Certificate of Achievement in Accounting

Division: Business

This certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of Accounting. Students completing this certificate will acquire entry-level employment skills also in the fields of bookkeeping and office management. Students will acquire a complete understanding of computerized accounting systems and how to record the financial transactions of business. They will be able to prepare and analyze a business’s financial statements and work with the company’s internal and external accounting staff and advisors. They will have the ability to prepare individual income tax returns for California residents.

Program Outcomes

  • Accurately prepare an individual income tax return (Form 1040).
  • Show proficiency in financial statement analysis.
  • Accurately analyze, interpret, and record business transactions.
  • Accurately record and retrieve company financial transactions and statements in a computerized bookkeeping program.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for employment in the following fields: accounts payable clerk, accounts receivable clerk, income tax preparer, staff accounting assistant, assistant bookkeeper, and bookkeeper.

Required Certificate Courses (19 Units)19
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Computer Accounting
Spreadsheet for Business
Individual Income Tax
Restricted Electives - List A (3 Units)3
Select three units from the following courses:
Business Statistics
Quantitative Methods
Business Mathematics
Restricted Electives - List B (9 Units)9
Select nine units from the following courses:
Career Strategies
Ethics in Business & Industry
Human Relations in Business
Electronic Calculating
Personal Finance
Introduction to Business
Total31

The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Business Division Chair.