On-Campus Day* - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in person on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Day* - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
Blended Delivery - Both On-Campus and Online - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on-campus and some will be done online.
* There may be circumstances that require some day delivery of classes to be scheduled into the evenings.
Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.
Estimated program length is based on the recommended course load per semester as outlined in the Courses tab.
Actual program length will vary based on the number of courses/credits successfully completed per semester.
This program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program for international students as long as the student is enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for the blended option).
International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.
This program is available to international students, however, program availability may be limited. This program does not meet the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program.
Develop a strong understanding of accounting fundamentals you’ll need to succeed in management positions or gain the foundational skills to start your bookkeeping or accounting career.
You will obtain practical knowledge of fundamental accounting processes, including income statements and balance sheets, accounts receivable and accounts payable, fixed assets and depreciation, and more, from instructors with professional accounting experience.
You will work independently and in teams to develop and apply your skills using spreadsheets and accounting software to reconcile accounts and record a wide variety of journal entries related to full-cycle accounting.
Additionally, you will develop your soft skills and business acumen to understand how the accounting field contributes to all areas of business. You will finish the program with a capstone course that enables you to apply your abilities in a work-integrated learning project and further develop critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and organizational capabilities. You’ll have up to five years to complete this certificate.
This certificate could be your first step toward the Chartered Professional Accountant Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). When you complete the program, you have the opportunity to ladder into higher credentials at SAIT.
Up to 27 credits from this certificate can be applied to our Business Administration diploma or Bachelor of Business Administration programs (varies by major). Both programs have additional admission requirements and your timeline to complete a diploma or degree begins when you start the first certificate course.
Is this the right program for me?
To achieve success in this program, students should:
- be proactive, independent and resourceful
- have strong written and oral communication skills
- be prepared to work in teams
- be proficient in the use of a Windows-based computer and Microsoft Office software
- spend 9-12 hours per week on each course, including in-class hours
- actively participate in all classes and activities
- become familiar with and adhere to SAIT’s academic policies.
- be ready for a challenge and committed to keeping yourself on schedule.
If you are engaged in campus life and take advantage of SAIT services and resources, you may be more likely to experience success in SAIT’s programs.
Professional designations and certifications
Graduates will have the opportunity to pursue a professional designation. Additional exams, education, or work requirements may apply for earning a designation or certification. Completion of a degree is required.
You can pursue the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program, upon completion of a degree. See SAIT’s Bachelor of Business Administrator or Bachelor of Applied Business Administration.
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Accounting certificate.
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Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a(n):
- accounting technician
- accounting clerk
- accounts payable clerk, administrator or coordinator
- accounts receivable clerk, administrator or coordinator
- accounting assistant
- billing clerk, specialist, agent or coordinator
Related careers include:
- accounts payable administrator
- accounts receivable administrator
Tuition and fees
- Year 1: $7,139
Final costs are dependent on the number of course credits a student takes per semester.
You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.
When do classes start?
Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.
|Classes begin||Year start date|
|Fall 2022||Sept. 6, 2022|
|Spring 2023||May 8, 2023|
Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.
- Fall 2022 start: applications opened on Oct. 6, 2021.
- Winter 2023 start: applications opened on March 30, 2022.
- Spring 2023 start: applications opened on June 13, 2022.
Completion of the following courses or equivalents:
- At least 50% in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or
- At least 50% in SAIT BMAT 230 Business Mathematics
All applicants to SAIT must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
A combination of education and experience will be considered upon approval from the Academic Chair
SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada.
Direct entry: four-step process
Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.
Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.
Step 3: Apply to Accounting and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.
- Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.
Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.
Communication during admission
Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the email@example.com domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.
This program consists of 30 credits (10 courses). MNGT 257 Business Certificate Capstone should be taken only after all other required courses and two elective courses have been completed.
Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue
It is recommended that you complete the courses in the order that they are listed below.
|Course code||Course name||Credit|
|ACCT-215||Introductory Financial Accounting I||3.0|
|BCMP-225||Business Productivity Tools and Technology||3.0|
|MNGT-200||Introduction to Business||3.0|
|ACCT-255||Introductory Financial Accounting II||3.0|
|ACCT-315||Intermediate Financial Accounting I||3.0|
|ACCT-338||Introductory Management Accounting||3.0|
|ACCT-395||Computer Accounting Software||3.0|
|MNGT-257||Business Certificate Capstone||3.0|
Choose two of the following six courses.
|Course code||Course name||Credit|
|ACCT-350||Intermediate Financial Accounting II||3.0|
|ACCT-380||Intermediate Management Accounting||3.0|
|COMN-220||Communication and Presentation Skills||3.0|
|MNGT-322||Information Systems and Data Analytics||3.0|
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program.
To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.
The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit transfer options to learn more.
Domestic tuition and fees
Cost per credit: $189
|Year||Number of semesters||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees*||Total|
Domestic cost per course
|Course credits||Course cost|
*Maximum fee. Actual fees may be less and are based on the number of credits a student takes per semester and whether they opt-out of health and dental benefits.
- Campus athletic and recreation fee: $196
- Universal transit pass (Upass): $320
- Student support fee: $200
- Student technology fee: $200
Student Association fee
- Maximum: $291
This is the maximum amount the student will pay. Actual fees may be less and are based on the number of credits the students take per semester.
Health and dental fees
- Health plan: $127
- Dental plan: $135
Students with existing health and/or dental plans can opt-out. Please refer to Saitsa's website for information.
Students taking less than nine (9) credits per semester do not qualify for health and dental benefits.
Books and supplies*
Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a computer that meets the program's hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
Learn more about tuition and financial aid.
*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Next steps for incoming students
Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.
Your program orientation (ORNT 118) will be held online on Aug. 30. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.
Learn more about campus orientation.
How to register for classes
Course registration opens on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for Winter 2023.
You’ll receive an email from us indicating what registration process you’ll use to enroll in your classes.
Learn more about how to register and the different registration methods used at SAIT.
Computers and laptops
This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
To support your success, short courses are available to you to help prepare you for the academic year:
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.
Students taking a full-time course load, or more than nine (9) credits per semester, will be automatically enrolled in these courses.
They are optional for students taking a part-time course load (9 or fewer credits per semester). Part-time students can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.
Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase is required this term.
For any questions, or to set up a virtual advising appointment, please contact our School of Business Advising Centre.
Grace McKenna, Academic Chair
Next steps for all students
Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.