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Program length  

2 or 3 terms

Credential

Certificate

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TUITION & FEES


Canadian
Total: $6,818.50

International
Total: $18,500.50

 
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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or completion of ESLG 1898 with a minimum 50% or equivalent
  • 50% in Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 or 65% in Mathematics 20-1 or Mathematics 20-2 or equivalent*
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Further Opportunities

Explore all the possibilities your future holds with a NorQuest education.

Transferability

Some coursework completed in the Accounting Technician program can qualify for transfer credit towards post-secondary programs such as the NorQuest Business Administration diploma program, the Administrative Professional certificate program, or the Hospital Unit Clerk certificate program. Transfer credits are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Coursework completed at another post-secondary institution may be equivalent to coursework at NorQuest College. A formal assessment will be made to determine whether these courses qualify for transfer credit. Request forms may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar or online. Visit Transfer Credit for more information.

Internal transfer credit may be available from NorQuest’s Hospital Unit Clerk program. A request form is not required for internal transfer credit. Students can contact admissions@norquest.ca to inquire.

Career Potential

Accounting technicians are involved in processing invoices, recording receipts and payments, payroll, bookkeeping, auditing external and internal work, and preparing and checking ledger balances and other monthly and yearly accounts. They also handle company expenses, control budgets, prepare financial transactions, and use computerized accounting systems. Accounting technicians usually work regular weekday hours in a comfortable office environment.

Accounting technicians can work on their own, in a large accounts team, or alongside professional accountants. While they are not accountants, they can perform many of the same functions and are qualified to take accounts beyond the trial balance stage, as well as prepare full financial accounts. There is always a strong demand for these skills in industry.

Self-employed accounting technicians provide a range of accounting services to businesses, which may include advising on budgets and taxation issues, calculating end-of-year accounts, and consultancy.

Graduates of the Accounting Technician certificate program are workforce-ready and can be employed in positions such as accounting technician, accounting clerk, bookkeeper, office manager, accounting assistant, payroll administrator, accounts payable/receivable clerk, billing supervisor, and data entry professional.

Graduates may find employment in small businesses, government, banking, insurance, manufacturing, health services, not-for-profit organizations, retail, hospitality, and the oilfield and construction industries.

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For other related occupations, use the search feature in ALIS OCCinfo and WAGEinfo.