This program teaches the practical and technical skills required to qualify and secure employment in entry-level roles within the accounting industry. The primary focus will be on double entry bookkeeping and the preparation of basic financial statements. These skills will be practiced manually and using computerized accounting software (QuickBooks).
Anticipated salary range is $15.00 – $25.00 per hour to start.
Example Job Titles Include (but are not limited to): Accounting assistant, accounting clerk, accounting technician, bookkeeper, customer service representative, finance advocate, night auditor, inventory controller, and data entry clerk.
Classes are interactive and involve learners in group discussions, research, role plays, practical application of skills, and presentations. Active participation in class is expected. As learners progress through this program, they will build their confidence levels, gain experience, and increase their ability to perform entry-level accounting tasks in real situations. Embedded within the curriculum are job search strategies, industry vocabulary, computer skills, and professional behaviours (also referred to as Skills for Success) which will help learners improve their success in the workforce.
This program is funded by the Government of Alberta, Foundational Learning Assistance. Students may be eligible to receive financial and childcare assistance to attend full-time studies. Please contact Columbia College at 403-235-9300 for further details.
The Accounting Assistant program follows a mastery learning model. These sessions will be delivered on an as needed basis. Students whose weekly test results fall below the Mastery Learning level must attend tutorial classes that Friday afternoon. Concentration will be focused on areas that the student does not understand. These tutorial sessions provide learners who are having trouble with additional staff support. Focus will be placed on mastering the competencies and skills required to become successful in the accounting field.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a Certificate of Program Completion (must achieve minimum course requirement of 70% or higher in each course). All graduates will be invited to attend Columbia College’s Convocation ceremony.
- Lectures 1
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Yes