Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate

Credential Certificate
Tuition Per Course
Duration 1-3 years (part-time)
12 weeks (full-time)
Intakes Continuous
Campus Abbotsford campus, Abbotsford Clearbrook centre, Chilliwack Canada Education Park, and Chilliwack Five Corners
Days & Times Evening & weekend (part-time)
Daytime (full-time)

A career in bookkeeping will allow you flexible working hours, the possibility of working from home, a steady income, and a challenging and rewarding career. In our certificate program you will learn about the general bookkeeping issues faced by small or home-based businesses. You will be taught how to keep track of expenses, generate cash flow statements, keep on top of payroll demands, and  complete various taxation forms. 

Program Information

Our Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate offers you flexibility to study the specific courses you need. All of the courses in this program may be taken individually or applied to the Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate.

This certificate program is delivered through UFV’s Continuing Education department and consists of six courses designed with small and home-based businesses in mind.


If you plan to earn your Bookkeeping for Small Businesses certificate, courses may be taken in this order:


  • Bookkeeping Level I and II
  • MS Excel Level I
  • Payroll Accounting
  • Sage 50 Level I
  • Sage 50 Level II

You will receive a grade mark for each course in the program on classroom participation, assignments, study projects, and examination results. You must achieve a 75 percent overall grade average and attendance of 80 percent in each course to earn the certificate. The grading procedure for this program is based on UFV’s Applied Business Technology grading system policy. Letter grades are awarded; students, if they choose, can order and pay for official transcripts upon completion of the entire program.

Who knows more about Bookkeeping duties than those who are currently working in the industry? Not only do our instructors have high academic qualifications, but they are also current, successful practitioners of the ideas they will be sharing with you. They are committed instructors who are passionate about communicating their knowledge and cultivating enthusiasm in their students.



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Current Course Offerings

Bookkeeping I
This course provides an essential introduction to bookkeeping, including theoretical foundations and hands-on knowledge. Bring your calculator.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook Centre
(40162 SDU BK01 A5A) 7.5 sessions, Mon, Wed, Fri, 9 am–3:30 pm, $550
Starts May 20

Bookkeeping II
Prerequisite: Bookkeeping I
Building on the principles covered in Bookkeeping I, learn about financial statements preparation, accounts receivable, accounts payable, subsidiary ledgers, bank reconciliations, payroll, GST, PST, HST, trial balances, and year end.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook Centre
(40180 SDU BK02 A5A) 16 sessions, Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30–3:30 pm, $560
Starts Jun 5
40202 SDU BK02 A5B) 16 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $560
Starts Jun 3

CHILLIWACK — Canada Education Park
(40192 SDU BK02 C5A) 16 sessions, Tue, Thu, 6:30–9:30 pm, $560
Starts May 26

MS Excel Level I
Through a series of hands-on projects, learn how to use MS Excel to create spreadsheets that include Autosum, conditional formatting, formulas, and absolute addresses. Develop or edit spreadsheets using a variety of MS Excel attributes and build up your new skills by creating charts. Bring a memory stick to class.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook Centre
(40229 MCW 180 A5A) 5 sessions, Mon, Wed, Fri, 9 am-12 pm, $299
Starts Jun 8

Payroll Accounting
Prerequisite: Bookkeeping I, II, & MS Excel I
Learn to manage and maintain a payroll accounting system, with an emphasis on the calculation of earnings and deductions to conform to federal and provincial laws and accounting best practices. This is a general course that is not specific to any one business.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook Centre
(40184 SDU PAC01 A5A) 11 sessions, Mon, Wed, Fri, 9 am–12 pm, $485
Starts Jul 15
40209 SDU PAC01 A5B) 11 sessions, Tue, Thu, 6:30 pm–9:30 pm, $485
Starts Jun 2

(40199 SDU PAC01 F5A) 11 sessions, Tue, Thu, 6:30–9:30 pm, $485 
Starts May 19 (Please note no class on June 25, class ends June 30)

 Sage 50 Level I

Prerequisite: Bookkeeping Level I and II, and Payroll Accounting
Explore the features of Sage’s Simply Accounting, an integrated bookkeeping/accounting software that is a small-business standard. Learn about journal entries, purchases/sales orders, quotes, invoicing, receipts, and payments for payables, receivables, and inventory. The course also covers reporting and tax features. Please note: Sage software is not compatible with Mac computers.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook Centre
(40004 MCW 35 A5B) 10 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30-9:30 pm, $535
Starts May 20
40029 MCW 35 A5A) 10 sessions, Mon, Wed, Fri, 9 am–12 pm, $535
Starts Jun 19

CHILLIWACK — Canada Education Park
(40038 MCW 35 C5A) 10 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $535
Starts Jun 24

Sage 50 Level II
Prerequisite: Bookkeeping I & II, Payroll, and Sage Level I
Level II builds on Level I principles and covers Simply Accounting setup, working with foreign currency, payroll transactions, security,
year-end, budgets, and projects. Sage software is not compatible with Mac computers.

ABBOTSFORD — Clearbrook Centre
(40034 MCW 36 A5A) 7 sessions, Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30 pm–3:30 pm, $405
Starts July 15

CHILLIWACK — Canada Education Park
(40200 MCW 36 C5A) 7 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $405
Starts Aug 5

updated May 14, 2015

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