The Bookkeeping Certificate is designed for students interested in entering the field of bookkeeping or as an additional credential for practicing accountants. This program is designed to be completed in one year of full-time study.
The Bookkeeping Certificate program will provide the academic foundation necessary for a position as a full-charge bookkeeper. In addition to the required accounting courses, the program includes courses in business, communications, and computer technology. Credits earned in this program can be applied towards the 2-year A.A.S. Accounting degree program at the college. While some of the coursework required for the bookkeeping certificate degree program may be transferable to a four-year college or university, this program is not intended for transfer. Students who wish to transfer and pursue a career in professional accountancy through the attainment of a bachelor’s degree should enroll in the A.S. Business Administration program. Individuals must hold a bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam.
The Bookkeeping Certificate program offers three opportunities to attain professional certifications while enrolled in the program. These are Certified Bookkeeper, Fundamental Payroll Certification, and the Certified QuickBooks User designations.
- The Certified Bookkeeper exam is administered by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). The AIPB certification is a high professional standard and the only national standard for bookkeepers. Becoming a Certified Bookkeeper (CB) can increase earning potential, enhance professional status, and offer a decisive edge in any job market. Students have the opportunity to schedule the exam through the AIPB as they work through the semester in the ACCT 250 Advanced Bookkeeping Practice course, so that by the end of the semester they will have completed the national exam.
- The Fundamental Payroll (FPC) Certification designation is administered through the American Payroll Association (APA). To pass the FPC exam, one must have knowledge of a number of payroll profession basics including compliance with government regulations, paycheck calculation and accounting knowledge. The ACCT 229 Payroll Accounting course will provide the foundation to take this exam either during or after completing the course.
- The ACCT 225 Accounting Systems and Software course teaches students the basic principles of using the QuickBooks computerized accounting software. Quick Books is a practical skill for student job seekers. The ACCT 225 Accounting Systems and Software course will provide the foundation to take the Certified QuickBooks User exam either during or after completing the course.
Graduates are able to:
- apply accrual accounting to transactions that span fiscal periods
- distinguish between the effects of accrual and deferral transactions on financial statements
- identify and correct errors, using accounting concepts and basic tools of financial analysis
- reconcile bank accounts, using accounting principles
- prepare payroll transactions, from paying wages to depositing and reporting taxes
- calculate depreciation, selecting the appropriate method for book and tax purposes
- value inventory, recording costs, making entries, and reporting inventory on financial statements
- assess the use of basic internal controls to prevent theft, embezzlement or check and credit card fraud by employees, customers, and/or vendors
This certificate is offered through the Business and Public Service Department, whose mission is to provide challenging, career-oriented undergraduate programs to business and public service students, educating them to the level of competency needed for successful transfer to four-year institutions or immediate career path entry into the global market.