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Develop the skills to start a career as a bookkeeper or manage the books at your own small business in the eight-month Bookkeeping Certification for Canada at Capilano University.

Bookkeepers in Canada perform a vital role in accounting and finance, managing financial transactions and data to keep businesses large and small on track with their financial goals and taxation demands. 

In this 15-credit bookkeeping course program, you'll strengthen your existing skills with business computing, accounting, accounting computer applications, and business writing and editing courses.

StrongerBC future skills grant eligible

Students taking the Bookkeeping Certificate are eligible for the StrongerBC future skills grant.

The grant provides $3,500 toward tuition fees for students ages 19 or older registered in short-term training programs.

Learn more about the Bookkeeping Certificate

Scroll down to learn more about this business program or contact us at busadmin@capilanou.ca for more information.

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Study for your bookkeeping certification online

No need to relocate to one of our campuses to take this 8-month program. Study online and improve your skills without interrupting your life wherever you’re at within the online Bookkeeping Certificate program at CapU.

Career paths

  • Accounts receivable clerk
  • Accounting assistant
  • Certified Bookkeeper
  • Payroll clerk
  • Small business owner
  • Tax preparation

Add depth with an elective

In addition to the four standard courses in the Bookkeeping Certificate, you also need to select one elective course.

You're bound to find a fit in one of the four available courses: people management, entrepreneurship and small business management, financial accounting and professional selling skills.

Bookkeeping Certification Fast Facts

$47,969

average salary for Canadian bookkeepers

15

students per class

100%

online program

5

courses in the certificate

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Intakes

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 3, 2023 – Sep 3, 2024

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 2, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 19, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 3, 2023 – Sep 3, 2024

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 2, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 19, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Feb 6, 2024 – Jan 7, 2025

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Nov 12, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Dec 16, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Feb 6, 2024 – Jan 7, 2025

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Nov 12, 2024

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Dec 16, 2024

Important dates

Applications open

Jun 4, 2024 – May 6, 2025

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Mar 3, 2025

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Apr 29, 2025

Important dates

Applications open

Jun 4, 2024 – May 6, 2025

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Mar 3, 2025

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Apr 29, 2025

NOTE: Important dates may change.

How to Apply

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay an application fee of $50, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs. 
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If you are currently in Grade 12, you must request that the Ministry of Education submit your transcript directly to Capilano University.
  • Documents must be in the original language of issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

For students who have previously attended post-secondary, even though you submitted a digital copy of your transcripts on EducationPlannerBC, you must submit official university or college transcripts for transfer credit.

Please send all official documents to:

Registrar's Office
Library Building, Room LB152
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and the signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing university or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Once you've been accepted into a program, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
  • If you wish to receive transfer credits, please submit official university/college/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced Placements (AP) transcripts either electronically or by mail:

     

    Registrar's Office
    Library Building, Room LB152
    2055 Purcell Way
    North Vancouver, BC
    V7J 3H5

New Students

Most CapU programs need proof that you:

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of C$135, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs.
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If your original transcripts and supporting documents are not written in English, please submit a translated copy.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.
Funding for International Students

You've already sent digital copies of your transcripts to EducationPlannerBC as part of your CapU application, but we also need physical copies of your official high school, college or university transcripts.

If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

Please send your official documents to:

Capilano University
Centre for International Experience, Room LB127
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

Students must submit official high school and university or college transcripts for admission.

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing high school, university, or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

If you are accepted into a program, you will receive a letter of offer in your myCapU email inbox.

  • You will need to confirm your acceptance into the program by paying a tuition deposit outlined in your letter of offer.
  • This deposit will go towards your first-semester tuition once you are registered for courses at CapU.

After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox. This may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.

  • Depending on your citizenship, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.
Permits & Visas

Once you've been accepted into a program and have applied for your study permit, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted international students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
Info for Admitted International Students

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Transfer Students

Find out how you can transfer your credits from another post-secondary institution to CapU.

Applying as a Transfer Student

Returning Students

If you're returning to CapU to complete your program or to apply into a new program, please contact the Registrar's Office.

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Switching Programs

If you want to change your program of study, you need to submit a new application to CapU.

Re-apply to CapU

Tuition and Fees

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $2,157 $1,470 $3,627
Total $2,157 $1,470 $3,627
Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $9,660 $1,470 $11,130
Total $9,660 $1,470 $11,130

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Entrance Awards

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Term Awards

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Required Courses

Required Courses

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
BCPT 123Business Computing Basics3.00 credits
BFIN 141Introductory Accounting I3.00 credits
BFIN 249Accounting Software and Reporting Systems3.00 credits
CMNS 100Introduction to Workplace Communication3.00 credits
Choose 3.00 credits from the following list:
BADM 202People Management3.00 credits
BADM 268Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management3.00 credits
BFIN 142Financial Accounting I3.00 credits
BMKT 263Relationship Selling3.00 credits

Total program credits: 15.00

Learning outcomes

  • Prepare business emails, letters and memos using fundamental principles of grammar, punctuation, and written communication skills so that the message is clearly transmitted.
  • Apply basic math skills in the computation of the numerical aspects of business situations.
  • Analyze and record basic accounting transactions accurately and thoroughly for different types of business organizations.
  • Operate Microsoft Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint as software tools to be used in a business setting.
  • Record accounting transactions using a variety of computerized accounting programs.
  • Produce an effective team project which links high-performance team and group concepts.
  • Use their resume, letters of application, interviewing techniques and other job strategies to seek employment and complete a two week practicum placement.

How to Declare

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

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About this program

School of Business
604 990 7809
Cedar Building, room CE342
busadmin@capilanou.ca

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Library Building, room LB152

604-984-4900
604-984-1798 (fax)
registration@capilanou.ca