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.

Program Requirements 

ACCT 001Financial Accounting4
ACCT 002Managerial Accounting4
ACCT 210Computer Accounting3
ACCT 282Individual Income Tax5
COMP 238Spreadsheet for Business3
Select three units from the following courses:
BUS 020Business Statistics3
BUS 119Quantitative Methods3
BUS 295Business Mathematics3
Select nine units from the following courses:
BUS 082Introduction to Business3
BUS 100Career Strategies3
BUS 185Ethics in Business and Industry3
BUS 188Human Relations in Business3
BUS 268Electronic Calculating2
BUS 297Personal Finance3

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.