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 by laddering into the Bachelor of Commerce program.OL’s Bachelor of Commerce program.

The Accounting Technician Diploma program prepares you to work as a paraprofessional doing much of the support work for accountants in industry, private practice and government. Many graduates continue their studies and complete a business degree and can work toward the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

You can ladder into the Bachelor of Commerce degree and receive full credit for the courses taken in the diploma.


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

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

 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 Open Learning, please fill out a Program Admission Form and send it to OL Admissions.

Residency Requirements

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

Diploma Requirements

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

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 1211, Accounting I (3) and ACCT 1221, Accounting II (3) or
ACCT 2211, Financial Accounting (3) and one 3-credit elective
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)
Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a letter of permission. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.

 Contact Us

Please contact Business and Management Studies with questions specific to this program.