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.
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.
- Journal accounting
- Report creation and knowledge
- Teamwork and public speaking
- Adjusted entry creation and recording
- QuickBooks/Xero proficiency
- Accounting Clerk
- Accounting Assistant
- Accounting Staff
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