Professional Bookkeeper Diploma

Brief Program Description

This program is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to obtain a Recognition of Achievement in bookkeeping and accounting systems in under a year. Graduates will be prepared for employment in small business, as well as medium-and large-sized corporate environments, service, professional, manufacturing or retail operations. We will work with students who wish to pursue additional courses or certifications and guide them on options available to them at that time.

Career Occupation

As essential members of any organization, bookkeepers perform vital tasks in financial and administrative services. They are in demand as general bookkeepers, accounts receivable/payable supervisors, payroll administrators, office managers, budget cocoordinators and administrative assistants.

Admission Requirements

Secondary School Diploma Grade 12 English and Mathematics or Mature Student Status. International students will have to meet the minimum proficiency requirements for Grandesco College to gain acceptance into the program. English 12 or satisfactory completion of a post-secondary equivalent from a recognized and accredited post secondary institution with a grade of C+ or better. International Students must have IELTS of 6.5+ with no band below 6.0 or TOEFL of 570+ TWE 4.5+ International students belonging to this band will be able to take our ESL + IELTS proprietary program to help them reach the requirements for the future program. Mature Student Applicants: For classification as a mature student, you must be 21 years of age at the start of classes. You must also be entering the first year of study in your program selection. Please contact the registrar for further questions regarding a mature student application.

Some Learning Outcomes:

  1. Prepare effective business documents including memorandums and short reports.
  2. Solve business problems using complex quantitative techniques.
  3. Describe the environment that businesses operating in, the functions of management, and the role of different management disciplines.
  4. Maintain the financial records of a small- and intermediate-sized business using computerized accounting software.
  5. Utilize spreadsheet and other application software in day-to-day work activities.
  6. Explain how effective management information systems can contribute to an organization’s success. Discuss how human and interpersonal behaviour theory can be applied to maximize organizational efficiency.
  7. Discuss how human and interpersonal behaviour theory can be applied to maximize organizational efficiency.
  8. Collect and analyze complex information to assist management in making more effective operational decisions.
  9. Compute the income taxes payables for an individual or corporation applying effective tax planning strategies.
  10. Manage an organization’s operating and fixed assets effectively and fund those assets with an optimal mix of debt and equity financing.

Learning Objectives

The Professional Bookkeeper Diploma consists of 10 courses that provide students with a sound knowledge of business concepts and accounting practice in a short time frame from experienced instructors who work in the industry and are committed to helping students achieve success. Completing this certificate provides students with a pathway to Grandesco’s Diploma in Leadership and Management Studies program.

Evaluation Methods

Courses in the program will utilize many different evaluation methods including, but not limited to, tests, projects, papers, online projects, presentations, and reports. Although most work will be done individually, some courses may require group projects and evaluation of papers and projects.

Success Metrics

Thirty credits, with an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher, and with a grade of C- or higher in all courses. A grade of C- or higher is required to receive transfer credit. Nongraded (pass/fail, complete) or university preparation courses will not be accepted.

Program Duration

Each course is offered online and face to face. The pace of the program depends on if it is taken on a full-time basis or part-time. Based on a full-time and face to face schedule of 5 courses a semester, it is anticipated a students spends 15 contact hours a week over a semester and the program can be completed in under a year, or two semesters. Total contact hours is about 400 hours for the program (this does not include homework, projects, or other work outside classroom lectures)

Homework Hours

The number of hours will vary from student to student but a rough guideline is 2-3 hours of homework per class hour. These hours are not considered part of the program duration.

Methods of Delivery

Indicate how the program is delivered:
  • In-class instruction
  • Distance education
  • Combined delivery (both in-class and distance)

Required Materials

All students should have a laptop, Microsoft Office, and may require accounting software (Sage and Quickbooks) for the accounting software systems course (althought the face to face students will have access to computers in the lab with the software). Additionally, each course will have a textbook and technology fee for access to online support and course delivery requirements. Some courses may have other fees (i.e. online business simulation).

Program Organization

Below is an overview of courses in the program. The number of hours is based on classtime in the face to face program.

Title of Course/Work Experience Component # of Hours
Mastering Student Success and Career Success 40
Introduction to Business 40
Introduction to Basic Economics 40
Introduction to University Writing 40
Introduction to Statistics 40
Financial Accounting 40
Managerial Accounting 40
Accounting Software Systems 40
Small Business Finance 40
Income Tax For Better Decision Making 40