Employment Training – Accounting Assistant
Covid-19 Response and our Delivery of Services
Facilitators will conduct remote lessons using materials shared via Moodle, email, and software suitable for each program. Equivalent class contact hours will be delivered remotely. Regular weekly telephone contact will be made with each student to answer individual questions.
Child Care Assistant practicum placements are being delivered using online simulations and Bookkeeping practicum placements are being replaced with online professional development.
At this time, all Employment Training classes will be delivered to students through a distance learning model. Each course will continue to be scheduled in their regular semesters, and will be expected to be delivered in the same time period as their face-to-face classes were. Classes may include (but are not limited to):
- Interactive webinars
- Discussion forums
- Group work
- Daily Tests
Daily Attendance and student progress on a continual basis is required for students who wish to continue to receive their funding each month.
Columbia College will continue to prepare to welcome you into our next intake in May 2020. Please note that in consideration of the direction provided by the Alberta Health Services at that time, the delivery method of the program may include distance learning activities for some or all of the courses. If you have questions about our May intake, please reach out to us as we look forward hearing from you.
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This program is for individuals who want to work in entry level roles within the Accounting Industry. The primary focus will be on double entry bookkeeping and the preparation of basic financial statements. These skills will be practiced manually and using computerized accounting software (Quickbooks).
Some examples of jobs include: accounting assistant, accounting clerk, accounting technician, bookkeeper, customer service representative, night auditor, inventory controller, and data entry clerk.
Accounting Assistant/Bookkeepers Earn: $15.00 – $23.00 per hour to start.
Employers of Graduates
The following is a list of organizations that have hired graduates of this program:
- Calgary Board of Education
- H&R Block
- Scotia Bank
- Southland Transportation
CLB 5/6 (48 week program) or CLB 6+ (32 week program) and Mathematical Skills Grade 9+.
This is an excellent program for those who have completed ESL and/or have reached satisfactory levels of LINC study.
- 32 or 48 weeks
- Get Academic Upgrading in Essential Skills English, Financial Math, and Computers (48 week program only).
- Get training in:
- Occupation Specific Vocabulary
- Workplace Language, Culture and Communications
- Customer Service
- Work Strategies
- Work experience placement – up to 5 weeks
- Career and job placement support from an Employment Specialist/Job Coach.
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Tutoring is available for students. If you require tutoring, please contact your Program Manager or designate.
Tuition Fees and General Fees
Full-Time Enrollment Costs
This program is funded by Alberta Human Services. Students may be eligible to receive financial assistance to attend full-time. Please contact the college at 403-235-9300 for further details. For more information about tuition and the Columbia College Tuition chart, please see the Tuition and Fees page.
January, May, and September
- Apply for admission by filling out an application form. The form may be submitted in person, by email, fax, mail, or apply online. Please see Admissions for more details.
- An Admissions Advisor will contact you once your application has been received.
Students who successfully complete their educational goals as set out in their Individual Student Service Plan will receive a Certificate of Program Completion (must achieve minimum course requirement of 70% or higher in each course). All graduates will be invited to attend Columbia College’s Convocation ceremony.
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- Lectures 1
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Certificate No
- Assessments Self