Accounting is often referred to as the universal language of business. Durham College’s Accounting – Business program is the next step towards a career in the field of accounting. Learning from industry-connected professors, you will develop your knowledge of accounting using the latest tools and technology in order to gain the skills employers need. You will be exposed to QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop, Sage 50 and Profile. You will also have the opportunity to earn Microsoft Office specialist certifications.
NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.
Used in a wide variety of organizations, accounting involves measuring business activities; processing information into financial reports and statements; and communicating information to the appropriate decision-makers. To meet the wide range of accounting employment opportunities, Durham College incorporates a variety of simulations into the courses to help prepare students for the workplace. Students will be exposed to QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop, Sage 50, and Profile. Courses include:
- Business Mathematics
- Computerized Accounting and Excel
- Managerial Accounting
- Financial Accounting
- Personal Taxation
Students can also earn the following globally recognized certificates by taking Microsoft Office Specialist exams as part of their computer courses:
- Microsoft Office Specialist: Word Associate (COMP1209)
- Microsoft Office Specialist: PowerPoint Associate (COMP1209)
- Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel Associate (COMP2209)
- Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel Expert (if applicable currently will be offered in Accounting and Supply Chain programs)
Students who successfully pass all three exams can earn an extra certificate that recognizes their accomplishment with the Microsoft Office Specialist: Associate (Office 365 and Office 2019) certificate. DC students are provided access to Microsoft Office 365 through the college’s Microsoft Office account
- This program can be completed in two years and provides entry-level training accounting.
- Pathways are available to the third year of the Business Administration – Accounting program, which leads to the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at Ontario Tech University, the Bachelor of Business Administration at Trent University, and other pathway agreements. For more information view our transfer guide
- Students can transfer to any other first-year business program at Durham College after the first semester.
As a graduate, you can apply to return for a third year to complete the Accounting – Business Administration three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma.
Subject to additional education and training requirements, you may be eligible to apply your credits towards other related certifications, including:
- Certified Bookkeeper (CB)
- Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP)
ACCREDITATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
First-year students enrolled in a diploma program or select graduate certificate program through the School of Business, IT & Management will receive a membership to all eight of Durham Region’s Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade for the duration of their studies, plus an additional year following graduation. As one of the only colleges in Ontario with this offering, DC is proud to provide students access to local businesses at a regional level.
The eight Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade include:
- Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade
- Brock Board of Trade
- Clarington Board of Trade
- Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
- Newcastle and District Chamber of Commerce
- Scugog Chamber of Commerce
- Uxbridge Chamber of Commerce
- Whitby Chamber of Commerce
- Opportunities to connect with over 2,500 local businesses and jumpstart your career by networking with potential future employers;
- Access to professional development events across Durham Region to gain unique business insights and learn from industry leaders; and
- Learning opportunities to develop the in-demand skills to launch a successful career.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Mature Student Status
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
- Grade 11 mathematics (C, M or U)
WHAT YOU COULD BE:
- Accounting administrator
- Bank teller
- Billing analyst
- Bookkeeper/payroll clerk
- Budget coordinator
- Collections officer
- Financial analyst
- Junior accountant
- Personal tax preparation clerk
WHERE YOU COULD WORK:
- Accounting firms
- Accounting departments in any industry
- Banks and insurance companies
- Colleges and universities
- Municipal and provincial governments