Computing Accounting Assistant - Applied Business Technology Certificate

Develop new office administration skills to advance your career with flexible and supportive online classes designed to give you specialized computer accounting skills to advance your career in virtually every type of business and industry.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Online
Starts: Varies by course. Contact an educational advisor.
Length: 1 year
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After 24 years as a licensed optician, I was ready for a change. I was able to take Applied Business Technology studies at NIC to complete my Accounting Assistant certificate. The flexibility of the courses allowed me to upgrade while working full time.

Linda Schmidt, HR and finance manager, Blue Ocean Dental Group

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Program Requirements

First 10 months

  • Complete the Applied Business Technology - Office Assistant I certificate

Next 10 months

Completion Requirements

  • To be eligible to receive a certificate, the student must achieve a minimum of 70% (B-) in each course listed for the certificate; except ABT-102 requires exit speed at 50 wpm.

Admission Requirements

  1. Successful completion of the Applied Business Technology - Office Assistant I certificate. Applicants with significant previous office experience may be admitted with department member approval.
  2. Keyboarding speed requirement is 40 wpm.  The timing speed is based on the average of three 3-minute timing with 3 errors or less.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

Transfer Credit & Credit For Prior Learning

If you are transferring from other colleges or institutions, you may be given transfer credit for course work upon presentation of transcripts provided the course credit was awarded no more than three years prior to the application for transfer credit to a maximum of 50 per cent of the certificate's required courses. If you are a recent high school graduate, it is recommended that you meet with an advisor to determine if any of your high school credits are eligible for transfer credit. If you have prior office work experience and wish to enter a certificate program, contact the department chair to determine your eligibility and program planning needs.


To Be Successful

  • Contact an Educational Advisor to help them to create an education plan that meets your goals within the available time needed to complete the program.
  • You will need access to a personal computer (a Mac computer is not recommended, nor is a mobile phone or tablet), the Internet and access to email. Applied Business Technology-Office Administration programs require a minimum operating system of Windows 10 and Office 365, Office 2016 or Office 2019 (Note: Office 365 is available to NIC students through the Library Learning Commons. Additional software, supplies or equipment may be required for some courses.

Richelle Gardiner-Hynds

Richelle Gardiner-Hynds

Department Chair, Faculty

Applied Business Technology, Humanities & Social Sciences

Master of Arts, Integrated Studies (Athabasca University)

Subjects: Applied Business Technology, History, Women's Studies
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4159 | Location TYE - 214
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9707

Shirley Ackland

Shirley Ackland

Applied Business Technology
Port Hardy Campus 250-949-7912

Jeannette Gingras

Jeannette Gingras


Applied Business Technology

Bachelor of Science (University of Prince Edward Island)

Subjects: Applied Business Technology
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4810 | Location VLG - F06

Donna Ley

Donna Ley


Applied Business Technology

Bachelor of Management (Athabasca University)
Port Hardy Campus 250-949-7912 ext. 2876 | Location PH - 110

Christian Madarasz

Christian Madarasz
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8761 | Location NOR - 115A

Sabrina Van Hellemond

Sabrina Van Hellemond
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000

Program Highlights

Computing accounting skills are valued in nearly every type of business and industry and graduates with a Computer Accounting Assistant certificate can find employment in a range of areas. The program is comprised of nine online courses. You will complete tasks and assignments to meet specific deadlines, but may choose to complete them at times that best fit your schedule.

During the program, you are given an introduction to manual accounting, with particular attention paid to fundamental accounting principles and their application in day-to-day situations. You will learn common accounting systems, including sales, purchases, taxes and payroll.

You will also develop skills in computerized accounting and will learn software commonly used in this field. You will gain hands-on practice converting a manual accounting system to a computerized system.

The program also explores the diverse uses of spreadsheets in the office environment. You will learn to use the fundamental and advanced features of Microsoft Excel with ease. You will perform calculations with advanced formulas and functions, link to Excel data for mail merge and develop a custom Excel application.

You will be introduced to the Microsoft Access data management system and will learn to confidently use PowerPoint presentation software. You will also develop skills in effective job searching in today’s competitive and changing employment market, exploring self-assessment, networking, résumés, interviews, portfolios and career planning.

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to track accounts, work comfortably in an office environment and process a variety of business transactions expediently and efficiently. You will possess the skills required to work as an accounts receivable/payable and payroll clerk or general bookkeeper for a variety of small, medium and large companies.

Career Opportunities

As a Computing Accounting Assistant certificate graduate, you will qualify to work for a diverse range of businesses from proprietorships to large corporations as a bookkeeping assistant, data entry clerks, financial assistant, payroll support personnel and computer-related positions. The Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping supports NIC graduates by allowing transfer credit for specific course equivalencies.

About Online Learning

Online learning is the most rapidly expanding mode of teaching and learning on the planet. Online is ideal for students who wish to learn in their own environment using the Internet. Online learning allows you to learn, while also connecting with others. Applied Business Technology (ABT) course materials are available through the BC Campus portal and the technology is used to communicate with peers and instructors, and to submit assignments. The courses are delivered by a collaborative of North Island College and other post-secondary ABT instructors to students around the province.
Working in an online class in the Applied Business Technology online program is much the same as working in a face-to-face class. Interacting with peers in class discussions, and completing course work are accomplished in your time and place. Online learning provides access to the best course content and to qualified online instructors. Flexibility in the time taken to complete online courses is important to learners. You can attend your virtual classes when and where it is most convenient for you.
Planning and managing your time are keys to success in online learning. It is important to decide how much time you want to spend online and on which days. You must dedicate the required hours per week, but you choose the time (anytime during the day or night - 24 hours a day, seven days a week) to participate in your online course and meet deadlines. If you are a self-motivated, self-disciplined, and organized person - online learning will offer many benefits.
Your online instructor is available to assist you with guiding your learning, reviewing course content and assisting with any learning difficulties. You have the course materials, online instructor resource, online course progress, online web tools and your online class peers available to you for learner-centred activities. Your online instructors are available to answer questions and assist you with assignments through the pager, LiveRoom Chat, discussion, and email components of every course. The ABT online courses may include chat sessions, messaging, course mail, a public bulletin board for class discussions, calendars, study tips, and online assistance, as well as web-based course materials, quizzes, glossaries and links to other websites and resources. Online learning and research enables you to expand your educational experience to advance your career.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $1,515
NISU Fees $65
Books $1,125
Learner Resource $80
Total $2,785

This program is tuition refund Category 1.