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Are you looking to pick up some basic accounting courses?  Learn how to use Sage 50 programs to do your small business books?  We have a number of courses available throughout the year.

Accounting Courses Overview

Below is a listing of non-credit classes offered by or with Olds College, to provide introductory knowledge and Sage 50 software knowledge.  Agricultural accounting and training on AgExpert software available through our online Agribusiness Accounting course in the Rural Finance and Entrepreneurship Certificate.

For related business and full time programs view the selection to the right.


Accounting Fundamentals 1 & 2

Course Description

In Accounting Fundamentals 1,  Learn the basics of double-entry bookkeeping, how to analyze and record financial transactions, and prepare various financial reports at the end of the fiscal period. Work with accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll procedures, sales taxes, and various common banking activities from writing cheques to preparing an income statement and closing out accounts at the end of each fiscal period. Suitable for either a small business or an individual household, you will increase your financial awareness and accountability.*

In Accounting Fundamentals 2, explore the world of Corporate Accounting as you learn about the use of special journals, uncollectable accounts receivable, plant assets, depreciation, notes and interest, accrued revenue and expenses, dividends, retained earnings, and various financial reports for corporations.*

Course Dates/TimesNew Classes start once a month.
Delivery Method Online
Course length 6 weeks each
Credits Non-Credit courses
Tuition$199 USD* per class
Required Text & Materials 

Internet access, Email, one of the following web browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or above, Google Chrome, Safari) and Adobe PDF  plug-in (a free download obtained at .)

Acrobat Reader, and access to a calculator or adding machine, and a printer.
Other details

*These classes are a delivered in partnership between Olds College and Ed2Go, based in the US.  As a result, the content is US based.  While US examples will be used, for small businesses generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) are relatively similar between the US and Canada at the introductory level.  Tuition is in US funds.

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Sage 50 Accounting Canadian (2017)
Levels 1 and 2

Course Description

Level 1:  Experience the simplicity of using Sage 50 Accounting from start to finish. Create and set up a company, set up a Chart of Accounts, record daily accounting transactions, pay bills, make Sales Tax payments, do Banking transactions, and complete month-end Financial Statement reports.

Level 2:  Manage your company’s financial information effectively and provide efficient reporting of profits.  Work with payroll, inventory, projects and job costing, departments and departmental accounting, company budgets and year end procedures.

Course Dates/TimesStart Course Anytime
Delivery Method Online
Course length 20-25 hours per level, 3 months of access each
Credits Non-Credit courses
Pre-requisiteInternet access, email, PC computer to install the Sage 50 Accounting Program, (this course is not available for Mac computers).
Tuition$360 + GST
Required Text & Materials 

Registration includes course materials of; video tutorials with step-by-step instruction, accounting hands-on exercises, office procedures and best practices, and many tips and tricks, assigned a personal instructor with online support, and the Sage 50 Accounting Students Program.

Other details

These classes are delivered in partnership between Olds College and Simply Training, an all Canadian company and content. This course is self-paced and will have access to the course for 3 months, but the time to complete each level is 20-25 hours each

For more information, or to register, go to Sage 50 Accounting Canadian

This course list comes from our Curricunet Academic database

Continuing Education

For further information about these programs contact the Continuing Education programmer below:

Continuing Education Department

Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 

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