Accounting Certificate

The Accounting Certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in accounting in public and private sector areas in industry such as small business, public accounting, financial service, wholesale trades, government and nonprofit. The student will have an understanding of fundamental accounting and business concepts and gain valuable skills needed in the evolving and competitive job market. Entry-level opportunities include but not limited to positions in accounts receivable/payable, general bookkeeping and accounting, payroll, income tax preparation, cost accounting, and a number of trainee/internship positions. This certificate also provides a path to higher level education. The Accounting Certificate requires the completion of 24-27 units of which 18 are in required courses. Additional 6-9 units must be chosen from a list of selective courses. The certificate will take at least one to two years to complete.  


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Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ACCT-777 QuickBooks Accounting (formerly ACCT-077) 3
ACCT-124 Financial Accounting - Principles of Accounting I 3
ACCT-626 Computerized Accounting (formerly ACCT-126) 3
BADM-103 Introduction to Business 3
Spring Semester 1
ACCT-125 Managerial Accounting - Principles of Accounting II 3
ACCT-628 Federal Income Tax Accounting (formerly ACCT-128) 3
BADM-201 Legal Environment of Business 3
ECON-201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
 Total Units24
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ACCT-124Financial Accounting - Principles of Accounting I3
or ACCT-124H Honors Financial Accounting - Principles of Accounting I
ACCT-125Managerial Accounting - Principles of Accounting II3
or ACCT-125H Honors Managerial Accounting - Principles of Accounting II
ACCT-626Computerized Accounting (formerly ACCT-126)3
ACCT-628Federal Income Tax Accounting (formerly ACCT-128)3
ACCT-777QuickBooks Accounting (formerly ACCT-077)3
BADM-103Introduction to Business3
or BADM-103H Honors Introduction to Business
Elective Courses
Select 6-9 units of the following:6-9
Business Communications
Honors Business Communications
Small Business Entrepreneurship (formerly BADM-150)
Legal Environment of Business
Principles of Macroeconomics
Honors Principles of Macroeconomics
Total Units24-27

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Gainful Employment Disclosures: Business Administration Accounting

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2023 

Program Name ACCOUNTING 

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.  

This program will cost $1,242 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.  

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 0 of debt.   

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California 

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Cost per unit $46 

Parking Permits cost $80 a year or $40 a semester

RTA Go Pass cost $16 a year or $8 a semester

SGA discount sticker (optional) - $14 a year or $7 a semester

Student representation fee (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester

Help a Student Fund (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester

Student Health Center Fee - $52 a year or $26 a semester 

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