Accounting Technician

Competence breeds confidence.
This 35-week program is designed to be an administration certificate with a specialization in Bookkeeping.  Your training in both manual and computerized accounting, payroll, communications and Microsoft Office Suite will make your skillset a sought-after asset for employers across all industries.

The last component of the program is a three-week practicum placement aimed at providing on-the-job training, furthering your employment opportunities.

Career Potential
Where would you like to work? There are a range of  employment opportunities for Accounting Technicians in virtually every kind of organization. Possible job opportunities are:

• Accounts Receivable/Payables Clerk              
• Bookkeeper        
• Accounting Clerk
• Assistant Controller       
• Invoicing Clerk       
• Payroll Clerk

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Admission Requirements
Grade 11 or equivalent with credit in:

  • English 20, 20-1, 20-2, or 23 and
  • Math 20 (Applied or Pure), 20-1, 20-2 or 23
  • OR successful completion of basic skills tests (Nelson Denny and Business Math)

Transferability
Courses are accepted by the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB) within the CIB professional development program. ACCT116, ACCT117 and MATH117 are accepted for Advanced Credit in the Business Administration Certificate program.

What makes us different?
Our programs uniquely prepare students by allocating more instructional hours for the application of concepts that the big schools simply don't have time for. Our small class sizes, individual attention, and additional instructional hours, all contribute to student success and employability post-graduation.

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For the 2017-2018 academic year, the Accounting Technician program is offered at the Cold Lake campus only.

Accounting Technician

  • ACCOUNTING PROJECTS

    Course ID: ACCT108

    Name: ACCOUNTING PROJECTS

    Hours: 85

    Credits: 3

    Students will obtain a sound working knowledge of a current computerized accounting package by completing workbook exercises in Simply Accounting. Modules in this package will incorporate accounting simulations which are very similar to real life experiences of entering transactions and preparing various financial reports in an accounting office. Manual projects such as using the calculator and a full cycle accounting project will also be carried out. Co-requisite – ACCT 117

  • PAYROLL

    Course ID: ACCT105

    Name: PAYROLL

    Hours: 53

    Credits: 3

    Those responsible for payroll must ensure that employee remuneration is accurate, timely and in compliance with legislation established by the Canada Revenue Agency.  Students will gain knowledge of how to calculate pay under regular and non-regular circumstances, determine expenses, allowances and benefits and complete a Record of Employment. Exposure to the Alberta Labour Standards and CRA regulations will assist students in ensuring they prepare precise payroll records, complete year-end documentation and remit accurate payments to government and non-government stakeholders.

  • OFFICE ESSENTIALS

    Course ID: BUSI101

    Name: OFFICE ESSENTIALS

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 0.5

    Office Essentials is designed to enable students to work in an office setting. Basic office skills are presented to allow students to be an effective office worker.

  • JOB SEARCH

    Course ID: BUSI113

    Name: JOB SEARCH

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 0.5

    Job Search assists students in identifying their skills, creating a resume, and preparing for, and participating in an interview. Prerequisites - COMA102, COMA123

  • INTEGRATED PROJECTS I

    Course ID: BUSI121

    Name: INTEGRATED PROJECTS I

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Integrated Projects I utilizes a series of projects to gain skills in application integration within the Microsoft Office Suite. Pre-requisite – COMA102, COMA111 Co-requisite – COMA115

  • INTEGRATED PROJECTS II

    Course ID: BUSI122

    Name: INTEGRATED PROJECTS II

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Integrated Projects II provides students with exposure to advanced integration of word processing, web page development and Internet applications. Prerequisite – BUSI 121

  • BUSINESS PRACTICUM

    Course ID: BUSI140

    Name: BUSINESS PRACTICUM

    Hours: 105

    Credits: 1.5

    Accounting Technician students participate in a three-week supervised field practicum. Placements are arranged by the Business Program instructors to provide the best experience possible. Prerequisite – COMA 102, satisfactory progress in ACCT 117 and ACCT 108, and Business program approval.

  • WORD PROCESSING-INTRODUCTORY

    Course ID: COMA101

    Name: WORD PROCESSING-INTRODUCTORY

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Students are provided with an introduction to the use of computers for word processing with use of Microsoft Word. The topics covered in this course include creating and editing documents using wizards, working with tables, and formatting text with indents and tabs.

  • WORD PROCESSING-INTERMEDIATE

    Course ID: COMA102

    Name: WORD PROCESSING-INTERMEDIATE

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Students continue with Word covering topics such as headers and footers, columns, mail merge, styles, macros, graphics and forms. Prerequisite – COMA 101

  • WORD PROCESSING-ADVANCED

    Course ID: COMA103

    Name: WORD PROCESSING-ADVANCED

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Students continue to learn more advanced features in Word such as creating brochures, working with long documents and advanced mail merging. Prerequisite – COMA 102

  • SPREADSHEETS-INTRODUCTORY

    Course ID: COMA111

    Name: SPREADSHEETS-INTRODUCTORY

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    This course provides students with an introduction to spreadsheets using Excel. Topics examined include creating and editing a spreadsheet, saving, retrieving, printing, formats, copying, functions, formulas, and graphs.

  • SPREADSHEETS-INTERMEDIATE

    Course ID: COMA112

    Name: SPREADSHEETS-INTERMEDIATE

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    This course continues with Excel, covering topics such as absolute versus relative references, working with large spreadsheets, and database functions. Prerequisite – COMA 111

  • SPREADSHEETS-ADVANCED

    Course ID: COMA113

    Name: SPREADSHEETS-ADVANCED

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Advanced Excel topics covered include macros, exporting, importing, and linking spreadsheets. Prerequisite – COMA 112

  • DATA BASE-INTRODUCTORY

    Course ID: COMA115

    Name: DATA BASE-INTRODUCTORY

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    This course provides students with an introduction to databases using Access for Windows. Topics covered include creating a database, creating tables and graphs, entering information, and querying a database.

  • DATA BASE-INTERMEDIATE

    Course ID: COMA116

    Name: DATA BASE-INTERMEDIATE

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    Students continue with Access, covering the following topics: maintaining a database, reports, group, creating and using forms. Prerequisite – COMA 115

  • INTRODUCTION TO OPERATING SYSTEM SOFTWARE

    Course ID: COMA145

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO OPERATING SYSTEM SOFTWARE

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 1

    This course introduces students to a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment. It allows them to fully understand system software relating to program software and hardware. File management is emphasized.

  • BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS I

    Course ID: COMM123

    Name: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS I

    Hours: 53

    Credits: 2

    Business Communications I reviews and develops skill in using standard English principles. Covered within this context is the proper use of grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary essential to anyone wishing to be a successful office worker. This course identifies common usage errors and demonstrates how to correct them.

  • BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS II

    Course ID: COMM124

    Name: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS II

    Hours: 53

    Credits: 2

    Business Communications II reviews and extends skills in using standard English principles, including grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling. Proofreading and editing for common usage and formatting errors in a variety of business documents are emphasized. Writing skills are introduced and applied to memos, letters, and other common business documents. Oral communication and presentations is also covered. Prerequisite – COMM 123

  • KEYBOARDING

    Course ID: KEYB136

    Name: KEYBOARDING

    Hours: 22

    Credits: 0.5

    Students learn basic keyboarding skills in a Word environment.

  • INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING I

    Course ID: ACCT116

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING I

    Hours: 85

    Credits: 3

    Within the conceptual framework of accounting, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, students are introduced to the accounting equation and the effect various transactions have on it. An introduction to ledgers, trial balances, the income statement, and balance sheet are presented. The accounting cycle, accounting for merchandise operations, internal control, controlling cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and inventories are introduced and examined individually. Students complete in-class assignments to ensure their understanding of the above concepts.

  • INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING II

    Course ID: ACCT117

    Name: INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING II

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    Capital assets are discussed with reference to recording acquisition cost, amortization, exchanges and disposal. Short-term and long-term liabilities, partnerships, corporations, share capital, and the statement of cash flows/cash flow analysis are introduced and examined individually. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles are examined through-out the course, as they relate to the specific subject areas. As a final integration, the student will study the analysis of financial statements. Prerequisite – ACCT 116

  • BUSINESS MATHEMATICS

    Course ID: MATH117

    Name: BUSINESS MATHEMATICS

    Hours: 64

    Credits: 3

    MATH 117 is designed to provide students with knowledge of the fundamental principles and concepts of business mathematics, and to develop their abilities to apply these principles and concepts to solve practical business problems. This course includes a lab component.

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