Business & Office Technology Accounting Specialist

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Every business needs accounting professionals, from small businesses to the largest corporations.  Accounting technicians take care of financial bookkeeping, handle payroll and maintain accounts payable or accounts receivable activity. The AVTEC Accounting Specialist training prepares you for entry-level employment in the field of accounting or bookkeeping in just 36 weeks of comprehensive training, so you are ready to enter a professional working environment in less than a year.  During your training, you will complete the accounting work for three accounting cycles so upon completing the training you will be ready to immediately perform on the job.

Earn college credit while attending AVTEC

Contact AVTEC Admissions to learn more.

Computer operations are a major part of the Accounting Specialist training. Students learn to operate computers in a modern computer lab using a variety of software to become a productive user of computer hardware, software, networks, and the Internet. Training software includes Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access), Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer, Cougar Mountain Accounting, and QuickBooks Pro. Students are taught by Microsoft Office Specialist Instructors using the curriculum designed for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. The MOS credential demonstrates to an employer that students have the skills with Microsoft's leading business desktop software.


Program Location: 
First Lake Facility, 809 Second Ave. Seward, AK
Training Days: 
Training Clock Hours: 
1 246
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Occupational Levels: 
Accounting Specialist
Certificate Requirements: 

In addition to the course requirements for the Office Assistant program, the Accounting Specialist program focuses on specialized advanced business office skills listed below.

NOTE: Training begins each August and January. Contact AVTEC Admissions for details at (800) 478-5389.

Industry Certification: 

The field of business and office technology covers all aspects of training workers for today’s offices. AVTEC graduates are employed in private, state and federal offices, medical and legal offices, tribal organizations, and the construction and tourism industry. In addition to the Accounting Specialist certificate, students can also prepare for and earn the following industry certifications:

  • Microsoft Office Excel 2016
  • Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)

The mission of the Accounting Specialist training is to provide students with the technical office skills and professional work habits for career success in today's business and industry. The Accounting Specialist training is committed to producing well-qualified employees for Alaska's business offices, to providing a professional learning environment, and to meeting the needs of Alaska's diverse multicultural communities.

Department Head, Business & Office Technology Instructor
Ken Werner

Business & Office Technology Instructor
Wendy Stallings


Students need to read at a minimum 8th grade reading level.
TABE tests scores for this program must be:

Reading                563

Combined Math   577

Contact the Admissions Office at (800) 478-5389 for program entrance information and testing requirements. Physical requirements of the occupation are good eyesight, finger coordination, and the ability to sit for one to two hours.

August and January
Program Cost: 
Tuition Books NOT provided by AVTEC Room & Board Student Service Fee Supplies Tech Fee Total
$3,175 $382 N/A $9,030 $85 $958 $230 $13,860
Program Courses: 
  • Accounting for a Merchandise Business Organized as a Corporation—Adjustments and Valuation

    Competencies include accounting for uncollectible accounts receivable, accounting for plant assets and depreciation, accounting for inventory, accounting for notes and interest, accounting for accrued revenue and expenses, and end-of-fiscal-period work for a corporation.

    Training Clock Hours: 182
  • Accounting for a Merchandising Business Organized as a Corporation

    Competencies include journalizing purchases and cash payments, journalizing sales and cash receipts using special journals, posting to general and subsidiary ledgers, preparing payroll records and payroll reports, distributing dividends, preparing a worksheet for a merchandising business, preparing and analyzing financial statements, and recording adjusting entries for a corporation.

    Training Clock Hours: 185
  • Accounting for a Service Business Organized as a Proprietorship

    Competencies include starting a business, analyzing transactions into debit and credit parts, journalizing transactions, posting transactions to a general ledger, the use of cash control systems, completing a worksheet, preparing financial statements, and recording adjusting and closing entries.

    Training Clock Hours: 120
  • Additional Accounting Procedures

    Competencies include accounting for partnerships and recording international and Internet sales.

    Training Clock Hours: 30
  • Computerized Accounting

    Using commercial accounting software, students will setup and maintain computerized accounting records for a variety of businesses. Competencies include analyzing transactions, journalizing and posting to the general ledger, processing payroll, and accounting for accounts receivable and payable. Using QuickBooks Pro, students will also create and restore company files, setup companies, work with lists, edit chart of accounts, work with bank accounts, enter sales and invoices, receive payments and make deposits, enter and pay bills, analyze financial data, process payroll, and customize forms and letters. Using Microsoft Excel, students become effective and efficient at creating and manipulating data, formatting data and content, creating and modifying formulas, presenting data visually, collaborating on and securing data, and have the opportunity to become a Microsoft Office Specialist.

    Training Clock Hours: 120
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