Accounting Assistant Certificate


In the Accounting Assistant program students will specialize in Accounting and Office Skills. Students will be equipped with knowledge in Office Programs, Manual Accounting, Computerized Accounting, and Payroll.

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.

Learning ObjectiveS

Upon completion of this 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
  • Develop an awareness of the skills needed to work in today’s workforce
  • Develop interpersonal communications and office skills
  • Set up books for small businesses
  • Perform accounting duties such as
    • 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 and
    • Payroll duties

Admissions Requirement

Minimum 18 years of age or out of school for a minimum of 1 year.


Offered at both Kelowna and Surrey campus.


Contact Focus College for pricing.


12 weeks.

  • IBM compatible computer with a minimum of 8 Gigabyte hard drive, 1 Gig Ram
  • Windows 10
  • Office 2016
  • Sage 50 Accounting Software
  • QuickBooks Software
  • Please see the book list
  • On campus delivery.
  • 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.


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

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.

Microsoft Excel teaches the information worker 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.

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

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

This course is filled with insights into improving one’s written business communications. From everyday letters, emails, and reports to Web site content, proposals, and new media, students will discover what it takes to make every written word and document.

College Accounting covers 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 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. 

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. 

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. 

This course gives an overview of 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. 

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