Monday, November 19, 2012

Accounting Clerk – Microcomputer Program Meets Industry Standards

Among the key duties for those in the Accounting Clerk field are: reconciling bank statements; verifying and posting details of business transactions, such as funds received and disbursed, and totals accounts; maintaining files, including general ledger journal vouchers, accounts payable documentation, and other miscellaneous filings; printing daily accounts payable checks and inserting checks and invoices into envelopes for mailing; maintaining regular contact with other departments to obtain and convey information and/or to correct transactions; auditing daily sales reports submitted by location management; handling customer and employee accounts receivable; and more. At Centennial College’s Accounting Clerk – Microcomputer program students are taught all of these skills in just one year and can go on to not only obtain jobs as Accounting Clerks but also as Administrative Assistants, Bookkeepers and Accounts Receivable/ Payable Clerks.

The Accounting Clerk – Microcomputer program puts an emphasis on the process and storage of payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable information. Specific Accounting Clerk courses include: Financial Accounting (two levels), Taxation, Business Operations, Microcomputer Applications Software (two levels), Payroll, Small Business Software, Management Accounting and Accounting Microcomputer Applications. Many of these courses are qualified for exemptions with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). Lastly, an overview of other business functions in an organization is provided. To ensure that they apply what they learn prior to graduation, students are taught the latest accounting clerk software, including Simply Accounting for Windows and the GL, A/R and A/P modules for ACCPAC for Windows. These software programs, as well as all of the courses, are mastered in fully equipped state-of-the-art computer facilities with the guidance of knowledgeable and approachable instructors who have solid experience in the industry as professional accountants. It is worth noting that the Accounting Clerk program is focused on being learner-friendly and as such offers flexibility in its curriculum design.

Students of the Accounting Clerk program may use the offering as a pathway to further education at Centennial College. Upon graduating, they are able to transfer, with credit, into Centennial's two- or three-year accounting programs to earn an Accounting diploma or advanced diploma.

To apply for the Accounting Clerk position, interested parties are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or are 19 years of age or older; and have completed the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and math 11C, M or U or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent. However, please note that possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the accounts payable clerk offering.

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