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Accelerated Accounting Certificate of Achievement


Credential: Certificate (non-credit)
Available: Continuing Education Classroom or Online

Take the next step in improving your accounting career and skills through SAIT's Accounting Certificate of Achievement accelerated program. Whether you are just starting out in an accounting related job, or are looking to advance professionally, we can help boost your career through this high quality, foundational program. Through this part-time program, you can build your career in accounting at a pace that works for you. You have up to five years to complete this program.

Program Description

The Accounting certificate of achievement (Accelerated) at SAIT is available through Continuing Education (evening and weekend courses) and Distance Education (online courses). Through this part-time program, you can build your career in accounting at a pace that works for you.

As a SAIT student, you will gain a better understanding of business and bookkeeping through our in-depth program. In addition to accounting courses, we help ensure your career success through training in effective business communications and marketing, business computers and economics, among others.

High Quality, Professional Instruction

Get a top-notch education with the best in the industry. All of our instructors are seasoned professionals who have worked across different business sectors in Calgary and beyond.

"Our instructor was well prepared. She knew what the real accounting world was like, which helped relate the class assignments to the work we planned to pursue."
SAIT Accounting Student

SAIT students get every opportunity to work hand in hand with accounting professionals. From training in computer labs to networking events, our program ensures that you receive a real-world education that will help you move your career forward.

Our accounting courses are recognized for the Chartered Professional Accountant Professional Education Program (CPA PEP). Click here to learn more about CPA.

Laddering and Transferability

We want you to succeed and reach your full potential in the accounting profession. Our programs are designed to help you advance to the type of career you're seeking. All of our courses are transferable to our part-time or full-time Business Administration diploma.

Program Overview

Your career

Graduates of this program may be eligible for entry-level accounting jobs such as:

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Payroll Clerk

Admission and Completion

It's a simple process to get started. There are no entrance requirements for this program. You can register for courses at any time by clicking on a course name in the table at the end of this page. Be sure to have your SAIT student ID number. Need to get your ID number? Call Student Services at 1.877.284.7248.

Once you have registered for at least one course, fill out and submit the Program Declaration Form to the Office of the Registrar.

You have up to five years to complete all certificate courses. You must meet the graduation requirements as they exist at the time you register for your first course (see AC.3.1.1 Grading and Progression).

Course Selection

Our accounting courses are available through Continuing Education, available evenings and weekends, as well as through Distance Education, available online.

Evening and weekend classes are offered in January, May and September. Online courses are offered 3-12 times per year. Registration is as follows:

  • Fall enrolment opens in July
  • Winter enrolment opens in October
  • Spring enrolment opens in February

Online registration closes about one week before the course start date. You can register up to one business day before the start date by calling 403.284.7248 or 1.877.284.7248. Courses fill up quickly; it is recommended you register early.

Ten courses are required to complete this program.

Student Success

  • We find that there is a direct correlation between the time and energy invested to the amount of success achieved. The coursework is presented at a rapid pace so it is critical that you take responsibility for your learning experience.
  • Remaining focused and diligent with coursework is important for success in completing the program.
  • You must be able to read, write and understand English at a level exceeding basic conversational English.
Introductory Financial Accounting I ACCT-215 Classroom or Online
Introductory Financial Accounting II ACCT-255 Classroom or Online
Business Productivity Tools and Technology BCMP-225 Classroom or Online
Business Mathematics BMAT-230 Classroom or Online
Business Law BLAW-300 Classroom or Online
Communication and Presentation Skills COMN-220 Classroom, Online, Blended
Microeconomics ECON-250 Classroom or Online
Macroeconomics ECON-305 Classroom or Online
Organizational Behaviour MNGT-250 Classroom or Online
Marketing Essentials MKTG-260 Classroom or Online


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