Accounting Assistant / Bookkeeper
The Accounting Assistant/Bookkeeper diploma program prepares students for careers in bookkeeping and accounting. In this program, students develop an excellent background in general accounting and bookkeeping principles with significant emphasis on the use of accounting software. The program covers the latest versions of Sage 50 and QuickBooks, the most popular commercial accounting software used in business today.
Graduates will have well-rounded skills that can easily be adapted to other software programs. In addition to the accounting software, students learn a full set of computer applications that are required to compete in the job market; including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Qestions & Answers
An Accounting Assistant/Bookkeeper is responsible for recording financial transactions, maintaining financial records, and ensuring accuracy in financial statements. They assist in preparing budgets, processing invoices, reconciling accounts, and generating financial reports.
Important skills for an Accounting Assistant/Bookkeeper include proficiency in accounting software, knowledge of bookkeeping principles and practices, attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and the ability to analyze and interpret financial data accurately.
Accounting Assistants/Bookkeepers typically handle tasks such as recording financial transactions, reconciling bank statements, processing accounts payable and accounts receivable, preparing payroll, maintaining the general ledger, and assisting in the preparation of financial statements and reports.
While there is no specific educational requirement for an Accounting Assistant/Bookkeeper, most employers prefer candidates who have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Some positions may require an associate’s degree in accounting or a related field. Relevant certifications, such as Certified Bookkeeper (CB), can also enhance job prospects.
Accounting Assistants/Bookkeepers can advance their careers by gaining experience and additional education. They can become Senior Bookkeepers, Accounting Managers, or pursue further professional certifications, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Advancement may also involve taking on more responsibilities, managing a team, or specializing in a specific area of accounting, such as taxation or auditing.