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:

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

The Accounting Technician Diploma program prepares you for a position as a para-professional who serves as a support worker with accountants in industry, public practice and government. As a graduate, you may find employment in public accounting firms, working on files and basic tax returns; in larger organizations as a payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and general accounting clerk; and in a small business as a bookkeeper.

 Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission

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

Admission Recommendations

BC Grade 12, mature student status or equivalent

One of the following Math courses is recommended:

  • Foundations Math 12 with a C+ or better
  • Pre-Calculus Math 12
  • Principles Math 12 with a C+ or better
  • MATH 0633 or equivalent

In addition, one of the following is recommended:

  • English 12
  • English 12 First Peoples with a minimum of 73% (within the last five years)
  • Level 5 on the Compositions section of the Language Proficiency Index (LPI), with all other categories of the LPI at a minimum of 70% (within the last two years)
  • Satisfactory completion of the TRU English assessment (ACCUPLACER) at the university entrance level
  • ENGL 0661 with a grade of C+ or better
  • ESAL 0570 and ESAL 0580 with a grade of C+ or better

Residency Requirements

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

Diploma Requirements

60 credits total, with a graduating GPA of 2.00 or higher over all courses required to complete this credential, as follows:

Core Knowledge Requirements (57 credits)

MATH 1071, Fundamentals of Mathematics for Business and Economics (3) or MATH 1091, Business Mathematics (3)
STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
ACCT 1211, Accounting I (3)
ACCT 1221, Accounting II (3)
CMNS 1291, Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
CMNS 1811, Business, Professional and Academic Composition (3)
ECON 1901, Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 1951, Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
FNCE 2121, Financial Management (3)
ACCT 2251, Management Accounting (3)
ACCT 2281, Accounting Software Systems (3)
MIST 2611, Management Information Systems (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)
ACCT 4231, Assurance (3)

Elective Requirements (3 credits)

Students who elect to take ACCT 2211 instead of ACCT 1211/ 1221 must take an additional 3 credits of electives.

Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for consulting with their Program Advisor to ensure that the courses they select are available and appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval from their Program Advisor may find that a course does not meet program requirements. Without such approval, students risk not being able to apply a course toward a credential. If the course can be used toward the credential, students will be required to pay the transcript assessment fee.


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