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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 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 Cambrian's 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 College’s Collaborative Delivery program

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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) or (U)

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


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Spring Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Spring 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2020
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Spring 2021


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022

Spring Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Spring 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Winter 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Spring 2022

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

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ACC 1100 Introduction to Financial Accounting I 4
BUS 1100 Business Mathematics 4
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
MKT 1004 Foundations of Marketing 3
BUS 1104 Introduction to Business Concepts 3
HRP 1000 Introduction to Human Resources 3
ISP 3026 Spreadsheets for Business 3
Semester 2
ACC 1310 Introduction to Financial Accounting II 4
BUS 1200 Financial Mathematics 4
ENG 2205 Business Reports and Presentations 3
MKT 1200 Applied Marketing 3
ECN 1101 Microeconomics 3
BUS 1035 Computer Applications for Business 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 3
ACC 1025 Intermediate Accounting I 6
ACC 2320 Management Accounting I 4
BUS 2040 Organizational Behavior 3
ECN 1201 Macroeconomics 3
BUS 1033 Statistics 4
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
ACC 1022 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACC 1023 Taxation I 4
ACC 1026 Intermediate Accounting II 6
BUS 2320 Business Law 3
FIN 1006 Finance I 4
One General Education course. 1 3
 Total Credits92


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 are prepared for employment opportunities 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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