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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


  • 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:

A. E.
◈ Studied BS in Accounting Technology
◈ At Father Saturnino Urios University
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Accounting Technology: When I was a 1st year student, I took up BS in Accountancy but did not pass the qualifying exam for 2nd year BS in Accountancy. So, I choose to study BS in Accounting Technology instead. I think they’re the same, it’s just that BSA have a cut-off grade and qualifying exams. I wanted to work in the office so I choose this kind of course.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned what accounting really means, what it's opportunities and what it's use for every business and establishments. It taught me how everything works like businesses, government’s taxes, non-profit organizations and commerce and trades.

The subjects that were the most difficult for me was Law subjects like Law on Obligations and contracts and others. It was hard for me to study because there’s a lot of things to memorize. I understand them but there’s a problem for me to memorize things.

The most useful things that I learned from this course is that I know how to compute many things. I know how a business works and terminologies that I didn’t know of if I didn’t get this course. Knowing this will not make me ignorant from many things and people won’t treat me inferior to them.

Many students shifted from this course because even if it does not have a cutoff grade and qualifying exam like the BS in Accounting students, they still find it difficult to study this course.

The traits and attitude that are required to succeed in this course are hard work, patience, diligence, positive mind, self- motivated, attention to detail and discipline of the self.

list bulletMy current job: I currently work in a government office. I’m in a lowest officer position. I only do clerical works.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I didn’t have a chance yet to use my knowledge in my course. I hope I will get promoted and get to a higher position in Finance division so that I can use it. There are basic skills that I used in my job like interpersonal skills, data entry, classifying and sorting of files. I also learned that building a Personal relationship to others even if they are inferior or superior to you, is a good thing to make your career easy and smooth sailing.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: After I graduated, It took me only two months to have a descent job. It’s hard to apply in a government but I was very fortunate to get in sooner.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Accounting Technology: I am very proud that I graduated this course. Of course, I would like to recommend this to students because it has a many employment opportunity even if you’re not a CPA. Employers are likely to hire you rather that Business Administration students. There are many field to choose from like teaching. You can also work in a business or in a government office. Accounting Technology can work anywhere so there’s no problem with employment opportunities.

In terms of Salary level, I think it depends on where and what establishment you would like to work. As for me, my salary is little higher then salary in private entities. I would not say that it's high but it’s enough and fair to my work. I hope it’s higher though.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: One must endure all the obstacles in spite of difficulty and do it with energy and commitment. Acquire positive attitudes and practice your computation and analytical skills. This skills are the common skills that will be useful to start the course. Also, make a lot of friends, it will help you to relieve your stress and don’t forget to have fun sometimes. Don’t stress yourself too much and believe that you can do everything with the help of our God. Pray!
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