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  • One-year (eight-month) certificate
  • Laptop required (view Computer/Laptop Requirements)
  • Fall and winter entry dates
  • Campuses: 
    • Exchange District Campus (formerly Princess Street Campus), Winnipeg (fall entry)
    • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg (fall and winter entry)
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions

The Applied Accounting program is designed to provide you with the necessary skills to provide entry level accounting support.   

While the program highlights the basics of accounting, emphasis will also be placed on:

  • General business practices
  • Mathematics
  • Communication
  • Computer skills
  • Business software

To help your understanding of various principles, considerable time will be spent solving problems.

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.
The college requires transcripts verifying your complete academic history including any public or private high school, college, university, or technical institute you have attended.


Upload Through Your Future Student Account

  • Scan your document(s) and save the file. Ensure you keep your original documents as the College may request to see them at any time.
  • Go to apply.rrc.ca and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 15 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
      Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
      • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
      • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review. 
    • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Academic Requirement
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in:
      • one credit in each of the following courses:
        - Grade 11 English 30S
        - Grade 11 Math 30S
      • RRC's Introduction to Business program (this program is no longer offered by the College)
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
LSI (Language Studies International)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $139 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Who Should Enrol?

If you are considering this program, you should find problem solving rewarding, detailed work enjoyable, and be comfortable working with numbers.

Initiative, a good command of English, and a readiness to learn new skills in a computer environment are important assets for this program. Manual dexterity is essential to develop the skills required for computer keyboarding and calculator use.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 26, 2024 Apply Now
Roblin Centre (Prev. PSC) Aug 26, 2024 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
ACCT-1071Accounting FundamentalsRPL
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In this course, the student will be introduced to fundamental accounting principles, concepts and techniques. This course will focus on double-entry bookkeeping and the preparation of financial statements focusing on sole proprietorship. Period end processes, such as adjusting accounts and the closing process are also discussed. The result is a complete presentation of the accounting cycle for service and merchandise businesses. Throughout the course, interpreting financial statements from a non-accounting manager perspective will be included.

ACCT-1074Managerial Accounting
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This course will introduce cost terms and concepts and show their impact on profitability and decision-making. Topics covered include job-order costing, process costing both weighted average and FIFO (first-in, first-out), and activity based costing. The budget process, its implementation, and the usefulness of standard costing and variance analysis will be discussed. Also reviewed are common performance measures, cost-volume-profit analysis, and the concept of relevancy in making common decisions.

ACCT-1076Payroll and Benefits
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This course will introduce students to federal and provincial employment standards, the calculation of gross earnings, statutory and non-statutory deductions from earnings, taxable benefits, the calculation of net pay, and the remittance of payroll taxes. The calculation of pensionable earnings for Canada Pension Plan and insurable earnings for Employment Insurance will be included. The calculation of payroll taxes and premiums for employment related expenses in various jurisdictions in Canada will be covered. The course will conclude with discussions of year-end payroll reporting requirements and the steps required to document the termination of employees.

ACCT-2071Financial AccountingRPL
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This course builds on the knowledge the student developed in the Accounting Fundamentals course. It begins with a detailed view of adjusting and closing entries followed by an examination of inventory costing methods and accounts receivable, short-term notes receivable, capital assets and current liabilities. Accounting for partnerships along with an introduction to corporation accounting covering the issuance of shares and dividends will also be examined in this course. Other topics covered include accounting for non-current liabilities and the statement of cash flows.

ACCT-3072Accounting Applications
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This course will build upon accounting principles, concepts, and processes introduced in Accounting Fundamentals and Financial Accounting. In this applied course, you will enter transactions, prepare journal entries and adjustments, and prepare financial statements for a variety of accounting transactions using accounting software. You will also learn basic automated accounting setup. Knowledge gained in this course is transferable to all computerized accounting solutions.

ADMN-1010Introduction to Canadian BusinessRPL
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This course is designed to introduce the student to the complexities of the Canadian business environment. Exposure to business frameworks, accounting, finance, marketing, management, human resource management and operations management will be provided. Special emphasis is placed on small business; the driver of the economy and creator of most new jobs. The course will include case studies, applications, and analyses of Canadian businesses.

COMM-1173Communication StrategiesRPL
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Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

COMM-2055Client Relationships
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This course further develops the student's communication skills as they apply to the world of business. The student will learn to select appropriate modes of communication and practice with applying different types of strategies in managing client relationships and building networks. The significance of teamwork in business through participation in group work will be examined. The student will also practice and develop client interview skills applicable in all areas of business to support internal and external customer service, problem solving, needs assessment and sales. Technologies will be explored including the application of Customer Relationship Management (CRM). The student will also submit a series of documents used in business communication. 

COMM-2174Communication for Business
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Do you trust your own judgement? Can you make decisions confidently, give feedback constructively, and handle disagreements professionally? Your ability to successfully work in the business sector requires strong communicative competence.

In this Communication for Business course, the student will continue to develop their communicative competence by collaborating with their peers to manage and present information in oral and written form, demonstrate active listening, and practice negotiation/persuasion strategies in a business context (marketing, sales, and customer service).

COMP-1255Business ApplicationsRPL
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This course is offered in a blended format featuring online content with in class workshops on current topics in computing. This is a hands-on course where the student will develop skills in the use of Windows, Word, and PowerPoint, advanced skills in Excel and exposure to relational databases. A final project integrates these applications.

MATH-1078Business Mathematics
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This foundational course demonstrates the importance of mathematics in today’s business environment. Through a modular design, the student will explore the terminology, characteristics, and calculations of business measures as they relate to general business skills, accounting, human resource management, logistics, marketing, and financial services

PDEV-1055Professional Development 1
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Learn and practice skills, attitudes and behaviours to succeed in a diverse professional environment. The student will reflect on past and current experiences to gain confidence in their abilities and build better professional relationships. Through a series of interactive workshops, discussions and role playing, the student will compare differences in behaviours and ethics in various business environments.      

PDEV-2055Professional Development 2
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Learn and apply traditional and innovative job-search techniques and resume writing skills required to gain employment in today’s competitive marketplace. The student will also gain knowledge about their chosen career path by developing networking and business etiquette skills. Through a series of interactive workshops, discussions and role playing, the student will improve their interpersonal skills, intercultural awareness and personal brand.


Computer/Laptop Requirements

Beginning Fall 2022, the Applied Accounting program will require students to bring a laptop.

Applied Accounting requires a Microsoft Windows 10 or Windows 11 device. 

MacOS is not compatible with business software used in this program; please see footnote at the bottom of this page.*

Devices must be ready to use on the first day of classes (or orientation) and students should be familiar with the basic operation of their machine. Electronic resources, software and applications will be introduced in the first few days of the term and will be in use during classes almost immediately.

Students do not have to buy from a specific vendor or manufacturer; they are free to find the best device that meets or exceeds the minimum specifications for their program.

Minimum hardware requirements:


Minimum Requirement


Intel® Core™ i5 Processor or AMD equivalent

RAM (memory)



Integrated or external


USB, with integrated microphone


IEEE 802.11ac / n


One USB 2+, HDMI

Additional Considerations:
  • Students are responsible for their own device maintenance and repairs (operating system and hardware)
  • RRC Polytech will provide on-campus network connectivity, and will provide support for software licensed by the College.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is provided at no additional charge for students
  • Laptops with 4-6 hours battery life between charges are ideal for on-campus learning
  • Ensure you have a reliable internet connection while off-campus; RRC Polytech recommends a minimum speed of 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
*If you intend to use a Mac, you must configure your Mac to run Microsoft Windows. What does this mean for you? This means that your instructors will be teaching in a Microsoft Windows environment, and you will require Microsoft Windows to participate in classroom activities and to complete graded assignments.

Transfer Credit Opportunities


You may be eligible for transfer credit based on previous studies at RRC Polytech or another recognized post-secondary institution. Please see www.rrc.ca/transfercredit for transfer credit requirements and the procedure to request credit.


Graduates of this program may be eligible to receive some advanced standing at other provincial institutions such as Booth University, University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and the Certified Professional Accountants of Manitoba. 

Transferring credits to other Red River College Polytechnic programs

Students who desire to further their knowledge of accounting may consider applying to the Business Administration program as an accounting major. If this interests you, discuss this option with the Applied Accounting Program Coordinator.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Other Information

Please click the link to download a PDF copy of the Applied Accounting Program's At a Glance sheet:

Graduation Requirements

For students registered in the Applied Accounting program with a 2020-2021 Catalogue year, the requirements to graduate are as follows:
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 (as per policy A12).
  • A minimum grade of D in all courses.

Employment Potential

Employment opportunities will vary, depending upon your personal preferences, ability, and prior work experience. Most graduates find employment as accounting or finance clerks or small business bookkeepers in the following sectors:

  • Public administration
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale trade
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Retail trade
  • Finance and insurance

For more information, see our Graduate Employment Report.

Academic Advising Service
Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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