Certificate — Accounting

This 18-credit certificate program provides the essential foundations of accounting for those who want to enter the accounting field or advance their studies with a diploma or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Applicable coursework will include two levels on the principles of accounting and singular courses on the legal environment, computerized accounting and computerized business.


Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are in high demand in a variety of settings such as public accounting firms, banks, hospitals, school districts, government agencies, corporations, private business and non-profit agencies. It has been projected that more than 6,300 additional bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks would be required to meet market demand between 2012-2022.

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Next Steps

Most credits earned through the 18-credit Accounting certificate can be applied toward a 32-credit Accounting Clerk diploma or a 60-credit AAS degree in Accounting. If students opt to seek a diploma, additional courses will educate students on spreadsheet concepts, income tax, business communication, computer technology and customer relations.

With stackable credits, it is easy to begin with a certificate and continue working toward a diploma or degree.

College Readiness

A student may be required to enroll in college readiness courses in reading, writing and math. A student’s scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in college readiness courses. The purpose of college readiness courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Degree Requirements

Course #Course NameCredit
Required Courses
ACCT 1120Legal Environment3
ACCT 1134Computerized Accounting Applications3
CPTR 1104Computerized Business Applications3
CRLT 1102Contemporary Career Search1
Total Credits: 18