Admission Requirements Program StructureSchedule and Fees Courses Registration

Keyano College's Professional Bookkeeping Certificate program provides you with a thorough understanding of bookkeeping techniques and practices. The key to business success starts with professional bookkeeping. The program covers how to apply practical bookkeeping skills manually and with a computer.

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.  We also recommend that you have an understanding of word processing, spreadsheets and website navigation before entering the program.  If you do not have the required computer skills, we recommend that you take Computer Fundamentals (CECOMP100), Excel Level 1 and 2 (CEEXCEL01, CEEXCEL02).

Program structure

Fall courses will be delivered in the livestream online platform via Moodle and Zoom.

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 780-799-0535  if you don’t know your credential.

Schedule and Fees

Below is the schedule and fees for the Bookkeeping program.

 Fall 2020, winter 2021 schedule
Course   Code Semester Course Name Date/Day Time Room Tuition
CEBKEEP100-INT Fall Intro to Bookkeeping Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 2020 (Sat) 8:00am - 2:00pm Virtual Live Stream Online      $495.00
CEBKEEP200-INT Fall Advanced Bookkeeping Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 2020 (Sat) 8:00am - 2:00pm Virtual Live Stream Online      $495.00
CESACCT100-INT Fall Sage 50 Premium   Accounting 2017 Level I Nov 21, 28, Dec 5,   2020 (Sat) 8:00am - 4:00pm Virtual Live Stream Online      $495.00
CEBKEEP300-01 Winter Quickbooks  Jan 23, 30, Feb 6,   2021 (Sat) 8:00am - 3:00pm TBA      $495.00
CEBKEEP400-01 Winter Payroll   Administration Mar 6, 13, 20, 2021   (Sat) 8:00am - 4:00pm TBA      $495.00
 Optional courses
Course Code Semester Course Date/Day Time Room Tuition
CESACCT200-01 Winter Sage 50 Level 2 Apr 24, May 1, 8, 2021 (Sat) 8:00am - 3:00pm TBA $495 + GST
CEBKEEP500-01 Spring Financial Planning May 15, 29 & June 5, 12, 2021 (Sat) 8:30am - 1:00pm TBA  $495 + GST


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 - 21 hours, $495

Introduction to Bookkeeping is a 21-hour course that teaches you how to record transactions and how to set up and maintain a set of books. This course focuses on manual accounting procedures. Through practical case studies and exercises, you'll apply an understanding to debits, credits, accounts and journal entries.

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

Advanced Bookkeeping - 21 hours, $495

Advanced Bookkeeping is a 21-hour course that will expand on your knowledge of accounting principles and prepare you for your career in accounting. You'll learn how to apply advanced skills including recording and presenting assets, liabilities and equity. You'll apply your skills to detailed financial statements including adjusting and closing entries.

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Bookkeeping

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

Quickbooks Premium - 18 hours, $495

Quickbooks Premium is a 18-hour course where you'll learn how you can use Quickbooks to simplify the setup of a chart of accounts, reconcile chequing accounts, create and print inventory and receivables, create estimates and generate reports. The course covers basic accounting principles, backing up files, creating companies, working with vendors, working with customers, banking with QuickBooks and more.

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

TEXTBOOK:  QuickBooks  Premier  2017  Level  1,  Intuit,  CCI  Learning

Payroll Administration - 21 hours, $495

Payroll Administration is a 21-hour course that covers preparing hourly, salaried and commission payrolls. You'll learn payroll law and legislation, record maintenance, paycheque and statement preparation, tax preparation and the effect of current source deduction rules on payroll preparation.

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

Sage 50 Level 1 - 18 hours, $495

Sage 50 Level 1 is an 18-hour course that teaches you how to perform daily accounting tasks in the general ledger, accounts receivable and accounts payable modules. You will also learn how to do the initial setup of the general ledger, accounts receivable, and accounts payable modules. Learn how to handle accounting data entry effectively with Sage Accounting 50. 


You must complete Introduction to Bookkeeping and Computer Fundamentals (or equivalent) before starting the course. 

TEXTBOOKPurbhoo, M. (2020). Using Sage 50 Accounting 2020. Pearson. ISBN: 978-0-13-674652-2 


 Sage 50 Level 2 - 18 hours, $495

Sage 50 Premium Accounting 2020 Level 2 introduces some of the more advanced functions and capabilities of Sage 50 Accounting. It is designed for computer users who are already familiar with accounting with work experience in the basic operations of Sage 50 Premium Accounting and/or have completed Sage 50 Premium Accounting 2020 Level 1.

TEXTBOOKPurbhoo, M. (2020). Using Sage 50 Accounting 2020. Pearson. ISBN: 978-0-13-674652-2 

Financial Planning - Investment Strategies  - 18 hours, $495

Learn the basics of financial planning and investing and acquire the foundation for a career in the financial sector. Students will learn to evaluate income streams, research and evaluate financial products and invest with confidence, understanding risk tolerance and investment objectives. Other topics include spotting investment scams, discussing financial markets, evaluating tax-favored, tax-deferred and tax-free investing and understanding methods of tax savings. Learn to plan for retirement, invest in Real Estate and make money using Internet Marketing.

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.

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.


You can register for Continuing Education courses online, by phone at 780-799-0535 or email.

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