Accounting Administrator Program Outline & Career Information

An Accounting Administrator calculates, prepares, and issues bills, invoices, account statements and other financial statements according to established procedures, using manual and computerized systems. Other duties include, processing, verify and balance financial records and business transactions, such as accounts payable and receivable, and enter date into ledger or computerized system. Accounting Administrators are employed by banks and other financial institutions, insurance companies, federal, provincial and municipal governments, accounting and bookkeeping firms, retail stores, manufacturing establishments. Commonly used job titles include accounting clerk, accounts payable clerk, accounts receivable clerk, audit clerk, billing clerk, tax clerk, finance clerk, budget clerk, billing clerk. Accounting clerks are usually paid a salary and typically work 9 to 5, Monday through Friday.

Accounting Program Length

Theory (In school – includes testing) 28 weeks

Internship 4 weeks

Total 32 weeks

Intro to Computers and Microsoft Office

This module will provide students with an overview of Microsoft Office and create skills that permit them to work with several MS modules as they relate specifically to project management. Students will develop skills in Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point, MS Project and Outlook.

Business Communications / Interpersonal Skills

This module will provide student the tools to develop the business English and interpersonal communication skills necessary to function in the modern business setting. This module provides a review in English grammar, sentence structure and punctuation as they apply to business communication. Students will also learn effective interpersonal communication skills for managing personal and working with co-workers.

Accounting Concepts and Manual Bookkeeping

This module introduces students to accounting concepts and principles including GAAP, the Accounting Cycle, Accounting Information Systems and Financial Statements. Students will learn how to record business transactions in journals, prepare bank reconciliations, apply accounting for assets, managing cash, accounts, notes receivables, inventory and capital assets.

Payroll Fundamentals and Legislation

This module will teach the student “how” we do payroll. Students who complete this module will be able to apply payroll legislation and calculate individual pay. Included are all components of individual pay from remuneration, through deductions, to net pay for both regular and non-regular situations. Students will also gain the knowledge and skills to effectively communicate all aspects of the individual pay calculation process to external and internal stakeholders. Students will also learn to accurately complete Records of Employment.


This module will provide students with an overview of QuickBooks features with emphasis on the payroll module, installing and configuring QuickBooks, setting up ledger and journals, saving and backup procedures.

Sage Simply Accounting

This module will provide students with an overview of Sage Simply Accounting features with an emphasis on the payroll module, installing and configuring Simply Accounting, setting up ledgers and journals, saving and back up procedures.

Job Search, Interview Skills, Resume Writing

This module will help students prepare for employment, conduct a successful campaign to find employment and be successful in their career. Some of the topics included will be the preparation of a resume, cover letter and thank you letter to use in a job search.

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