Accountancy Certificate

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This certificate is designed for college graduates who are working toward meeting the education requirements of the Washington State CPA Examination. Additional courses are necessary to fulfill the requirements to sit for the exam. The courses in this certificate are not considered to be an official statement of acceptability by the Washington State Board of Accountancy. Students should consult the State Board's website for specific exam requirements. In addition, we strongly recommend that all CPA applicants complete a CPA review course to adequately prepare for the CPA Examination. See for CPA Exam review providers.

Learning Outcomes

1. Upon certificate completion student will meet the Washington State CPA Board's accounting educational requirements.

2. Students will demonstrate an ability to organize their workload to meet academic deadlines and thereby develop professional skills.

3. Students will be able to identify and appraise situations in professional accounting where applications of ethical judgments are required.

4. Students will be able to apply FASB and GAAS pronouncements to resolve professional accounting issues.


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

Certificate of Accountancy Prerequisites:

ACCT&201, ACCT&202, ACCT&203 and ACCT255


Note 1: Advanced placement testing, work experience and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer and advanced placement.

Note 2: If pursuing a 4-year accounting degree, it may be helpful to complete the AAS-T degree to transfer to the 4-year degree. For these students, we strongly recommend choosing ACCT& 201 and ACCT& 202 rather than ACCT 110 and 120.



Program Requirements


Course Number

Certificate Requirements (40 credits)

Credit Hours

ACCT 251*

Intermediate Accounting I (see Note 1)


ACCT 252*

Intermediate Accounting II (see Note 2)


ACCT 256*

Taxation of Corporations, Partnerships, Estates and Trusts (see Note 3)


ACCT 261*

Accounting Information Systems (see Note 4)


ACCT 265*

Accounting for Not-For Profits & Governmental Entities (see Note 5)


ACCT 270*

Cost Accounting (see Note 6)


ACCT 271*

Ethics in Accounting (see Note 7)


ACCT 275*

Auditing (see Note 8)



Total Credits:

(excluding pre-requisites)



  • 1. Must have ACCT&202 or instructor permission.
  • 2. Must have ACCT&202 or ACCT 251 or instructor permission.
  • 3. Must have ACCT&202 and ACCT 255 or instructor permission.
  • 4. Must have ACCT 110 or ACCT&201
  • 5. Must have ACCT&201 and ACCT&202 or permission.
  • 6. Must have ACCT&203 or permission.
  • 7. Must have ACCT 202.
  • 8. Must have ACCT 252 or permission.
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 251  ACCT 256

2nd Quarter ACCT 252  ACCT 270

3rd Quarter  ACCT 261  ACCT 275

4th Quarter  ACCT 265  ACCT 271


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

What are some potential job titles?

  • • Accountant
  • • CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
  • • Financial Reporting Accountant

Wages, employment trends and pathways

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(206) 934-3658

Program Contacts
Ronald Woods
(206) 934-5669