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

list bulletWhy did I choose Accounting Technology: I started studying BS in Accountancy because many believes that this course is fit to my skills and attitude. My Auntie suggested to take BS in Accountancy because she is a Certified Public Accountant. She said it is a good course with many opportunities and high-paid salary. With no hesitation, I take her advice and get the course. But unfortunately, I didn't pass the qualifying exam in my higher years in college so I took BS in Accounting Technology. It's the same as BSA but with no board exam.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned how to make financial statements and computations of it. I know how a business would run, how it is built and how to develop it.

Make reading as your habit and do not always rely on your calculator. Learn to calculate things in your mind or manually and practice it to save some time in clicking your calculator. It will make your mind think faster and you will finish your exam before time. You will then have time to review your answers. I admit the course is very difficult. Discipline, hard-work and willingness to learn are some of the required skills to succeed in this course.

list bulletMy current job: I am now a teller in One Network Bank.
I am responsible in the counter transactions of the bank.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, several subjects in college were about banking. I used my knowledge in Financing, some basic accounting, reconciliations and other skills like sorting, editing, recording and counting. I learned how to handle people's questions and complaints. I used interpersonal skills that I acquired from college to my past and current job.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It took me less than one month after I graduated to find a job.
VCDU Realty Corporation was hiring at that time and my boyfriend is also in that company. So I was hired in the main office in Villanueva St, Butuan City. I resigned after almost half a year because their rate was too low and there was another opportunity came to me. So I grabbed that opportunity and here I am in this bank.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Accounting Technology: Yes. I highly recommend this course to any person who is very willing to learn and ready to torture your brain by stuffing many information. I guarantee you that this course have a lot of opportunity because this is an all around job.

About the salary level, since our city have a small minimum rate, I can't say that fresh graduates' expected salary will be high. It's lucky if you end up in a good company with high beginning rate, but I suggest to apply in other cities with higher minimum rate with low cost of living. For me, It's fine to have a lower salary because I am into experience. Longer experience will have a higher chance to be hired in higher position.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: I bet no one would say that Accounting Technology is easy but if you have determination to reach your goal, any barricade wouldn't keep you from getting it. As what the magic ball said to Eddie Murphy in The Haunted Mansion "You try, you fail. You try, You fail. But the only true failure is when you stop trying."
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