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
  • Accounts receivable clerk
  • Payroll clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Tax preparation assistant
 Calendar Description

The Accounting Technician Diploma program prepares graduates for positions as paraprofessionals that serve alongside professional accountants in industry, private practice and governments, doing much of the support work. Graduates find employment with public accounting firms working on files and basic tax returns; as payroll, accounts receivable, accounts and general accounting clerks in larger organizations; or as bookkeepers with smaller business enterprises. 

It is expected that most graduates will continue their studies at a later date and complete a business degree either on-campus or online and possibly earn a professional designation such as the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Students can ladder into the Bachelor of Commerce degree and receive full credit for the courses taken in the diploma.

 Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  1. Prepare effective business documents including memorandums and short reports.
  2. Solve business problems using complex quantitative techniques.
  3. Describe the environment that businesses operating in, the functions of management, and the role of different management disciplines.
  4. Maintain the financial records of a small- and intermediate-sized business using computerized accounting software.
  5. Utilize spreadsheet and other application software in day-to-day work activities.
  6. Explain how effective management information systems can contribute to an organization’s success.
  7. Discuss how human and interpersonal behaviour theory can be applied to maximize organizational efficiency.
  8. Collect and analyze complex information to assist management in making more effective operational decisions.
  9. Compute the income taxes payables for an individual or corporation applying effective tax planning strategies.
  10. Manage an organization’s operating and fixed assets effectively and fund those assets with an optimal mix of debt and equity financing.
  11. Apply the basic principles of contract, tort, employment and other areas of business law to decision making.
 Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission

The following are recommended:

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

If you plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL, please complete a Program Admission Form.

Residency Requirements

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

Diploma Requirements

MNGT 1711, Introduction to Business (3)
ENGL 1101, Composition (3)
CMNS 1291, Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
MATH 1071, Fundamentals of Mathematics for Business and Economics (3) or
MATH 1101, Finite Mathematics (3)
STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
ECON 1221, Introduction to Basic Economics (3) or
ECON 1901, Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 1901, Principles of Microeconomics (3) or
ECON 1951, Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ORGB 2811, Organizational Behaviour (3)
BLAW 2911, Commercial Law (3)
MIST 2611, Management Information Systems (3)
ACCT 2211, Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 2251, Management Accounting (3)
ACCT 2281, Accounting Software Systems (3)
FNCE 2121, Financial Management (3)
MKTG 2431, Marketing (3) or
HRMN 2821, Human Resource Management (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)

Graduation Requirements

Sixty credits, with an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher, and with a grade of C- or higher in all courses

A grade of C- or higher is required to receive transfer credit. Non-graded (pass/fail, complete) or university preparation courses will not be accepted.

Student Responsibility

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.


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