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This certificate provides the student with a basic understanding of accounting principles and procedures, and computers, and accounting software.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyze and record transactions including general accounting transactions and payroll accounting

2. Prepare financial reports using select small business computerized accounting software

3. Communicate effectively in a professional accounting workplace environment


Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior coursework. Coursework earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Courses in this certificate with prerequisites are marked with an asterisk (*). See catalog for more information.

Accounting Achievement Certificate Prerequisites: none

Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer and advanced placement.


Program Requirements

Course Number

Certificate Requirements (15 credits)

Credit Hours

course(ACCT 110)

Introduction to Accounting/Bookkeeping


course(ACCT 131)*

QuickBooks (see note 1)


course(BUS 169)

Using Computers in Business



1. Must have ACCT 110 or ACCT&201 or permission

Total Credits
Total Credits -- Minimum

This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses should be taken in the indicated sequence. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is minimal. Not all courses are offered every quarter. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands all may affect the time it takes to finish this program. Also, in general, Summer Quarter is not considered one of the full-time quarters in the program.

1st quarter:         ACCT 110, BUS 169

2nd quarter:       ACCT 131


What skills do I need to be successful in this field?

What are some potential job titles?

  • Office Clerk
  • Office Manager
  • Customer Service Representative

Wages, employment trends and pathways

NSC Advising
(206) 934-3658         

Program Contacts:           
Joseph (Joe) Smith       
(206) 934-4525         

Marla Lockhart                
(206) 934-6026         

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