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Administrative Assistant / Bookkeeper Diploma Program Winnipeg

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Program Overview

The Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper diploma program is designed to give you an understanding of office procedures, bookkeeping, and Sage computerized accounting software.  As a graduate of this program, you will be able to obtain an entry-level position as an Administrative Assistant or Bookkeeper.

  • Gain basic knowledge of common office procedures and develop professional business skills necessary to communicate in a dynamic workplace
  • 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
  • Transition the concepts of manual bookkeeping to a computerized accounting environment
  • Learn proper typing techniques and improve your keyboarding accuracy
  • Learn to perform functions common to all Microsoft Windows applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Program Delivery

This program is offered at multiple Robertson College campus locations and via Robertson Online. Select a campus below to view campus specific information, like schedule information and enrolment dates.

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Program Details

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Winnipeg Campus



35 Weeks



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Admission Requirements

Candidates interested in this program need to have their high school diploma or GED. 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 will find employment in businesses of all sizes across a variety of sectors.

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Office Assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Executive Assistant
  • Bookkeeping Clerk
  • Accounting Clerk
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.

Virtual Classroom
January 24, 2022
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Topics of Study

Administrative Office Procedures - 60 Hours

This course introduces the student to a variety of office procedures that are essential to a smooth and efficient operation. Students will learn to manage data and record management systems as well as appropriate file organization. Project management skills combined with general office skills provide a foundation on which to manage daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Students will also learn how to plan meetings and conferences, and make travel arrangements.


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.

Business Communication - 60 hours

Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical approach, students develop strong oral, written, body language and presentation skills to become effective business communicators. Learners will continue to strengthen professional writing, speaking, reading, listening skills, as well as using technology to communicate professionally in a business context. In addition, learners will use communication technology tools to support operations in the workplace.

Business Management Skills - 60 hours

General business office management skills such as accounting, problem-solving, and basic sales and marketing techniques are essential to any office. Students will learn these business skills as they relate to the specific profession.


Career Preparation - 40 hours

This course introduces learners to career preparation strategies.  Learners will be introduced to job search strategies, interviews and other career management strategies.

Customer Service - 20 hours

This course provides a foundation for customer service, and recognizes that clients and colleagues can all be considered customers. Focus is on building customer relationships through the development of positive customer care approaches that includes respect for diversity and ensures organizational integrity.

Digital Technology - 60 hours

This course allows students to understand, communicate, and adapt to a digital world as it impacts their personal life, society, and the business world. Students will learn to use electronic tools, systems, devices and resources in a business environment to enhance communication and business opportunities.

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.

Keyboarding - 20 hours

Students will learn the fundamental skills to become proficient in keyboarding techniques, achieving 40 words per minute with three errors or less.

Microsoft 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.

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.

Sage 50 - 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. 

Workplace Health and Safety - 20 hours

Administrative Office Assistants are responsible for creating a safe work environment while engaging in self-protection to maintain their own health and well-being. Students will learn how to set up and maintain a safe work environment when working alone and/or with clients and colleagues. Universal precautions and infection control techniques will also be covered. Students will explore ergonomically sound work practices.

Practicum - 160 hours

The practicum is required for learners in order to gain and apply the knowledge and skills learned throughout all other courses in the program. Learners will gain confidence in skills as they progress. All program competencies are practiced and evaluated by the practicum employer(s) or mentor.

Campus Experience

Virtual Classroom

Have the flexibility to live your life while learning remotely in our Virtual Classroom. Our flexible start dates, small class sizes and online learning tool Brightspace will help you stay on track with your assignments and connect with your peers and instructors.

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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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 enrollment contract. Practicum is a full-time, unpaid commitment, and is jointly-procured (where you work directly with our WorkForce team to obtain a training-related placement).  Your active participation with our Workforce 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

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