May 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog


Location(s): In Person (Main Campus), Online

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs

This program will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills to succeed in various accounting, finance and business management roles.  

Whether your interest lies in management positions or starting a career in bookkeeping or accounting, this program will help you. It also allows you to pursue advanced credentials. 

Class sizes are small, with a maximum of 40 students. You can expect a workload of nine to 12 hours per week per course. You’ll have up to five years to complete this certificate, allowing flexibility in your learning journey. 

Our instructors with professional accounting experience will guide you to ensure you gain all the necessary practical knowledge. 

In this program, you will: 

  • gain a solid understanding of accounting fundamentals, including income statements, balance sheets, accounts receivable, accounts payable, fixed assets, and depreciation
  • get hands-on experience reconciling accounts and recording journal entries related to full-cycle accounting 
  • learn to leverage information and communication technology essential in today’s digital age to streamline processes, improve accuracy, and enhance productivity in accounting and financial management roles
  • develop soft skills, business acumen and an understanding of how the accounting field contributes to all areas of business
  • learn how to model the ethical expectations of the accounting profession, which are essential for transparency and trust. 

The program culminates in a capstone course where you’ll apply your skills in a work-integrated learning project. This experience will enhance your critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and organizational capabilities.  

As a graduate of this financial accounting program, you’ll be ready to take on accounting-related business administration jobs. 

Traits, skills and aptitudes

Those working in the accounting field tend to be methodical, innovative, and directive. 

You need: 

  • high ethical standards 
  • communication skills 
  • critical-thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills 
  • time-management skills 
  • the ability to work independently or as part of a team. 

You should enjoy following rules, working within highly structured processes, and creative problem-solving. You should also be comfortable directing others. 

Academic path

The accounting certificate provides you with the necessary foundation to advance your education. 

Graduates of this program can receive credit for up to nine courses required for SAIT’s Business Administration diploma or Bachelor of Business Administration degree (varies by major). Additional admission requirements apply. 

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities

Your final capstone course will have you apply your skills in a work-integrated learning project.

You’ll work collaboratively with other students to develop a solution to a challenge faced by a business or community organization.

Accreditations, designations or certifications

Some courses in this program are recognized as equivalent to Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) preparatory courses required for admission to the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP). 


After successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Accounting certificate.

Program length

1 year


This program is eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible

This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

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. 

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Administrative officers (13100)
  • Payroll administrators (13102)
  • Administrative assistants (13110)
  • Financial auditors and accountants (11100)
  • Financial and investment analysts (11101)
  • Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (12011)
  • Accounting technicians and bookkeepers (12200)
  • Accounting and related clerks (14200)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and completion of one 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.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Program outline

The Accounting certificate requires 30 credits (10 courses) to complete. 

MNGT 257 Business Certificate Capstone should be taken only after completing all required and elective courses.


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

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 advisor directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Business program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please get in touch with our School of Business.

Phone: 403.284.8485

Program outcomes

  • Use basic financial and accounting principles in a business setting.
  • Apply basic management accounting principles in a business setting.
  • Integrate information and communication technology to achieve efficient business practices.
  • Achieve project goals through teamwork.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in business-related situations.
  • Model the ethical expectations of the accounting profession.

Graduate outcomes

A. Safety - awareness of safety standards relevant to the workplace.

  • Safety awareness

B. Responsible leadership - personal, ethical and respectful behaviour within the workplace and global community.

  • Teamwork and multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Self-initiative
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Global awareness
  • Sustainability

C. Communication - the exchange of information professionally and effectively.

  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills

D. Information literacy - the strategies used to become informed, from recognizing an information need to accessing and evaluating information and using it effectively and ethically.

  • Problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Technological literacy

E. Technical knowledge, skills and abilities - technical competence specific to the discipline or industry.

  • Specialized technical skill set

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs