Accounting Basics

Accounting Basics Extension Certificate


Gain foundational knowledge of accounting principles and hands-on practice with accounting software in this flexible program.



This program is designed for small business owners interested in gaining the tools to complete basic accounts, individuals looking to move into an entry level accounting position, non-accounting professionals who work with accounting departments, and payroll professionals and managers looking to gain a better understanding of accounting. 



  • Gain a strong foundation in accounting principles
  • Earn a credential and enhance your skills
  • Learn computerized accounting for your professional or personal life
  • Financial Accounting Fundamentals course can be applied to the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) program
Program Format
  • Complete 2 required courses and 3 optional courses (total 87 - 99 hours)
  • Note: Students who began the Accounting Basics Extension Certificate prior to the winter 2018 semester are only required to complete 2 optional courses (total 72-84 hours)
  • Can be completed in 2 semesters up to a maximum of 3 years

Required Courses

Financial Accounting Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to financial accounting concepts, principles and techniques. Topics include Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), preparing and analyzing financial statements, the valuation of current assets and liabilities, measuring and reporting business transactions, and using financial analysis to support decision making. (Note: This course is academically rigorous* and includes textbook readings, quizzes, online assignments and a final exam.)

Textbooks (required):
Financial Accounting - Tools for Business Decision Making, Seventh Canadian Edition, (2017) with WileyPlus ISBN 9781119413103. Textbook and WileyPlus package (approx $142) available at the Cougars Campus Store.

Subject code: XACC 10100 36 Hours. Fee: $549  
CRN 30303
12 classes

Jan. 23 - Apr. 9

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.



Accounting Fundamentals Practice Set
Work through the manual accounting system for one month’s worth of transactions for a small retail and service business. Practice the activities performed during the accounting cycle including business transactions, adjusting journal entries, posting journal entries to the general ledger, and preparing financial statements. The practice set is designed to simulate the real-world environment as much as possible. (Note: This is a manual course and does not employ any accounting software.)

Recommended Preparation: XACC 10100 Financial Accounting Fundamentals or equivalent introductory accounting course.
Textbooks (required):
City Cycle Shop: An Accounting Practice Set. ISBN 987-0-470-83950-8. Please note this is a Workbook. Textbook (approx $50) available at the Cougars Campus Store.

Subject code: XACC 1010112 Hours. Fee: $249 
CRN 30455
5 classesFeb. 56 p.m. - 8 p.m.Wed.
Feb. 12 - 26
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.Wed.
Mar. 4
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.Wed.


Optional Courses

Choose 3 of the following options:

MS Excel Level 1

Discover the basics of an electronic spreadsheet. Learn correct terminology, mouse and keyboard movements and be introduced to the MS Excel environment. Learn how to enter data and apply formatting through a variety of methods. Perform calculations by creating formulas and using simple functions.
Recommended Preparation : XWIN 10003 File Management Basics or equivalent windows file management course.
Textbook is required for this program (approx $40) and is available at the Cougars Campus Store.

Subject code: XCSS 10001 12 Hours. Fee: $279  
CRN 30037 2 classes Mar. 14 - 15 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat., Sun.

Simply Accounting (Sage 50), Level 1
Examine the functions and applications of Simply Accounting ledgers, journals, and reports. This course focuses on the features and functions of the general ledger and accounts payable/receivable modules. Practice using the software by setting up a fictitious company and completing transactions and procedures involved in an accounting cycle.
Textbook is required for this program (approx $50) and is available at the Cougars Campus Store.

Subject code: XCAC 10002 18 Hours. Fee: $329  
CRN 30040
3 classes Jan. 24 - 26 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fri. - Sun.

Simply Accounting (Sage 50), Level 2
Add to your Simply Accounting Level 1 skills by learning about the chart of accounts, creating a budget, setting up accounts for reconciliation, and using security features.  Practice handling inventory adjustments, receivable and payable discounts, repayments, customizing the payroll journal, disbursing vacation pay, creating fiscal year comparative reports, and handling dynamic data exchange.
Recommended Prerequisite: XCAC 10002 Simply Accounting (Sage 50), Level 1
Textbook is required for this program (approx $50) and is available at the Cougars Campus Store.

Subject code: XCAC 10007 18 Hours. Fee: $329  
CRN 30049 3 classes Feb. 7 - 9 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fri. - Sun.  

Quick Books Level 1
Explore this popular, time-saving software. QuickBooks is designed to make accounting transactions for small businesses simply and speedy. Use this program to track invoicing, accounts payable and receivable, and revenues and expenses.
There are no additional costs for materials in this program.

Subject code: XCAC 1000418 Hours. Fee: $329 
CRN 300956 classesMar. 2 - 186 p.m. - 9 p.m.Mon., Wed.

Taxation Basics
Learn 10 important concepts of taxation to help you gather the information necessary to do a basic business tax return. Understand what additional accounts need to be set up in the general ledger to facilitate ease in preparing for filling a tax return. A practical exercise is included in class time to reinforce the key concepts.
Course materials: Course materials will be available three days before class start date for students to print and bring to the first class.

Subject code: XACC 10102 12 Hours. Fee: $349  
CRN 303962 classesApr. 25 - 269 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.Sat. - Sun.

Understanding and Using Financial Information
Cut through the fog of accounting jargon, and contribute and manage finances more effectively. Discover how to interpret, evaluate and analyze financial statements. Using ratio analysis, assess the performance of a business from the balance sheet, income statement and other financial information.
Note: Please bring a calculator to class.

Subject code: XMGD 20003 15 Hours. Fee: $420  Choose 1 of the CRN's below
CRN 304682 classesFeb. 24 - 258:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Mon., Tue.
CRN 30467OnlineJan. 15 - Feb. 12  


*What does academically rigorous mean?

This course is challenging and is structured more closely to a full-time, for-credit accounting course than typical part-time continuing education courses. Students are expected to complete additional work outside of class every week, including textbook readings and online assignments. In addition, the course includes quizzes and a final exam.

If you are looking for a less rigorous certificate you may be interested in our
Accounting Software Certificate of Completion which includes a more basic introductory course - Accounting Principles for Computers.

When I began the Accounting Basics Extension Certificate, students were required to complete 2 optional courses, and the total hours in the certificate were 72-84.  Now students are required to complete 3 optional courses for a total of 87-99 hours.  How many courses and hours do I need to complete in order to earn the certificate?
Students who began the Accounting Basics Extension Certificate prior to the winter 2018 semester are only required to complete two optional courses (total 72-84 hours).

Can I take the courses individually?
Yes, the courses are available individually. However, it is strongly recommended that you take Financial Accounting Fundamentals or an equivalent course before taking the other courses in the program.

How many courses can I take at a time?

You can take as many courses as your schedule will allow. There are no restrictions on the number of courses you can take at one time.

How do I graduate and obtain my extension certification?
Once you have successfully completed the 2 required courses and 2 optional courses, you can then apply to graduate. Detailed information, including the application form, can be found by clicking here.

Will the courses be offered again? The dates only go until...
Yes, all of the courses are offered in both the fall and winter semesters, some courses are also offered in the spring semester as well. If you missed a course date in the current semester, it will be offered again in the next semester. Schedules and registration for each semester are generally available on the website 2 months before the start of the semester.

For example:
Fall registration starts the second Monday in June
Winter registration starts the second Monday in November
Spring registration starts the second Monday in March

What is the total cost of the program?
The total cost of the program is between $1,735 - 1,796 depending on your choice of option, plus the cost of textbook and workbooks. Course fees are due at the time of Registration. Fees are subject to change without notice.

How will I be graded in each course?

Each course has graded assignments. These assignments vary per course; however, they are all designed to assess the outcomes of each course. These assessments include, but are not limited to, online assignments, group projects, short answer, quizzes and final exams.

I've completed a similar course at another institution. Can I get a transfer credit?
Possibly. You must apply for a transfer credit through a process called PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition). This process evaluates previous course work/training and/or work experience to grant transfer credit. Please note that there are fees associated with applying and application does not guarantee credit.

For more information, review the PLAR Application Document.

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Contact us

For information about this program:
403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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