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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

Take our general accounting stream to gain the skills and hands-on experience to land entry-level accounting positions within non-profits, corporations, and other for-profit organizations.

Following a first year of common curriculum shared by all accounting and business students, you will be immersed in accounting principles and practices and have the opportunity to gain real-world experience through a work placement.

This program will be delivered through both traditional classroom and online learning.

This program has been designed to accommodate students who want to continue their studies towards a degree or get entry into the professional accounting programs such as the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) or the Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation. As a graduate, you may opt to take one additional year in the Business Administration - Accounting program to enhance your skills and obtain advanced standings into the ACAF and/or degree programs. In order to enter into the ACAF certificate or the CAFM designation programs, you must achieve a 60% average or more in certain courses and an overall average of 65% in Cambrian's Business – Accounting program.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • Combination of in-class and online learning

  • Successful graduates can enter into the 3rd year of Cambrian's Business Administration – Accounting program

  • Opportunity to receive credits towards the Certified Aboriginal Financial Management (CAFM) designation or the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF)

  • This is a Northern Colleges Collaborative Delivery program (see

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How to Apply

Business and Information Technology

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)

  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)


  • computer competency in relevant software

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule posted on our website.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ACC 1100Intro to Financial Accounting 4
BUS 1104Intro to Business Concepts 3
BUS 1100Business Mathematics 4
ENG 1002College Communications 3
HRP 1000Intro to Human Resources 3
MKT 1004Marketing I 3
ISP 3026Computer Apps for Business I 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 2
ACC 1310Financial Accounting II 4
BUS 1200Financial Math 4
ECN 1101Microeconomics 3
ENG 2205Business Reports and Presentations 3
MKT 1200Introduction to Marketing II 3
BUS 1035Computer Apps for Business II 3
The following General Education course:  3
Positive Psychology 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 3
ACC 1025Intermediate Accounting I 6
ACC 2320Management Accounting I 4
BUS 2040Organizational Behavior 3
ECN 1201Macroeconomics 3
BUS 1033Statistics 4
Select one of the following General Education courses:  3
Health Wellness 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Canadian Political Studies 3
Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 4
ACC 1022Accounting Information Systems 3
ACC 1023Taxation I 4
ACC 1026Intermediate Accounting II 6
BUS 2320Business Law 3
FIN 1006Finance I 4
Select one of the following General Education courses:  3
Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
Media and Current Events 3
Health Wellness 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Canadian Political Studies 3
 Term Credits: 23
 Total Credits: 92


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,500. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment as:

  • Accounts payable/receivable clerks/analysts

  • Small business accountants

  • Tax return preparers

  • Various other accounting, bookkeeping, and related office positions

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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