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Accounting Assistant Overview

Do you enjoy working with numbers and supporting a team? As an accounting assistant, you will maintain timely and accurate records of daily business transactions. Examples include: accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, inventory management, and other business records. Learn to assist an accountant in preparing important financial statements.

You will learn how to compile and report financial data. Students will gain experience with QuickBooks and spreadsheet applications related to business. You’ll also learn and practice written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Set up and maintain accounting records and systems.
  • Analyze financial records.
  • Prepare individual and small business tax returns.
  • Prepare monthly and year-end financial reports.
  • Calculate, record, and make required payroll deposits and filings.

Part of a career pathway, the Accounting Assistant technical diploma credits apply toward the Accounting associate degree if you choose to continue your education. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

Career Opportunities

Accountant Clerk



Fiscal Support Specialist

Payroll Specialist

Tax Preparer

Graduate Employers

CSM Companies

Finley Engineering

Jackson Hewitt


Just the Facts

Accounting Assistant
31 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Program Location //
August and January

Start Months //
August and January

Start Dates //
August and January


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1



Term 2






 Estimated Total: $5,650

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!


Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Accounting Assistant program.

Accounting Spreadsheets
Students will utilize a variety of financial analysis, and database functions, as they create, format, and modify worksheets using Microsoft Office.

Payroll Accounting
Students will make the necessary payroll calculations and record keeping, including social security taxes, income tax withholdings, and other deductions. They will also maintain employee earnings records, record journal entries and generate payroll reports.

Intro to QuickBooks
Build an entire service company in QuickBooks from start to finish. Create invoices, pay bills, and manage inventory. You will reconcile bank accounts and generate numerous reports and financial statements. Finally, you will import and export data and explore add-on apps for QuickBooks.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

Technical Diplomas

Accounting AssistantBookkeeper

Associate Degree


Accounting Assistant Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

// Program Outcomes


100% of our recent Accounting Assistant graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Accounting Assistant graduates reported an average starting salary of $36,584.


Regional Jobs

There are 424 job openings in the CVTC district for the Accounting Assistant industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

Focus On Student Success

I had a great experience coming to CVTC as a student. I have met wonderful instructors and staff members that changed my life and influenced me into becoming who I am today. I have to say that it is pretty awesome to be a student at CVTC and now I'm a staff member.

Accounting Assistant Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Accounting, Associate Degree

Bookkeeper, Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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