In a world where numbers matter, make sure you are getting the best training in the industry! From manual to computerized accounting, payroll administration and financial accounting, our bookkeeping courses will put you at the top of your field.

This certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to set-up and maintain a complete set of financial records for small and medium enterprises. Focusing on bookkeeping and computerized business environments, students learn from seasoned business instructors and CPAs in their academic journey.


  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent.
  • Consumer/Essential Math 40S or equivalent

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

If you don’t meet these admission requirements please visit our adult learning page for more information on assessment of special circumstances.


Apply by visiting the How to Register and Apply page.

Careers & Connections


See the world of opportunity in small and large companies or branch out into your own bookkeeping company. Earning a Bookkeeping certificate opens the door to a number of career opportunities including:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Receivable/Payable Supervisor
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Office Manager
  • Budget Coordinator
  • Assistant Controller


Apply coursework towards memberships and certifications through various organizations:

Canadian Bookkeeping Association

Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping 

Tools & Supplies

Course Title Textbook
Payroll Administration
Payroll & Benefits 2019: Colleen Drew
Payroll Administration Workbook 2020 Edition
Financial Accounting 1*
Fundamental Accounting Principles (Vol. 1) 16th Canadian Edition
Working Papers for use with Fundamental Accounting Principles (Vol. 1) 16th Canadian Edition
Financial Accounting 2*
Fundamental Accounting Principles (Vol. 2) 16th Canadian Edition (Bundled)
Accouting Software
Mastertrak Accounting Series. Sage 50 Premium Accounting 2017 Level 1.
Mastertrak Accounting Series. Quickbooks Premier 2017. 2 book bundle (Level 1 and 2)
Taxation 1
Canadian Tax Principles Volume 1 (2020-2021 Edition) Pearson Canada Inc, 
Canadian Tax Principles Volume 2 (2020-2021 Edition) Pearson Canada Inc,
Canadian Tax Principles Study Guide (2020-2021 Edition) Pearson Canada Inc, 
Introductory Mgmt Accounting
Management Accounting: McGraw Hill-Ryerson 11th Edition
Software Applications
No textbook required. Free access to Lynda.com and other online resources. 

*Financial calculator recommended, preferably Texas Instruments BA II Plus

For a printable textbook list view:


Visit the Bookstore’s website to learn more.

At-Home Computing

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer at home. It should have a webcam, microphone and internet access to enable remote learning for the theory portions of your programs.

At-Home Computing Information

Courses & Costs

To graduate with a Bookkeeping certificate, students must successfully complete 39 academic credits. The minimum passing grade is indicated on the course outline.

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $4,323. Estimated cost for books and supplies is $1,000. All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice.

Course Title
Course Number
Payroll Administration
Financial Accounting 1
Software Applications
Financial Accounting 2
Accounting Software
Introductory Mgmgt Accounting
Taxation 1

Continuing Studies courses are offered on various dates and during varying time slots. To see upcoming courses, please visit our Continuing Studies’ course catalogue. You must search by the course title/name, not by program name (e.g. Payroll Administration, not Bookkeeping).

If you cannot find the course you are interested in, please contact Continuing Studies at Assiniboine at continuingstudies@assiniboine.net or 204.725.8725.

Distance Education

The Bookkeeping certificate program is available for study through distance education. 

Registration options:

  • If you are an active Assiniboine student in the Bookkeeping program, you can register directly with the Registrar’s Office. See contact information below. 
  • If you are not an active Assiniboine student in the Bookkeeping program but wish to enrol in the program, you may do so by applying online www.assiniboine.net/applynow.

To register, call 204.725.8701 to register with a credit card.

The deadline to register is the 20th of the prior month however, you can register at any time - you don’t need to wait for the deadline. For example, for February 1st courses, the deadline to register is January 20th. 

Please ensure that you review our academic policies, including policy A20: Registering, Adding and Dropping Courses, which explains the refund policy for distance education courses; and A10: Maintaining Active Student Status, which details how often you need to complete a course to remain active in your program. You have five years to complete a program. 

Fast Facts

2.5 years
Program Start
Monthly in-take
Course Load
Program Details
Available by Distance
Continuing Studies
Continuing Studies
800.862.6307 ext 6002 (toll free)
Program Information Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the Bookkeeping program?

Courses are self-paced and are offered regularly, but not all courses are offered each term. Students can complete the program in as little as a year and a half.

Do I need to apply to the Bookkeeping program?

Yes, an application is required. To apply, visit the How to Register & Apply page.

Is the Bookkeeping program eligible for student aid?

Due to the Bookkeeping program being part-time, and not meeting designation criteria, it is not eligible for government student aid or scholarships/bursaries.

Students can contact a bank/credit union to see if they qualify for a line of credit.

Can I complete a Distance Education course sooner than the allotted time?

Yes, distance education courses are self-paced.

How long is each course in the Bookkeeping program?

Students have up to four months to complete each Distance Education course.

Are there prerequisites for any of the courses in the Bookkeeping program?

Yes, Financial Accounting 1 is required for Financial Accounting 2.

Is there a required course sequence for the Bookkeeping program?

Other than Financial Accounting 2 that has a prerequisite, you can take courses in any order you choose based on when they're offered.