School of Business

Accounting Technician Diploma Program

Improve your bottom line with an Accounting Technician diploma.

Program Delivery


Program Overview

The Robertson College Accounting Technician diploma program will help you develop proficiency as an entry-level accounting professional with courses covering accounting fundamentals, key business skills, and popular computerized accounting software.

  • Learn manual bookkeeping and accounting processes and how to prepare financial statements, budgets, and financial records
  • Learn to use computerized accounting software including Quickbooks and Sage50
  • Develop your keyboarding and basic computer skills
  • Gain essential administrative and support skills to ensure the smooth operation of any office
  • Develop written and oral business communications skills

Program Delivery

Online Learning

  • Study on your own schedule with the option to attend live lectures throughout the week to connect with your instructor.
  • Remote learning doesn't mean you're doing it on your own! You will always have the support of your instructors and education team through video calls, discussion boards and more.
  • Brightspace helps you stay on track and hold you accountable while giving you flexibility.

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Program Details

Quick Facts



41 Weeks (10.25 Months)



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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.

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Career Opportunities

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
You could be earning in less than a year

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

Online on your own time with 3 real-time optional sessions per week with your instructor. Real-time sessions are recorded so that you have the option to watch them at a later time.

February 26, 2024
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March 25, 2024
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New start dates are being released all the time. Contact us for more dates.

Topics of Study

Quickbooks - 60 Hours

Familiarizes students 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 in using QuickBooks in the workplace.

Sage Accounting - 60 Hours

This course introduces students to one of the most common accounting tools used – Sage 50. By the end of the course, students should be able to navigate Sage 50 and use it for accounting applications.

Bookkeeping - 60 Hours

This course introduces 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. They will develop an understanding of controls in bookkeeping and understand the importance of accuracy in bookkeeping.

Business Math - 20 Hours

This course introduces students to the business mathematics used within the accounting profession. Students will review simple calculations and perform more complex calculations including decimals, fractions, percentages, and ratios. Students will use business math to calculate currency conversion, compound interest, trade discounts, markups and markdowns, break-even, and other business calculations.

Business Taxation - 40 Hours

This course introduces students to Goods and Service Tax (GST) principles and regulations. Students will develop the skills to complete accurate tax returns, develop the skills to correct tax errors and omissions, and understand the implication of GST reporting errors on an organization.

Career Preparation - 40 Hours

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

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.

Microsoft 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.

Elements of Costing - 40 Hours

This course introduces students to the importance of costing as a source of information for organizational decision-making. Students will develop skills in performing costing systems which include labor, material, overhead, and other variables. They will learn how to report on costing and provide information on organizational performance.

Financial Transactions - 40 Hours

This course introduces students to financial transactions. Students will develop the skills to process customer and supplier transactions and record these using cash books and ledgers. They will develop the skills to identify the accuracy of customer and supplier documents and learn to deal with outstanding debt.

Intermediate Accounting - 80 Hours

This course introduces students to the basic elements of double-entry bookkeeping and the standards used to process and report financial information to users. Students will develop an understanding of how to draft financial documents related to the purchase and disposal of assets, depreciation, and period-end adjustments.

Internal Controls - 40 Hours

This course introduces students to the importance of the accounting cycle and implementing internal controls within the profession. Students will explore different methods of internal controls such as documentation, the use of regulations, policies, and requirements. They will also become familiar with the external audit process. Students will develop the skills to identify unethical and illegal acts and to report these behaviors.

Introduction to AT Profession - 40 Hours

This course introduces students to the Accounting Technician (AT) profession. Students will develop an understanding of the role of the Finance Department, and the roles and responsibilities of the AT professional. They will develop an understanding of data and information security, ethical conduct and corporate responsibility as it relates to financial management.

Personal Taxation - 40 Hours

This course introduces students to personal taxation principles and regulations. Students will develop an understanding of deductions, capital gains, losses and taxable income. They will develop the skills to prepare and submit personal tax returns.

Professionalism - 40 Hours

Being a professional in a professional workplace ensures a positive first impression, successful interpersonal relationships, and a lasting reputation. This course provides training in leadership skills that ensure adaptability to a continually changing work environment. Topics covered include initiative, teamwork, and continuous learning.

Practicum / Practical Project - 160 Hours

The practicum component of the program is required for students in order to gain and apply the knowledge and skills learned throughout all other courses in the program. Students will gain confidence in skills as they progress.

Learning Experience

Structured Online Learning
The program is delivered online via Brightspace, our online learning platform where you will be able to access your course materials, complete tests and quizzes, submit assignments, attend real-time sessions in your virtual classrooms or get help from your instructors.   

Attend Real-Time Sessions or Watch the Recording at Your Convenience
You choose when and where you want to study. All real-time sessions are optional. You can choose to attend or tune in to the recording at a later time so you don’t miss out!

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.

How It Works

Getting Started

Our flexible start dates give you plenty of opportunities to plan for school and live your life around it.

Taking the Course

All Robertson Online courses are hosted on Brightspace, an online platform designed to give you everything you need to succeed in remote learning.

Entering the Workforce

Our programs set you up to adapt to industry changes and thrive in our modern digital workforce.

Visit the How It Works page to learn more about our online student experience. To learn more about how Brightspace gives you everything you need to succeed in your online courses, click here.

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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The practicum is an essential part of a learner’s program. It is both a graduation requirement and an extension of 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 jointly-procured — where you work directly with our Practicum team to obtain a training-related placement.  Your active participation with our Practicum team in the search for your practicum placement will enhance your career development skills, industry networking opportunities, and professional communication skills.

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Program Availability

This program is neither available on campus or via Robertson Online.

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