Academic Calendar 2023/24

Continuing Education

Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate

This full- and part-time bookkeeping certificate program is designed to train persons working in or for small and home-based businesses. The training will enable them to organize and summarize the books of these companies using the current business-standard computers and software. The certificate must be completed in three years. Offered in several sections throughout the year, the modular program design enables students to take courses at varying times and during flexible hours.

Recommended that students entering this program have the following:

  1. Ability to use the internet and email.
  2. Experience and skills using MS Office applications (e.g. Word and Excel).
  3. Basic proficiency in written and verbal English skills.

When to apply

There is no application for entrance to this program. All of the courses in this program may be taken individually or applied to the Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate.

How to apply

As there is no application process for this program, students can register at any time.

Fees and additional costs

Please see the Continuing Education webpage for current fee information. See the Fees and Other Costs section for additional information.

Program duration

The Bookkeeping for Small Business certificate can be completed in 12 weeks full-time or over one to three years part-time. Courses are delivered face-to-face, online, and hybrid.


Courses are offered in Abbotsford at the Clearbrook Centre campus or in Chilliwack at the Canada Education Park campus.

Program outline

Course Title Hours
BSB BK01 Bookkeeping Level I 45
BSB BK02 Bookkeeping Level II 48
TECH EX01 Excel Level I 15
BSB CA01 Computerized Accounting Level I 30
BSB CA02 Computerized Accounting Level II 21
BSB PA01 Payroll Accounting 33

Practicum option

Students may choose to register in an optional practicum experience, BSB PRACT (Bookkeeping for Small Business Practicum). This course is not a condition of graduation.

Program continuance

Students must achieve a minimum grade of B in each course to progress to the next course. Students who do not achieve a minimum grade of B in a course may repeat the course.

Course repetition

See UFV’s Course Repeat policy (86).


Students must complete at least 50% of the program at UFV.

Graduation requirements

To be eligible to graduate, students must successfully complete all courses with a minimum grade of B. In addition, students must have completed courses within three years of program start.

See the Graduation section of the calendar for more information.

Maximum length of time to complete program

Students are allowed up to three consecutive years to complete program requirements.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

For more information

Contact Continuing Education at 604-851-6324, or 604-504-7441 local 6324, or toll-free (within Canada) 1-888-504-7441 local 6324, or

Current Students