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Technical Diploma

Accounting Assistant

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.

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.

Career Opportunities


Fiscal Support Specialist

Member Account Representative

Payroll Specialist

Project Manager

Graduate Employers

Black River Family Dentistry

Bowie Trucking

Polk County Government Center

Red Robin Auto Glass

Royal Credit Union


Just the Facts

Accounting Assistant
31 Credit Technical Diploma

Program Length
One Year

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Months
August, January


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $5,302

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Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Accounting Assistant graduates reported an average starting salary of $45,714.



60% of our recent Accounting Assistant graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 418 job openings in the CVTC district for the Accounting Assistant industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

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

Sample Courses

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.

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Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways  What is a career pathway?

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.

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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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Admission Requirements

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