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Robertson College / Programs / Accounting & Payroll Administrator
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Accounting & Payroll Administrator Diploma Program Calgary

Providing you with a basic understanding of office procedures, bookkeeping, Sage and Quickbooks computerized accounting, corporate and financial accounting, and payroll administration. 

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Program Overview

Robertson College’s Accounting and Payroll Administrator program is designed to give you a basic understanding of office procedures, bookkeeping, Sage and Quickbooks computerized accounting, corporate and financial accounting, and payroll administration.

  • Be introduced to facets of corporate accounting, including corporate financial statements preparation and analysis, cash flow analysis and reporting, capital assets and liabilities
  • Develop an understanding of basic financial accounting principles and practices according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Learn bookkeeping basics and how to perform day-to-day financial transactions, including general journal entries, accounts payable and receivables and the operation of petty cash
  • Learn payroll-related legislation and payroll fundamentals (Canadian Payroll Association curriculum)
  • Transition the concepts of manual bookkeeping to a computerized accounting environment (Sage and Quickbooks will be covered)
  • Gain basic knowledge of office procedures and develop professional business skills necessary to communicate in a dynamic workplace
  • Learn proper typing techniques and improve your keyboarding accuracy
  • Learn to perform functions common to all Microsoft Windows applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

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Program Details

Quick Facts

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Format:

Calgary Campus

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Duration:

48 Weeks (11 Months)

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Schedule:

5 Days a Week
8:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Practicum:

4 Weeks
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Admission Requirements

Our admissions agents can work with you to ensure you meet the program’s criteria. This program is not currently open to International Students. Need advice? A Student Admissions Advisor is here to support you.

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Accreditation

This program is recognized by The Canadian Payroll Association. The contents of this program meets the academic requirements needed to challenge the Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification exam.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates will find employment in businesses of all sizes, across a variety of sectors.

  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounts Payables / Receivables Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bookkeeping Clerk
  • Office Manager
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Tax Clerk
  • Payroll Analyst
You could be earning in less than a year
$35,360-$56,992

Lifetime Career Services

Even though you’ll leave Robertson once you graduate, we will support you throughout your career. Our team will help you with resume building, job hunting and interview preparation and will continue to guide you as you advance in your role.

Before you graduate, you’ll be paired with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that are committed to your success and helping you thrive.

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Next Start Dates

Virtual Classroom
November 2, 2020
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New start dates are being released all the time. Contact us for more dates.

Not near a Robertson campus?
This program is also available online.

Topics of Study

Administrative Office Procedures - 20 hours

This course introduces students to common office procedures. Topics such as human relations; organization structure and office layout; office technology; front-line reception; aspects of business communication specific to the office professional; and record keeping are covered.

Business Communications - 60 hours

This course teaches students the essential skills for basic business writing and professional interaction.  This course also emphasizes the role technology plays in the work place to enhance communication.

Customer Service - 20 hours

This course provides a foundation for customer service, and focuses on building life-long customer relationships through the development of positive customer care approaches.

Bookkeeping - 80 hours

This course introduces basic bookkeeping practices and procedures. Students will gain experience with typical bookkeeping functions including recording journal entries, posting to ledgers, and preparing a variety of statements. The course emphasizes a hands-on approach to manual bookkeeping, and students will complete a variety of chapter exercises along with an ongoing case study.

Financial Accounting - 80 hours

The aim of this accounting course is to familiarize students with basic accounting terms, basic accounting tools and preliminary accounting processes.

Quickbooks Accounting - 60 hours

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student to one of the most commonly used accounting software. This course utilizes a diversity of companies, business situations and realistic source documents to simulate “real” accounting transactions.  Understanding how accounting software processes accounting transactions combined with the student’s knowledge of fundamental accounting principles will create competency of using QuickBooks in the workplace.

Sage 50 Accounting - 60 hours

This course is designed to introduce learners to the popular Sage 50 computerized accounting software that many small to medium sized businesses use today.

Payroll Compliance & Legislation - 80 hours

This subject will provide students with the payroll-related legislation affecting organizations, as well as the tools to find information and apply that information to different scenarios in relation to individual pay.  Students who complete this course will know the payroll compliance responsibilities that affect organizations, be able to comprehend payroll legislation, and be able to effectively communicate these to all stakeholders. Payroll Compliance Legislation is offered through the Canadian Payroll Association.

Payroll Fundamentals 1 - 100 hours

This subject provides students with both knowledge and practical application in applying payroll legislation and calculating individual pay; includes all components of individual pay from remuneration, through deductions, to net pay for both regular and non-regular situations. Students will have the content and skills to effectively communicate all aspects of the individual pay calculations process to external and internal stakeholders. Payroll Fundamentals 1 is offered through the Canadian Payroll Association.

Payroll Fundamentals 2 - 80 hours

This subject provides students with knowledge and skill to calculate and report government and third party remittances, year-end requirements and accounting for payroll at the compliance level for an organization.  Students will be able to effectively communicate these organizational processes and requirements to internal and external stakeholders. Payroll Fundamentals 2 is offered through the Canadian Payroll Association.

Introduction to Human Resources - 20 hours

This course provides a general overview of the human resource functions that assist an organization deliver value through proper management of the employee life cycle.

Excel for Accounting - 20 hours

This course teaches students to streamline repetitive tasks and display spreadsheet data in more visually effective ways using more of Excel’s built-in functions to perform complex calculations.  Students learn to create charts, use graphics and develop data management skills in an Excel spreadsheet.

Corporate Accounting - 60 hours

The aim of this accounting course is to familiarize students with accounting terms, accounting tools and accounting processes for corporate accounting.

Keyboarding - 20 hours

In this course, students will understand how to use a keyboard properly, and develop greater keyboarding speed and accuracy.

MS Office Applications - 80 hours

This course will prepare students to perform functions common to all Microsoft Windows applications. Elements include the ability to create and manipulate Word, Excel, or PowerPoint applications, modify the display of toolbars and other on-screen elements, use online help, and perform file management, editing, formatting and printing functions common to most Windows applications.

Campus Experience

Half-Day Classes
Have the flexibility to live your life while going to school with our half-day classes. Our flexible start dates and small class sizes give you plenty of opportunities to learn when it’s best for you and gain the hands-on skills to succeed in any industry.

Industry-Leading Instructors
Learn from industry professionals who bring real-life experience into the classroom. You can book office hours or get virtual support from your instructors through Brightspace, where you can schedule video appointments and use instant messenger to ask questions.

Lifelong Career Services
Connect with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that will help you with resume building, interview preparation and networking.

Financial Assistance and Funding

Robertson offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation. Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

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Practicum

The practicum is an essential part of a student’s program. It is not merely a graduation requirement; it is an extension of the in-class learning. The practicum asks you to apply the skills, theories, and concepts that you learned in your classes in an entry-level work experience situation.

Practicum must begin and end within the dates outlined in your program schedule and enrolment contract. Practicum is a full-time, unpaid commitment and is presently available in 2 formats:

  • A self-procured practicum
  • A practical project

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