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BS in Accounting Technology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The BS in Accounting Technology is a four-year degree program that centers on the basic accounting skills, business, and finance skills that will help students pursue careers in bookkeeping, auditing, tax preparation, and business analysis. This program is designed to equip students with knowledge, skills, and values that will make them competent professionals in the field of accounting.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in BS in Accounting Technology are encouraged to take the Accountancy, Business and Management strand. This strand provides the basic concepts of business and financial management, and corporate operations that will be helpful for college. 


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Cost Accounting and Cost Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Basic Finance
  • Income Taxation
  • Microeconomic Theory and Practice
  • Macroeconomic Theory and Practice
  • Business and Transfer Taxes
  • Principles of Management and Organization
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Business Statistics
  • Accounting Information Systems

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate.
However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Accounting Technology are expected to be able to:

  • Apply the fundamental accounting principles
  • Knowledgeable of legal and ethical standards of the industry
  • Manipulate and manage accounting data
  • Conduct accounting technology research
  • Report and interpret financial and non-financial information

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in various corporate and auditing companies.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

To become a Certified Accounting Technician in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Accounting Technology needs to pass the Certified Accounting Technician Examination conducted by the National Institute of Accounting Technicians.  The CAT Exam can be taken at three levels, wherein the first level involves Practical Accounting, the second level centers on Cost Accounting, while the third one is about Taxation and Payroll Accounting. When passed these exams, graduates can become a registered accounting technician in the UK as well.


Graduates may also opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Accounting Technology may pursue a career path in various corporate and auditing companies. They may for roles such as a bookkeeper, tax accounting staff, management accounting staff, budget analyst, credit analyst, and internal audit staff.

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Reviews of BS in Accounting Technology graduates:

S. D.
◈ Studied BS in Accounting Technology
◈ At University of Mindanao
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose Accounting Technology: It was the primary course also considered to be the most practical to take. During my time, accounting technology was among the top in the list of college courses regardless of which school you enroll. I guess almost everyone who took it thought accounting always had a special spot; though, I have to confess that I really hated accounting back then. When I was younger I used to think that it would give me a hard time, since it’s all about calculations. So maybe it was a face-to-face with my worst enemy kind of thing when I finally decided to go with this course.

list bulletAbout my college education: PE and NSTP classes were so boring for me. I wasn't the athletic type so I really didn’t appreciate all those days running under the sun for some school requirement or necessary physical fitness.

I’ve got too many interesting things I have in mind but my favorite hangout area was the library. It was cozy, peaceful and very inspirational.
I enjoyed school a lot, even if I frequently felt that there was a huge pressure on my back. Probably because I took hardships and shortcomings positively. No kidding but I actually enjoyed cramming. Oh right. I loved the mock boards especially.

list bulletMy current job: Currently I am an administrative assistant in a private company. It’s not a very big and profitable one, but there’s still a lot of things to do for business.
Usually I handle the transactions concerning money coming in and out of the company, some accounting - like monitoring cash flows and minor auditing, scheduling appointments for my boss, attending to clients and visitors and basically almost everything. It’s both amazing and confusing how I’ve come this far knowing that I could handle all these.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Accounting in itself is the most practical of all courses. The techniques, skills and mindset taught in accounting are the most essential when it comes to business. Even in one's daily life, accounting is used in the simplest sense as in budgeting. So studying accounting is I believe essential for everyone. Because of accounting, I'm proud to say that I've enhanced my memory as well as computing skills, more importantly on practicing mental math and being focused on details.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: While I was still in college, I was already working. I was a working student. From then on, I always had a job and from that moment on, I never became unemployed because I’d just be asked to move from one department, or office to another. I guess I was really lucky.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Accounting Technology: Finding a job after this course is fast, or least not that long. It applies to business-related courses as well. The problem is, you will really start low, like how everything starts from the bottom. But it will pay off in time.
In terms of salary, it’s also good. Depending on what company or sector you’ll be working for, salary is higher than the minimum wage. It usually comes around P15,000 or more per month.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Prepare yourself for the analytical problems, they will probably be the major cause of your headache. But no worries, if you study well, you'll feel yourself getting smarter just answering those kind of problems. I repeat, study. When I was in college I didn't take it seriously; I was more inclined towards my personal motives which caused me some trouble along the way. Never let anything distract you from your real purpose in going to school and that is studying in order to have a bright future.
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