Get the Skills for a Professional Career as an Accounting Assistant

A young woman, possibly an Accounting Assistant, is doing some calculations
How does jumping into an Accounting Assistant career in as little as 12 weeks sound? Learn more about this short program at Focus College

12 Week* Hands-On Accounting Assistant Training Program

If you’re someone who cares about details and likes working with numbers, this 3-month* course might be a great fit for you. The ideal person for this career is a strong communicator who can be trusted to keep information confidential and perform all duties with a lot of accuracy.

If this sounds like you, or if you feel you could get there with our high-quality training program, read on to find out how you can be ready to jump into an Accounting Assistant program in 12 weeks*!

Focus on your goal and we’ll get you the skills you need to make it a reality.

Career Opportunities

Students may find employment in many accounting and office positions, such as Clerks, Bookkeepers, Accounting Assistants, Accounts Receivable Clerks, Accounts Payable Clerks, Payroll Clerks, and Office Assistants.

Who Will Benefit from the Program?

Actually, most people have a lot to gain from taking this course. Former students returning to school, adult learners with families, working individuals who wish to enhance their career prospects, and people who wish to start their own businesses.


In the Accounting Assistant program students will specialize in accounting and office skills. The Accounting Assistant program will equip students with knowledge in the following:

  • Manual Accounting
  • Computerized Accounting and Payroll
  • Office Administration
  • Office Programs

Accounting Details Covered

  • Analyzing & journalizing
  • Preparing financial statements
  • Completing accounting cycle
  • Month-end and year-end preparations & adjustments
  • Banking & Bank Reconciliations
  • Handling Accounts Receivable/Payable duties
  • Inventory control duties
  • Payroll duties


Upon completion of the accounting assistant program, the successful student will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Work efficiently in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, Email, Sage 50 Accounting and QuickBooks
  • Develop the skills to create powerful presentations with graphs, tables, and embedded graphics
  • Gain an awareness of the skills needed to work in today’s workforce
  • Learn interpersonal communications and office skills
  • Set up books for small businesses


  • Minimum 18 years of age or out of school for a minimum of 1 year
  • In the case of students from non-English-speaking countries/territories, students will have to demonstrate their English proficiency at a minimum IELTS Band level of 6.0 or equivalent. (In a case where a prospective student has no proof of English proficiency or an English proficiency level below IELTS Band 6.0, that student will be required to take the Focus College ESL “Crash Course”)

“YEAR 1”

“Life Skills & Success Strategies”

This course covers the soft skills required to obtain and retain employment, including communication skills, emotional intelligence, goal setting, stress management, problem solving and teamwork.

“Word Processing: Word Levels 1 & 2”

This course teaches how to create different kinds of business documents using a variety of core and intermediate skills such as letters, memos, forms, newsletters, and reports.

“Spreadsheets: Excel”

Microsoft Excel teaches the candidate how to work with different types of documents using a variety of core and intermediate features to create and edit professional-looking spreadsheets for a variety of purposes and situations.

“Presentations: PowerPoint”

This Microsoft PowerPoint course covers all the topics needed to create and manage presentations. Some topics included are charts and tables, slide masters, adding multimedia elements, and delivering presentations.

“Internet/Email/Scheduling: Outlook”

This course teaches the candidate how to use various elements such as Mail, Calendar or Contacts to coordinate communications and collaborations with others. The user will acquire fundamental concepts and skills. They will build on this foundation as they increase their productivity in communication and sharing information with others.

“Business Writing (Business Letters/Memos/Reports)”

This course is filled with insights into improving one’s written business communications. From everyday letters, emails, and reports to website content, proposals, and new media. Students will discover what it takes to make every type of written document.[/accordion]

“College Accounting 1”

College Accounting provides a solid coverage of accounting concepts and principles. It establishes a foundation of accounting procedures within the traditional framework of a proprietorship accounting cycle, then builds on the framework as it examines additional methods of accounting for asset, liability and equity accounts. It also focuses on payroll procedures, tax responsibilities, special journals, banking procedures, financial statements, GST/HST payment, bad debts and completing the Accounting cycle for a merchandising company.

“Sage 50 Accounting Levels 1 & 2”

Sage 50 software will be used to complete the accounting cycle using all modules (General, Payable, Receivable, Inventory, and Payroll) and Project Costing. Students will learn how to analyze, journalize, and post the daily financial transactions using Sage. They will be able to produce the financial statements, do the month-end and year-end procedures.

“QuickBooks Levels 1 & 2”

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have learned accounting basics, introduction to QuickBooks, setting up chart of accounts, creating items, entering transactions for incoming funds, entering transactions for outgoing funds, maintaining financial information and working with reports. Students will complete an accounting cycle using QuickBooks, do adjustments, month-end and yearend procedures for small businesses.

“Payroll Principles”

This course is designed to educate the students with the basic rules and procedures for calculating payroll and payroll deductions. The course is focusing on both manual and computerized payroll calculations.

“Employment Strategies”

This course gives an overview of the skills required for self-employment. Instruction covers orientation of job skills, training required in the new millennium, job interview skills, resume writing, cover letters, and references.


Review our program pricing for full details.

Scholarships and other financing options are available for qualified candidates.


  • On campus delivery in Kelowna or Surrey through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training
  • Students are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the program
  • Student progress is monitored weekly through assignments, quizzes, projects and tests
  • Students are required to spend approximately 304 hours of self-study time
  • In order to graduate, students must pass all units through the program with a grade of 70% or higher

You will need the following supplies for this program:

  • IBM compatible computer with a minimum of 8 Gigabyte hard drive, 1 Gig Ram
  • Windows 10
  • Office 2016
  • Sage 50 Accounting software
  • QuickBooks software


Is Employment-Focused Training for a Career in Accounting Right for You?
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If you’re interested in exploring whether Focus College’s training programs and career opportunities as an Accounting Assistant are right for you, or you want to learn more about how you can transfer credits to one of our many international university partners, fill out the form on this page and we’ll get you some more information.

A helpful Focus College Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions you have and can help with everything from determining the right career path for you to discussing financial aid options.

*Program length when completed in normal time.