Admission Requirements Program StructureSchedule and Fees Courses Registration

The key to business success starts with professional bookkeeping. The Bookkeeping Certificate is designed to offer participants a thorough understanding of bookkeeping techniques and practices and how to apply them using both manual and computerized methods

Admission Requirements

To enroll in a Keyano College Continuing Education course, you must be 18 years of age or older. A minimum of a high school diploma and relevant work experience is recommended; however, we encourage you to discuss your situation and needs with a program administrator.  Students entering the Bookkeeping Certificate program are expected to have computer skills that include the comprehensive understanding of word processing, spreadsheets, and website navigation. Students will be expected to demonstrate these computer skills throughout the program. For students who DO NOT have the required computer skills, it is recommended to enroll in Computer Fundamentals (CECOMP100), Excel Level 1 and 2 (CEEXCEL01, CEEXCEL02).

Program structure

This program is delivered in a blended learning format

Students will access the Keyano Learning Management System ( ) for all course materials and online components within the course timeframe. This is designed to increase accessibility and flexibility within the program

All course materials will be posted on Moodle, and you will be able to access them prior to your course start date.  Please email Continuing Education or call 780-715-3903  if you don’t know your credential.

 Schedule 2022 - 2023
Course Schedule
Course CodeTermCourse NameDate/DayTimeRoomTuition



Sage 50 Level I

Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, 2023 (Sat)

8:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.

S105 (Hyflex)




Quickbooks 2020

Mar 18, 19, 25, 2023 (Sat)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.





Payroll Administration

Apr 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 2023 (Sat)

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.




Courses may be completed individually, or complete the five required courses to achieve your Bookkeeping certificate.  A minimum of 80% attendance is required in all courses. 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.

TEXTBOOK: Accounting Basics: An Introduction for Non-Accounting Majors, Eric A. Weinstein, 2014, Labyrinth Learning

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

TEXTBOOK: Accounting Basics: An Introduction for NonAccounting Majors, Eric A. Weinstein, 2014, Labyrinth Learnin

Quickbooks Premium (CEBKEEP 300)

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.

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: Introduction to Payroll Administration, 4th Edition, McGraw Hill, Alan Dryden.

Sage 50 2020 Level 1 (CEACCT 110)

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 Simply Accounting.

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

TEXTBOOK: Purbhoo, M. (2020). Using Sage 50 Accounting 2020. Pearson

Instructor Biography  

Coert Erasmus

Coert joined the Keyano College faculty in 2019 and is an instructor in the Business programs. He holds a Ph.D. in Management Studies and a Master of Commerce in Business Management from the University of South Africa. Coert completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pretoria where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Financial Management Sciences and a Bachelor of Commerce in Investment Management degree. Coert started his teaching career in 2010 and has extensive experience in the post-secondary education environment. 

Coert's knowledge of finance allows him to interpret financial statements and draw conclusions about business activities based on the financial results. Coert also published research papers on different topics in finance and banking.

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.


Visit the Keyano College Continuing Education Registration page.

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