Offered at the Cold Lake campus - Fall, 2016
The Accounting Technician program at Portage College gives you extensive training in the most current software applications that will get you the job you want in the world of business - in less than one year. Learn manual and computerized accounting, communications and financial math, along with instruction in accounting projects, basic management principles, and office and reception duties.
Accounts payable and receivable, payroll and accounting clerk positions are always in demand with businesses, large and small. Prepare yourself for immediate employment in accounting positions in a variety of industries by obtaining valuable work experience during a three-week practicum placement at an established business. Ready yourself for a career in accounting!
You are more than just a face in the crowd at Portage: "It's the difference between lecturing and teaching." Ginette Labonté, Accounting Technician graduate (pictured above)
Grade 11 or equivalent with credit in:
May 2, 2016 - May 20, 2016
Become an Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk, Bookkeeper, Accounting Technician or Accounting Clerk. The tourism industry, health, education and social services fields, band or settlement offices, retail businesses, and oil and gas industries all offer great employment opportunities. You are also prepared to run your own business from home.
Courses are accepted by the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB) within the CIB professional development program.
Course ID: ACCT105
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.
Course ID: ACCT108
Name: ACCOUNTING PROJECTS
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
Course ID: ACCT116
Name: INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING I
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.
Course ID: ACCT117
Name: INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING II
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
Course ID: BUSI101
Name: OFFICE ESSENTIALS
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.
Course ID: BUSI113
Name: JOB SEARCH
Job Search assists students in identifying their skills, creating a resume, and preparing for, and participating in an interview.
Course ID: BUSI121
Name: INTEGRATED PROJECTS I
Integrated Projects I utilizes a series of projects to gain skills in application integration within the Microsoft Office Suite. Prerequisite – COMA 102, COMA 115, Co-requisite – COMA 111
Course ID: BUSI122
Name: INTEGRATED PROJECTS II
Integrated Projects II provides students with exposure to advanced integration of word processing, web page development and Internet applications. Prerequisite – BUSI 121
Course ID: BUSI140
Name: BUSINESS PRACTICUM
Accounting/Computer Applications 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.
Course ID: COMA101
Name: WORD PROCESSING-INTRODUCTORY
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.
Course ID: COMA102
Name: WORD PROCESSING-INTERMEDIATE
Students continue with Word covering topics such as headers and footers, columns, mail merge, styles, macros, graphics and forms. Prerequisite – COMA 101
Course ID: COMA103
Name: WORD PROCESSING-ADVANCED
Students continue to learn more advanced features in Word such as creating brochures, working with long documents and advanced mail merging. Prerequisite – COMA 102
Course ID: COMA111
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.
Course ID: COMA112
This course continues with Excel, covering topics such as absolute versus relative references, working with large spreadsheets, and database functions. Prerequisite – COMA 111
Course ID: COMA113
Advanced Excel topics covered include macros, exporting, importing, and linking spreadsheets. Prerequisite – COMA 112
Course ID: COMA115
Name: DATA BASE-INTRODUCTORY
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.
Course ID: COMA116
Name: DATA BASE-INTERMEDIATE
Students continue with Access, covering the following topics: maintaining a database, reports, group, creating and using forms. Prerequisite – COMA 115
Course ID: COMA145
Name: INTRODUCTION TO OPERATING SYSTEM SOFTWARE
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.
Course ID: COMM123
Name: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS I
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.
Course ID: COMM124
Name: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS II
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
Course ID: KEYB136
Students learn basic keyboarding skills in a Word environment.
Course ID: MATH117
Name: BUSINESS MATHEMATICS
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.