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Accounting Technician Diploma Program Edmonton

Improve your bottom line with an Accounting Technician diploma.

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Accounting Technicians or administrative professionals with accounting knowledge are integral to any office setting. Not only do they have the skills needed to manage and perform office procedures, they can also perform basic accounting and bookkeeping. Employment opportunities exist for Accounting Technicians across many industries, in the private and public sectors and in organizations of all sizes.

Program Overview

The Robertson College Edmonton Accounting Technician diploma program will help you develop proficiency as an entry-level accounting professional with courses covering accounting and bookkeeping fundamentals, computerized accounting software and key business skills needed to succeed in today’s demanding workplaces.

  • Learn the fundamentals of accounting and bookkeeping and understand how to apply manual bookkeeping using journals
  • Understand financial accounting principles and practices
  • Gain basic computer skills and learn to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Access)
  • Learn to use computerized accounting software including Quickbooks and Simply Accounting
  • Develop written and oral business communications skills


Graduates are qualified to work across many different industries, in the private and public sectors and in organizations of all sizes.

  • Administrative Professional
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Office Assistant
  • Accounts Payable / Receivable Administrator
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Bookkeeping Clerk
  • Receptionist

Topics of Study

Administrative Office Procedures - 20 hours

An introduction to common office procedures, 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.

MS Office Applications - 80 hours

Prepares 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.

Keyboarding - 20 hours

Improves touch typing skills on a keyboard with a focus on improving speed and accuracy. This course increases job efficiency and understanding of work station ergonomics.

Business Communications - 60 hours

Focuses on the essential skills for basic business writing and professional interaction. This course also emphasizes the role technology plays in the workplace to enhance communication.

Customer Service - 20 hours

Provides a foundation for customer service, and focuses on building lifelong customer relationships through the development of positive customer care approaches.

Career Preparation - 40 hours

Introduces students to strategies for a successful job search, interview and career management.

Bookkeeping - 80 hours

An introduction to basic bookkeeping practices and procedures. Students gain experience with typical bookkeeping functions, including recording journal entries, posting to ledgers, and preparing a variety of statements.

Financial Accounting - 80 hours

Familiarizes students with basic accounting terms, basic accounting tools and preliminary accounting processes.

Quickbooks Accounting - 60 hours

Familiarizes students to one of the most commonly used accounting softwares. 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 in using QuickBooks in the workplace.

Sage Accounting - 60 hours

Introduces students to the popular Sage computerized accounting software that many small to medium sized businesses use today.

Introduction to Human Resources - 20 hours

Reviews of the human resource functions that assist an organization deliver value through proper management of the employee life cycle.

Excel for Accounting - 20 hours

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.

Accounting Technician Program Work Experience Practicum

Participate in a 4-week work practicum to gain valuable work experience before graduation.

Rhonda Gaetz

Rhonda Gaetz is an experienced educator with over 14 years of experience in Adult Continuing Education. Prior to joining Robertson College in 2014, Rhonda owned and operated a small construction business with 20+ employees where she performed full payroll and accounting cycles including month-end and year-end procedures, bank reconciliations and generated financial reports. In the classroom, Rhonda is an enthusiastic and dedicated instructor who is passionate about sharing her business acumen and business management background with her students and guiding them through their educational journey. Her lectures integrate the principles taught with real-world business scenarios, allowing her students to gain practical industry knowledge.

Rhonda Gaetz

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