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    Accounting Techniques

Program Code:ACT
Duration:2 semesters (1 Year)
Start Dates:Summer, Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

The Accounting Techniques (ACT) program is designed to provide you with a solid background in accounting and computerized bookkeeping. Its short, intensive format helps you focus on such critical skills as financial reporting, practical experience with accounting software packages, and training in business communication. Complete the program successfully and you’ll be equipped to work in organizations of all types and sizes as Accounting Clerks, Bookkeepers, Administrative Assistants, Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerks, etc.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand and apply generally accepted accounting principles for the purposes of financial reporting.
  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of cost accounting, including the derivation of product costs, for financial reporting purposes.
  • Prepare basic personal income tax returns, and understand and apply the principles of other major taxes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of generally accepted auditing standards in an internal control environment.
  • Understand and apply the basic concepts and business applications of computer information systems, including skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and integrated accounting software.
  • Understand and apply the techniques of business mathematics to support the accounting function of an organization.
  • Apply effective interpersonal skills to support the accounting function of an organization.
  • Apply ethics and corporate responsibility to all aspects of work completed.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Give yourself a career with options. Become a professional bookkeeper with the one–year Accounting Techniques certificate program and you could work for yourself, a small family–run business, a large corporation or anything in between. You’ll enjoy the flexibility to do it all. From accounts payable to accounts receivable to payroll and beyond, you could play a critical role in any company’s financial success by providing it with a strong bookkeeping foundation.

Seneca, in co–operation with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB), now offers this two–semester (eight–month) program that allows you to earn four of the nine courses required for CIB’s professional bookkeeping designation; and prepares you for a career in bookkeeping and entry–level accounting.

A 2009 benchmark study conducted by the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada found that over 54% of individuals employed in bookkeeping have college or university–level education; and those with a professional bookkeeping designation earn significantly higher pay that those without.

Bookkeeping lends itself well to career advancement. There are numerous options for accreditation in the field of accounting, the majority of which are easy to obtain while working.

Bookkeepers are in demand as accounts receivable/payable clerks/supervisors, administrative assistants, payroll administrators, office managers, budget co– ordinators and assistant controllers.

Transfer Options within Seneca

The School of Accounting and Financial Services offers seamless transfer to a multitude of degree, diploma and certificate programs, given a common first year in most diploma and certificate programs within the Faculty of Business.

Professional Certification

The students who successfully complete the ACT program of study will earn four of nine academic courses required for the Certified Bookkeeper designation awarded by the Canadian Institute of Bookkeepers (CIB). The remaining courses required for the designation are offered as part of Seneca’s Accounting diploma program (ACC).

For more information on the CIB, please visit

CGA Ontario Learning Centre

Grow your accounting and finance skill set in a space dedicated to supporting and engaging Seneca students, whether at the introductory or advanced levels of their accounting studies. Academic support is offered in partnership with the Certified General Accountants of Ontario. Located in the Newnham Campus Learning Centre.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC120 Accounting Basics I 4
BAM101 Introduction to Business Administration 3
EAC150 College English 3
QNM106 Mathematics of Finance 4
SSC100 Success Strategies for College 2
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACC402 Taxation 4
ACC426 Managerial Accounting 4
ACC427 PC Applications and Accounting Software 3
COM150 Professional Communication for Business 4
ECN550 Economics: An Overview 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angelie Ramirez
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22058
International Admissions Advisor: Susan Gao
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22365
Registration & Records Advisors:
  Liam McElheron
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22464
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Sheilagh Stephenson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22795
Program Coordinator: Ebhana Hardy-Henry
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22861
Program Chair: Karen Murkar
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22337
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