Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Accounting Technician Diploma

Getting a career started is easy as 1, 2, 3 with the Accounting Technician Diploma. Study part-time and online while keeping your work and life commitments intact. You even have the option of using your diploma to expand your professional opportunities later down the road by laddering into TRU-OL’s Bachelor of Commerce program.


Work independently or within a larger organization as a(n):

  • Accounting technician
  • Accounting assistant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll clerk
  • Tax preparation assistant

 Calendar Description

The Accounting Technician Diploma program prepares you to serve as a para-professional alongside professional accountants in industry, private practice and government, doing much of the support work.

Accounting Diploma Technician program graduates find employment with public accounting firms working on files and basic tax returns. In larger organizations, they work in payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable departments, and as general accounting clerks. In small businesses, they often find work as bookkeepers.

 Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must submit a Program Admission form.

Admission Recommendations

  • Foundations of Math 12 or equivalent, with a minimum of C+
  • English 12/English 12 First Peoples or equivalent, with a minimum of 73%

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 9 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Diploma Requirements

60 credits total, with a GPA of 2.00 (a grade of C-) or higher in all courses required to complete this credential, as follows:

MATH 1071, Fundamentals of Mathematics for Business and Economics (3)
or MATH 1101, Finite Mathematics (3)
ENGL 1101, Composition (3)
STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
ECON 1221, Introduction to Basic Economics (3)
or ECON 1901, Principles of Microeconomics (3)
CMNS 1291, Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
MNGT 1711, Introduction to Business (3)
ECON 1901, Principles of Microeconomics (3)
or ECON 1951, Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
FNCE 2121, Financial Management (3)
ACCT 2211, Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 2251, Management Accounting (3)
ACCT 2281, Accounting Software Systems (3)
MIST 2611, Management Information Systems (3)
ORGB 2811, Organizational Behaviour (3)
BLAW 2911, Commercial Law (3)
ACCT 3201, Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 (3)
ACCT 3211, Intermediate Financial Accounting 2 (3)
ACCT 3221, Income Taxation 1 (3)
ACCT 3231, Income Taxation 2 (3)
ACCT 3251, Intermediate Management Accounting (3)

Elective Requirements (3 credits)

If you elect to take ACCT 2211 instead of ACCT 1211/1221, you must take an additional 3 credits of electives.

Student Responsibility

Accounting Technician Diploma program students who are considering laddering into the Bachelor of Commerce are encouraged to review that program's requirements before selecting diploma elective courses so as to minimize the number of additional credits required to complete the Bachelor of Commerce.

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select are available and appropriate for your program of study and educational goals. Otherwise, you may find that a course does not meet the program's requirements and cannot be applied toward that program's credential.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


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