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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:

K. A.
◈ Studied BS Accounting Technology
◈ At University of the East
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Accounting Technology: Actually, my first course was BS Accountancy and it was my mother's choice. Unfortunately I wasn't able to reach the cut-off grade so I needed to shift to a different course. I chose BS Accounting Technology because this course is parallel to BS Accountancy program and so I can still pursue my career in Accountancy, if I want to, someday.

list bulletAbout my college education: As accounting technology student you will mostly study the same as the accountancy students. Probably this is because Accounting Technology in UE is still new and so it was still patterned after the BS Accountancy program. What you only won't be taking are the part 2 of the board subjects.

Assignments are not really that hard on minor subjects. Well same is true with the major, the only difference is that major subjects give a whole lot of assignments. Do not worry about the assignments because if become an Accountancy student you will realize how to get the answers to these assignments, and sometimes quizzes.

The exams vary, depending on the professors. If you happen to have the "high standard professor" then expect a difficult exam but if you happen to have the "lax professor" then you don't have to worry, you just have to read your notes. It is the departmental that you need to be ready with. Usually departmental exams occur in midterms and finals. The departmental exam covers the whole topic even those not yet discussed by your professors.

Accounting major course for me does not require many things. It only require most of your time- for reading and for solving and analyzing.

list bulletMy current job: I still don't have a job because of my medical condition.
But I was supposedly employed in PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies as Accounting Staff. My job there was supposed to be a bookkeeper recording every transactions of the company in the different books of accounts.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Accounting Technology: If you are looking for an experience and having minimum salary is not an issue to you, I can say that you can easily find a job from this course.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Honestly I won't recommend this course if you want to work here in the Philippines. However if you want to work abroad, I can say that this one has a lot of potential for employment. Basing on my experience in applying for a job, most companies here in the Philippines does not know yet the term Accounting Technician and would still compare it against Accountants. Of course they will still prefer accountants rather than accounting technicians. There is still job discrimination over this course.

On the other hand, Accounting Technology is starting to be known in other parts of the world like Canada, UK, and Australia. In fact there is already a certification for this course that is widely recognized by the aforementioned countries.

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