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Diploma Diploma in Bookkeeping

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Program Description

In the current accounting climate, the bookkeeper’s role is continually evolving. A bookkeeper is expected to know more than ever before and be able to take advantage of efficiencies of technology, while not compromising the historical and professional standards and requirements imposed by external regulations. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerk employment is expected to grow by 11 percent between 2012 and 2022. This job growth is largely driven by overall economic growth—as the number of organizations grows, more attention is paid to the accuracy of corporate records.

The Diploma in Bookkeeping provides academic and real-world examples to foster the exploration of accounting ethics and best practices, while honing students’ skills through hands-on practice. Throughout this program, students are exposed to concepts such as debits, credits, “T-accounts,” journal accounting, GAAP concepts, accrual record keeping, double-entry record keeping, computerized accounting systems (QuickBooks, Xero), management versus accounting reports, and record-keeping issues related to start-ups.

Throughout the two-semester, blended program, students complete in-class and at-home assignments to build their understanding and to expand their base of knowledge in the bookkeeping field. In addition, students have the ability to work in teams to present concepts, building their ability to communicate effectively with others in the field. The program explores each concept in depth, and applies them to real-world examples for functional context and expertise. Participants build and hone their skills as a record keeper and are exposed to concepts that will help them to grow into future roles.

Work Product

Students are required to create a portfolio of assignments showcasing their understanding of, and ability to apply, bookkeeping concepts. This portfolio will consist of manual and computerized reports, journals, and record-keeping support to demonstrate the their understanding and application of key concepts. To demonstrate understanding of internal controls and fraud prevention, participants will give a 15-minute recorded final presentation, including five minutes of Q&A at the end of the final class to demonstrate public speaking and communication skills. Once in the job market, students will be able to utilize this work product to illustrate their understanding and abilities within the bookkeeping cycle.

Job Skills

  • Journal accounting
  • Report creation and knowledge
  • Teamwork and public speaking
  • Adjusted entry creation and recording
  • QuickBooks/Xero proficiency

 

Job Titles

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Accounting Staff

Tuition: $2,200

Duration

2 semesters

You'll Walk Away With

  • The ability to perform major functions within the bookkeeping cycle with confidence, both manually and in computerized applications such as QuickBooks and Xero
  • The ability to communicate effectively within the bookkeeping field through a mastery of terminology and concepts
  • A working knowledge of internal controls and an understanding of why they are important
  • Experience working in teams and presenting to management with confidence
  • An understanding of the unique issues facing start-up companies

Required Program Curriculum

hand selected to give you the skills and training you need to start your new career

Fundamental Bookkeeping Concepts

Begin by taking a basic look at accounting terminology and concepts through the study of manual double-entry accounting.

2017 Summer
1 section

Advanced Bookkeeping Concepts

Explore the functional application of many record-keeping concepts, such as accrual accounting and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

2017 Summer
1 section

Computerized Accounting and Bookkeeping Systems

Learn the complete bookkeeping cycle for a typical business in a computerized accounting environment.

Start-up Bookkeeping and Internal Controls

Examine accounting issues for start-ups and high-growth organizations, and analyze books and records of existing companies.

JobFocus: Diploma in Bookkeeping

Gain a better understanding of the job market and of employer expectations in the field of bookkeeping.

General Admission Requirements

For those who have earned a high school degree

• Evidence of earning a high school degree or a GED

• If out of high school for 5 years or more, two years
  work experience required

 

Fundamental Bookkeeping Concepts

Begin by taking a basic look at accounting terminology and concepts through the study of manual double-entry accounting.

2017 Summer
1 section

Advanced Bookkeeping Concepts

Explore the functional application of many record-keeping concepts, such as accrual accounting and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

2017 Summer
1 section

Computerized Accounting and Bookkeeping Systems

Learn the complete bookkeeping cycle for a typical business in a computerized accounting environment.

Start-up Bookkeeping and Internal Controls

Examine accounting issues for start-ups and high-growth organizations, and analyze books and records of existing companies.

JobFocus: Diploma in Bookkeeping

Gain a better understanding of the job market and of employer expectations in the field of bookkeeping.