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Accounting and Payroll Administration Online Program
Learn the accounting software, payroll procedures, and bookkeeping skills employers are looking for. Start your career in just 10 months.
What’s Your Role as an Accounting and Payroll Administrator?
Accounting and payroll administrators are the backbone of every business. They balance the books, make sure employees get paid correctly, and help companies make smart financial decisions.
The role and job description of an accounting and payroll administrator includes:
- Managing accounts receivable and payable
- Preparing and processing bills and invoices
- Preparing budgets
- Preparing the general ledger and journal entries
- Producing financial statements
- Inventory management
- General office tasks, filing, updating employee records
- Preparing and processing payroll
- Ensuring payroll compliance
Herzing College Accounting and Payroll Administration Program
Herzing’s Accounting and Payroll Administration program is practical, fast, and flexible. Learn the skills you need to get hired, while fitting courses around your busy schedule.
- 10-month diploma program (20 hours per week, Monday – Thursday)
- 6-week internship
- Multiple program start dates throughout the year
- Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify
- Career support to find your first job after graduation
Graduates of Herzing’s Accounting and Payroll diploma program are qualified for entry-level accounting jobs, such as:
- Financial Officer
- Accounting Assistant
- Accounting Technician
- Payroll Clerk
- Accounts Payable Clerk
- Accounts Payable Administrator
This program teaches all the duties and skills of an accounting and payroll administrator. Topics include Microsoft Office, Canadian accounting software, payroll procedures, business math, and payroll compliance.
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This course covers the use of the Microsoft Office applications Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Topics include creating documents, editing text, creating tables, importing images, creating large documents, managing document sections, creating slideshows, managing themes, and using Outlook for email, calendars and tasks.
This course provides the study of the elements and principles of a database management system using Microsoft Access. Topics include entering and editing data, queries and filters, creating and customizing forms, creating and printing reports, and customizing fields and tables.
This introductory basic accounting course presents the accounting cycle beginning with journalizing transactions and ending with the production of financial statements. Topics include accounting concepts and practices, recording transactions, adjusting accounts, preparation of worksheets and the closing process, and preparation of financial statements for service and merchandising businesses.
This course is the continued application of accounting principles and practices as related to corporations and partnerships as well as the analysis of financial statements. Topics include capital assets, current and long-term liabilities, partnership accounting, organization and operation of corporations, reporting income and retained earnings, earnings per share, installment notes payable and bonds, statement of changes in financial position, and analyzing financial statements.
This course is designed to provide in-depth understanding of Sage 50, an integrated computerized accounting package, including payroll. Topics include the general ledger, accounts receivable transactions, accounts payable transactions, setting up company files, payroll transactions, inventory management, end-of-period processing, and generating financial statements and accounting reports.
This course is designed to provide practical application of accounting principles using another accounting package, Quick Books. Topics include systems basics and file setup, general ledger setup, invoicing and purchasing transactions, accounts payable and receivable, cash receipts and disbursements, job costing and reporting, payroll setup and processing and working with budgets, business analysis and business simulations.
This course begins with introducing the functions, objectives and responsibilities of the payroll department. It then guides the student through the complete payroll process. The calculations of deductions and benefits are detailed. Topics include payroll processing methods, hours of work, leaves, terminations, payroll deductions, taxable benefits, pension plans, EI premiums, income tax, calculating net pay and records of employment. Further topics include sales and service tax, payroll accounting, payroll government remittances, year-end processes, Workers’ Compensation, company benefit plan administration and auxiliary programs.
This course provides a basis of mathematics and arithmetic skills for students entering a business program to help prepare for accounting and other math related functions. Topics include working with decimal values, fraction calculations, cross-multiplication, proportions, percentage calculations, simple and compound interest, and preparing a personal budget.
This course provides the opportunity to study the operation and application of Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet package. Topics include building a spreadsheet, creating formulas, using functions, creating charts, maps, and graphics, lists and data management, worksheet and workbook management, creating and printing reports.
This seminar provides an opportunity for the student to apply the techniques and processes for developing a career path and to learn lifetime career management tools and skills. Topics include career-planning, job searching, writing resumes and cover letters, refining interview skills, and preparing for a new position.
The internship component of the program is the practical application of a student’s knowledge and skills in an industry environment. The industry shall be directly related to the student’s program of study. The internship requires full-time day attendance working in the industry setting.
Sandy joined the Herzing family in the fall of 1990, decades ago! Hired as a teaching assistant for the business department, she quickly discovered that teaching was her passion and destiny. Over the years, she has developed and instructed courses in the Business Administration, Office Administration, and Accounting/Payroll programs. Prior to graduating from the Business Information Systems program at Herzing, she studied Business Administration at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon and worked in both retail and production management positions.
What you need to get started.
- Minimum of a Canadian high school grade 12 or equivalent, or a mature student
- Pass an entrance test administered by Herzing College
- Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
- Note: admission to some programs may include additional requirements
10 Months (20 hours/week)
Includes 6 week internship
Your Next Steps
Ready to learn more about the Accounting and Payroll Administrator program? It’s easy to get started. Choose from the following options:
- Fill out the form to ask questions via email
- Chat live with an Admissions Advisor to get your questions answered now
- Click Request Info to get started today!
Why Choose this Program?
- Accelerated 10 month program that gets you to work faster
- Available online
- Caring instructors with decades of professional accounting and payroll experience
- Comprehensive training in accounting and payroll software
- Study online and enjoy instructor support
- Get real work experience with a 6-week internship
- Enjoy the Herzing Open Education Program (HOEP), which lets you take additional business courses after you graduate, tuition-free!
- Exceptional Career Development team, who helps create your resume, prepare for interviews, and apply for accounting jobs