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DURATION:37 - 45 Weeks


The Accounting & Payroll Specialist program provides students with exposure to the professional business environment, which will help them develop skills appropriate for a wide range of careers. Graduates will learn the essential skills needed to thrive in a business environment. In general, graduates will be able to apply widely accepted accounting principles to the business affairs of an organization.

They will also apply their skills using manual accounting as well as computerized accounting systems. Keeping compliant with government legislation, graduates will also be able to prepare accounting documentation as it relates to the payroll cycle and communicate payroll issues to various stakeholders in an organization.

Students receive:

  • Associate Membership in the Canadian Payroll Association
  • Successful graduates of this program will be eligible to pursue the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification from the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA)
  • Training on the latest software applications required by employers
  • Career Services assistance
  • Microsoft Office, Microsoft Imagine Standard and Windows are included in the program fees
  • 8 week internship!


Sage 300

In this course, students will learn to set up banking and taxes service modules in Sage300 2017. They will also learn to set of vendor and customer records and process transactions in the amounts payable and accounts receivable modules of Sage300 2017.

Introduction to Accounting (using Sage 50)

In this course students will be introduced to accounting concepts and procedures. Students will learn about debits and credits and how to analyze and record business transactions. In addition, students will look at banking procedures, cash control as well as payroll concepts and procedures, including employee taxes. They will also gain an understanding of the employer’s tax responsibilities. In this course, students learn how to set up and interact with the different ledgers in Sage 50 to support small business activities. In addition, students will perform General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll transactions.

Intermediate Accounting (using QuickBooks)

This course completes the accounting cycle and furthers the student’s knowledge of accounting procedures in payroll, pay cash and bank reconciliations. Central to this course is the merchandising firm and its accounting cycle, central to this is appropriate valuation of inventory and cost of goods sold calculations. This material will be presented manually are working on paper and using computerized accounting system of QuickBooks.

Advanced Accounting

In this course, students will build on principles learned in the intermediate accounting courses. Students will be introduced to more advanced concepts regarding assets and liabilities including accounting for bad debt, depreciation and long-term assets, cash flow analysis, and temporary and long-term investments. In addition, students will learn how to record the effects of partnership and corporate activity and analyze financial statements for decision-making.

Business Communication

This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of communication skills in the business environments. Focus will be placed on both written and spoken communications. Students will review the basic writing process with emphasis on the mechanics of writing. They will also learn the importance of effective spoken communication, deliver an oral presentation, and participate in a mock meeting.

Microsoft Outlook

This Microsoft Outlook course is created for students to build and validate the skills businesses need to succeed in today's information economy. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to use to effectively manage e-mails, contacts, calendars, and tasks. Outlook has become the corporate standard electronic personal organizer. These are the foundational skills needed to communicate using Outlook in a variety of positions within and organization. This course is computer intensive and demands basic computer proficiency and a basic understanding of e-mail software. Students are expected to make arrangements to meet proficiency needs.

Microsoft PowerPoint

This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the fundamentals needed to create and modify basic presentations by using Microsoft PowerPoint. Students will explore the PowerPoint environment and create a presentation, will format text on slides to enhance clarity, enhance the visual appeal, add graphical objects to a presentation and modify them, and finalize a presentation to deliver it.

Career Management

Our Career Management program introduces students to the strategies and components of an effective job search, including self-marketing and awareness, skills inventory, job search tools and the job market. The Career Management course is delivered by our on-campus Career Services Team who are there throughout the job search to assist and mentor students towards achieving their ultimate goal of employment in their field of study. Our Team of Career Services Professionals maintain relationships in their communities with key employers and organizations that recognize the value triOS graduates have to offer. The skills learned throughout Career Management at triOS will continue to serve students in their job search as they navigate their new careers.

Microsoft Excel

This Microsoft Office Excel 2016 course is created for students to build and validate the skills needed to succeed in today's economy. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to use Microsoft Office Excel effectively in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. Excel is the world's most popular spreadsheet software. Whether you are managing a household or running a small business, Excel will help you develop useful techniques to help business processes. This course is computer intensive and demands basic computer proficiency and a basic understanding of spreadsheet software. Students are expected to make arrangements to meet proficiency needs as necessary.

Introduction to Finance

Financial management has evolved into a focus on managing financial assets more efficiently. Students will learn about the objectives of financial management as well as planning and budgeting. Sources and forms of financing will also be discussed.

Payroll Fundamentals 1

Students will learn about calculating employment income and the process for hiring and terminating employees from a payroll perspective.

Payroll Fundamentals 2

Students will learn amount government remittances and proper recording of payroll information.

Payroll Compliance Legislation

Students will learn about the objectives of the payroll process, who the stakeholders in the process are, and about the various pieces of federal and provincial/territorial legislation that affect the payroll process.

Microsoft Word

This Microsoft Word course is created for students to build and validate the skills businesses need to succeed in today's information economy. It also provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to use Microsoft Word effectively in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. Word is the world's most popular word processing software. Learning how to create, edit, format and print documents, enhance work with formatting, use bullets and numbering, add simple borders, tables, headers/footers, organizing data columns, and styles, are the foundational skills needed in preform in many positions. This course is computer intensive and demands basic computer proficiency and a basic understanding of word processing software. The course combines lecture/demonstration by an instructor with readings, trainings, projects, and a final exam for students to work on in a simulation-based environment. Students are expected to ensure they meet proficiency requirements for working in this environment.


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The Accounting & Payroll Specialist program will qualify graduates to pursue positions such as Payroll Specialist, Accounts Payable Clerk Accounts Receivable Clerk, and Accounting Assistant. Note: Some career and education options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.


There are more than 1.1 million employer businesses in Canada. Of that number, 98 per cent are small businesses."16 Facts About Small Businesses in Canada -Lendified." Lendified. N.p., 09 Mar. 2016.


  • BKC Accounting & Tax Preparation
  • First Ontario Credit Union
  • CIBC
  • Trillium Bookkeeping Services
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • ACI Tax Services
  • London Tax & Accounting
  • and many more


Average Wage ($/hr)  - $23.70
High Wage ($/hr)        - $34.62



Successful graduates of this program who earn the appropriate passing grades for the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) courses, namely Payroll Compliance Legislation, Payroll Fundamentals I and Payroll Fundamentals II (a minimum of 65% overall in each course, and earn at least 65% on each of the final exams), will be eligible to pursue CPA’s Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) certification. The PCP designation is nationally recognized as the standard of excellence for payroll training.

To be fully certified, PCP candidates must satisfy other criteria:
• Obtain the Introduction to Accounting transfer of credit;
• Maintain CPA membership either through an individual membership (a 1-year individual Associate Membership is included in this triOS program), or through a company that has a Business membership;
• Complete the CPA’s Work Experience Requirement Application (WERA) process, to demonstrate 1 year of experience (within 5 years after the start of the Payroll Compliance Legislation course) in which your job role involves "paying employees accurately and on time, in compliance with legislative requirements, contributing to the full annual payroll cycle"';
• Complete the online Certification Declaration.


High School Graduation Diploma or Mature Student Status (18 years of age and academic achievement assessment passed). In addition, an entrance assessment must be successfully passed.


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