to GST and a $5 tech fee. 
 Schedule 2023 - 2024

Course Schedule
Course CodeCourse NameHoursDateDelivery FormatTuition


Intro to Bookkeeping 


October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 2023




Advanced Bookkeeping


Nov 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 2023




Sage 50 Level 1


Feb 4, 11 & 25, 2024

In Person


CEBKEEP302 QuickBooks Online 18 Postponed In Person $495


Payroll Administration


April 13, 20, 27, TBA, 2024



Instructor Biography  

Joanne Hlina

Joanne Hlina has a Master of Arts from the University of British Columbia. She has taught numerous courses in the Business, Office Administration, and Continuing Education Programs at Keyano College; she also taught Communications at Okanagan University College for several years. Joanne owned a bookkeeping business, Pencil Pushers, in Kelowna, and has worked as a bookkeeper for a variety of companies.

Currently, she is the owner (with her partners) of a retail bakery in Vernon, BC, and of a commercial/retail bakery in Kelowna, BC. 

Student Testimonials

"Instructor makes sure students learn from experience. She encourage students to keep practicing. The Bookkeeping program is well organized, and instructor and staff were very helpful." - Laarni Pfleider

Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant provides funding to Alberta business to help hire and train employees. You can receive up to $10,000 per employee per year for skills training.

Keyano College has a list of pre-approved courses and program areas that are eligible for the grant.

Visit our Canada-Alberta Job Grant webpage for information on how to apply and employer benefits.


Please visit the Keyano College Continuing Education & Extended Studies registration page.

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