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Certificate of Accountancy


This certificate is designed for either working professionals or non-accounting bachelor’s degree graduates who are working toward meeting the accounting educational 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.

WA State CPA Educational Requirements:

Please contact your advisor to find out details about how to register for the new AIA courses.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Certificate Full Time: 3
Part Time: 5

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

Course Course ID Credits Availability

Defines basic accounting concepts, principles and procedures for recording business transactions and developing financial accounting reports. Recommended: ACCT 110 or sophomore standing (S).

ACCT& 201 5.0

Examines application of basic accounting concepts, principles and procedures to more complex business situations in a corporate setting. Prereq: ACCT& 201 with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or instructor permission.

ACCT& 202 5.0

Analysis of accounting data as part of the managerial process of planning, decision-making and control. Concentrates on economic decision-making in enterprises. Prereq: ACCT 120, ACCT& 202 or permission (C, N); ACCT 120 or ACCT& 202 or instructor permission (S).

ACCT& 203 5.0
  • Upon certificate completion student may meet the advanced accounting educational requirements for industry certifications like the Washington State CPA.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to organize their workload to meet academic deadlines and thereby develop professional skills.
  • Students will be able to identify and appraise situations in professional accounting where the applications of ethical judgments are required.
  • Students will be able to apply FASB & GAAS pronouncements to resolve professional accounting issues.

Job tests this program will prepare you for:

  • Washington State CPA Examination

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Flat Rate

Flat Rate: $

All of the Certificate of Accountancy courses will have 100% online options. Some may have in-person or hybrid options, but the schedule may vary based on demand.

Worker Friendly

This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Online: Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.
  • Hybrid: Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.
  • Evening: Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.


To check the program sequences please view pdf.