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Accounting Technician

An accelerated program that helps students learn the keys areas of accounting.

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    In-Class: Instructor-led classes held in-person at one or more of our 4 campuses.
    Hybrid: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule held remotely on video over the Internet, with some courses delivered in-person at one of our 4 campuses.
    Remote: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule, held remotely live on video over the Internet.
    Online: Flexible schedule with a set weekly pace and the support of facilitators when you need it; delivered over the Internet.
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    Campus is required
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    Type

    Diploma

    Duration

    37 Weeks (NB),
    41 Weeks (NS)

    Internship

    Available

    Program Outline

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    About The Program

    The Accounting Technician program allows students to learn intermediate and management accounting, and how to use computerized accounting programs with Sage 50 & 300.

    Career Opportunities

    As an Accounting Technician graduate, you will qualify for positions such as: Accounting Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, and Accounting Assistant.

    Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

    • On Task Property Management
    • Roadway Systems Limited
    • Nordia
    • Universal Staffing

    Salary

    86 %

    Employment Rate*

    $ 20

    Average Wage/hr**

    $ 26

    High Wage/hr**

    *Employment Rate based on 2019 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.

    Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

    NOC Code: 1311 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar, and based on Nova Scotia data. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in July, 2021.

    Available Learning Options

    At Eastern College we aim to provide learning options that meet everyone's need. This program is currently available in:

    In-Class

    Instructor-led classes held in-person at one or more of our 4 campuses.

    Accounting Technician

    Duration: 37 Weeks (NB),
    41 Weeks (NS)

    Internship: Available

    Program Outline NS

    Remote

    Instructor-led classes on a set schedule, held remotely live on video over the Internet.

    Accounting Technician

    Duration: 37 Weeks (NB),
    41 Weeks (NS)

    Internship: Available

    Program Outline NB

    Program Details

    Are you interested in overseeing the day-to-day finances of a company? Do you want to learn the in-and-outs of bookkeeping and payroll, as well as the core principles of accounting? If so, the Accounting Technician program at Eastern College is just what you need to kick-start your new career.
    Get the accounting training you need to succeed in a business environment; learn about ledger entries, balance sheets, computerized accounting, image development, business math, and concepts in finance. You will also understand how to manage financial transactions for a business, as well as learn how to write for comprehension.

    Students enrolled in the program receive:

    • Opportunity to study the key areas of financial accounting.
    Course Listings: New Brunswick
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    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Bookkeeping Level I and II
    Emphasis is placed on analyzing and recording business transactions using the rules of double-entry bookkeeping. Adjusting journal entries are recorded and basic financial statements prepared. Preparation and posting of journal entries for a merchandising business are examined, coupled with preparation of cost of goods sold, cash and trade discounts, closing entries, and the use of special journals and subsidiary ledgers. Students will learn fundamental accounting principles, understand the classification of assets, liabilities, equities, utilize the double-entry system and a general ledger chart of accounts, post entries to those accounts, and prepare trial balances and the three financial statements. The complete accounting cycle is examined through closing entries, worksheets and the post-closing trial balance.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Math
    This module provides the students with an understanding of arithmetic, mathematics, and measurements used in common business and industry environments. At the end of the module the student will be able to define whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages; become familiar with equations and formulae; and learn the use of graphs..
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
    This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
    This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Digital Literacy for Professionals
    This course has four units that introduces you to the fundamental concepts and principles of learning and working in a digital environment. The first unit introduces you to using devices and handling information with topics on operating systems (Windows, MAC, and Linux), computer organization (folder management and naming conventions), cloud storage (including Microsoft OneDrive), types of web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari), and fundamental troubleshooting. In the second unit, you will become familiar with creating and editing information through learning about file formats (pdf, mp4, docx), productivity (including iWork and Microsoft Office Suite) and creativity (Adobe, Canva, iMovie) platforms, and basic introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The third unit on communicating and collaborating will introduce you to web conferencing applications (Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams), mail applications (including Microsoft Outlook and Gmail,), project management tools (Trello, Asana), and time management tools (including Todoist, Outlook Calendar, and iCal), and building rapport virtually. In the final unit, you will gain an understanding on netiquette, cybersecurity, and digital wellness. After completing this course, you will have enhanced digital literacy skills as a professional in the working and learning environment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Finance
    Management of the financial transactions of a business is absolutely critical to its survival. This introduction to finance will examine the analysis of changes in financial statements and interpretation of financial statements through ratio analysis, budgeting and profit planning, business plans, the cost of capital, and forms of financing, management of capital structure and capital investment decisions, working capital management and the time value of money, along with business valuation concerns.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Intermediate & Management Accounting
    Focusing on internal business processes, this module examines the different methods of depreciation (amortization), accounting for asset disposal, revision of depreciation along with departmental/responsibility accounting and job order cost accounting. Additionally, bank reconciliations, cash control, temporary investments and the monitoring of accounts receivable are examined, as well as accounting for cost of goods sold, techniques for inventory control, along with payroll accounting procedures.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Internal Control
    The importance of the accounting cycle and of internal control procedures is highlighted with a major hands-on project. The project, a realistic business simulation, takes the student through the steps of the accounting process from the origin of transactions through to the preparation of financial statements. Emphasis is on the use of documentation and detailed recording and summarizing of events. Students will understand and visualize the entire accounting process.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Computerized Accounting with Sage 300
    Accounting procedures in a corporate type computerized environment are examined using the General Ledger, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable modules of Sage 300. Students learn and practice essential Sage 300 skills including company, general ledger, accounts receivable and accounts payable setup, creating and posting transaction batches including invoice, cash and adjustment batches, general ledger reports and procedures, month end and year end procedures, accounts receivable and accounts payable reports and procedures and processing of both manual and system cheques.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Computerized Accounting with Sage 50
    Accounting procedures in a small business style computerized environment are examined using the general, payables, receivables payroll, inventory and project modules of Sage 50. Students practice complete setup procedures including general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, inventory and job cost setup, and record a wide variety of business transactions. Period end procedures, financial statement design, graphing and reports, and multi-currency situations are also explored.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Database Management
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Access. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, including creating and modifying database tables, defining table relationships, sorting data, creating simple and advanced queries, creating and formatting forms and reports, and creating and running macros.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Presentations
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft PowerPoint. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills centered around the creation of attractive, professional-looking presentations. Students learn how to effectively use and format animations, transitions, pictures, audio, video, charts and tables, as well incorporate speaker notes and annotations into their presentations.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Word Processing
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Word, and builds on the skills introduced in Computer Fundamentals. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including formatting text for layout and appearance, formatting document sections, using styles, working with header/footer content, inserting and formatting tables, graphics and pictures, working with templates and themes, using advanced editing features, and working with mailing tools.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Spreadsheets
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Excel. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including creating, formatting and printing worksheets, creating simple and advanced formulas, using mathematical, logical, statistical and financial functions, creating and modifying charts and pivot tables, and using data tools.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
    In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Writing for Comprehension
    Through lectures, textbook exercises, and classroom labs, this module teaches students the skills and knowledge necessary to apply basic business writing skills when creating various memos; routine letters; good news letters; persuasive and bad news letters; presentations; and meeting agendas.
    Course Listings: Nova Scotia
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    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Bookkeeping Level I and II
    This course will introduce the analysis and recording of business transactions using the rules of double-entry accounting. Adjusting journal entries are recorded and basic financial statements are prepared. Preparation and posting of journal entries for a business are examined, coupled with preparation of cost of goods sold, cash and trade discounts, closing entries, and the use of special journals and subsidiary ledgers. Students will learn fundamental accounting principles, understand the classification of assets, liabilities, equities, utilize the double-entry system and a general ledger chart of accounts, post entries to those accounts, and prepare trial balances along with the appropriate financial statements. The complete accounting cycle is examined through closing entries, worksheets, and the post-closing trial balance.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Math
    This module provides the students with an understanding of arithmetic, mathematics, and measurements used in common business and industry environments. At the end of the module the student will be able to define whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages; become familiar with equations and formulae; and learn the use of graphs..
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
    This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
    This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Digital Literacy for Professionals
    This course has four units that introduces you to the fundamental concepts and principles of learning and working in a digital environment. The first unit introduces you to using devices and handling information with topics on operating systems (Windows, MAC, and Linux), computer organization (folder management and naming conventions), cloud storage (including Microsoft OneDrive), types of web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari), and fundamental troubleshooting. In the second unit, you will become familiar with creating and editing information through learning about file formats (pdf, mp4, docx), productivity (including iWork and Microsoft Office Suite) and creativity (Adobe, Canva, iMovie) platforms, and basic introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The third unit on communicating and collaborating will introduce you to web conferencing applications (Slack, Zoom, Microsoft Teams), mail applications (including Microsoft Outlook and Gmail,), project management tools (Trello, Asana), and time management tools (including Todoist, Outlook Calendar, and iCal), and building rapport virtually. In the final unit, you will gain an understanding on netiquette, cybersecurity, and digital wellness. After completing this course, you will have enhanced digital literacy skills as a professional in the working and learning environment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Finance
    This course will introduce students to financial decision making for students with no previous exposure to finance principles. Topics covered will enable students to master the language and concepts to succeed in an accounting or business environment with an emphasis on budgeting and obtaining business financing.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Field Placement - Accounting Technician
    On successful completion of the classroom hours of this program, students will be placed on field placement at an outside organization. Students will have the opportunity to apply their newly developed knowledge and skills in a real-world environment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Intermediate & Management Accounting
    This course will introduce students to financial decision making for students with no previous exposure to finance principles. Topics covered will enable students to master the language and concepts to succeed in an accounting or business environment with an emphasis on budgeting and obtaining business financing.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Internal Control
    In this course, students will consolidate and enhance their previous accounting training and apply it to real-world scenarios. The students will review and further develop understanding in GAAP and GAAS. Students will gain a better understanding of auditing, audit preparation, and the concept of audit trails. This will be accomplished through the detailed creation and filing of source documents. Students will complete source documents, input data, create financial statements, and electronically file all materials in the cloud environment using a state-of-the-art cloud-based training package.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. QuickBooks
    This course will introduce the accounting cycle in QuickBooks and further the student’s knowledge of accounting procedures in payroll, collections, payables, cash management, and bank reconciliations. Topics covered include inventory management and adjustment procedures with an overall emphasis on accurate documentation and procedures in QuickBooks.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Computerized Accounting with Sage 300
    In this course, students will learn to set up banking and taxes service modules in Sage 300. Students will also learn to set up vendor and customer records and process transactions in the accounts payable and accounts receivable modules of Sage 300.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Computerized Accounting with Sage 50
    Accounting procedures in a small business style computerized environment are examined using the general, payables, receivables payroll, inventory and project modules of Sage 50. Students practice complete setup procedures including general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, inventory and job cost setup, and record a wide variety of business transactions. Period end procedures, financial statement design, graphing and reports, and multi-currency situations are also explored.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Database Management
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Access. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, including creating and modifying database tables, defining table relationships, sorting data, creating simple and advanced queries, creating and formatting forms and reports, and creating and running macros.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Presentations
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft PowerPoint. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills centered around the creation of attractive, professional-looking presentations. Students learn how to effectively use and format animations, transitions, pictures, audio, video, charts and tables, as well incorporate speaker notes and annotations into their presentations.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Word Processing
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Word, and builds on the skills introduced in Computer Fundamentals. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including formatting text for layout and appearance, formatting document sections, using styles, working with header/footer content, inserting and formatting tables, graphics and pictures, working with templates and themes, using advanced editing features, and working with mailing tools.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Spreadsheets
    This software lab module consists of online training and assessment in Microsoft Excel. Students learn a comprehensive set of skills, with coverage including creating, formatting and printing worksheets, creating simple and advanced formulas, using mathematical, logical, statistical and financial functions, creating and modifying charts and pivot tables, and using data tools.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
    In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Writing for Comprehension
    Through lectures, textbook exercises, and classroom labs, this module teaches students the skills and knowledge necessary to apply basic business writing skills when creating various memos; routine letters; good news letters; persuasive and bad news letters; presentations; and meeting agendas.
    Admission Requirements
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    High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.

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