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Certificates and Degrees

Accounting and Finance graduates may be involved in recording business transactions,constructing financial statements, preparing budgets and tax returns, auditing financial records, advising businesses, and working for government and not-for-profit agencies, to name just a few opportunities. The program encompasses classroom instruction and extensive hands-on application with both manual and computerized accounting systems.

The certificates and Associate Degrees offered prepare students for successful business careers by providing them with crucial skills, knowledge, and judgment. Classes are taught by faculty [link to bios] with high-quality, real-world experience.

Each certificate and degree has different requirements. The core courses for each degree and certificate are listed here:

Accounting A.S. Degree (60 units)

  • Acct 1A – Financial Accounting
  • Acct 6 – Spreadsheets for Accounting
  • Acct 16 – Accounting Ethics
  • Acct 151A – Intro to Acct: Bookkeeping Concepts
  • Acct 163 – Using QuickBooks
  • Busn 5 – Business Information Systems, Accounting Elective Courses

Other courses will include accounting electives and general education courses for a total of 60 units/hours for an associate degree

Certificate of Achievement in CPA Preparation Certificate (32 units)

  • Acct 1A – Financial Accounting
  • Acct 51A – Intermediate Accounting I
  • Acct 51B – Intermediate Accounting II
  • Acct 1A – Income Tax I: Individual
  • Acct 1A – Auditing
  • Accounting Elective Courses*

*12 units/hours chosen from Managerial Accounting, Accounting Ethics, Fraud Examination, Cost Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Business Law, Income Tax II: Corporate, Income Tax III: Partnerships, Estates, Trusts

Accounting Certificate of Achievement (27-31 units)

  • Acct 1A – Financial Accounting
  • Acct 6 – Spreadsheets for Accounting
  • Acct 16 – Accounting Ethics
  • Acct 151A – Intro to Acct: Bookkeeping Concepts
  • Acct 163 – Using QuickBooks
  • Bus 5 – Business Information Systems

Bookkeeping Skills Certificate (13-16 units)

  • Acct 151A – Intro to Acct: Bookkeeping Concepts
  • Bus 5 – Business Information Systems
  • Cabt 102, 110A, 110B – Computer Keyboarding

Certificate of Achievement in Tax Preparation Certificate (16 units)

  • Acct 6 – Spreadsheets for Accounting

  • Acct 54A – Income Tax I: Individual

  • Acct 54A – Income Tax II: Corporate, and

  • Acct 155 OR – Payroll Tax Accounting

  • Acct 54C – Income Tax III: Partnerships, Estates, Trusts

Payroll Tax Accounting Certificate (12 units)

  • Acct 6 – Spreadsheets for Accounting

  • Acct 151A – Intro to Acct: Bookkeeping Concepts

  • Acct 155 – Payroll Tax Accounting

Financial Management Skills Certificate (16 units)

  • Acct 1A – Financial Accounting
  • Bus 18 – Business Law
  • Fin 4 – Money Management
  • Fin 10 – Introduction to Investments


Required courses, and descriptions of each course

Download Plan of Study worksheets for Degrees and Certificates


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