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Bookkeeping Certificate in Accounting


This program prepares graduates for bookkeeping careers and general office employment. The curriculum contains instruction that enables students to acquire knowledge through content and methodology, to think critically, to formulate values and make decisions, and to appreciate and understand their own and other cultures. Students complete 43 credits, resulting in a Bookkeeping Certificate. Students also have the ability to advance their education by continuing to the Accounting AAS.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Certificate Full Time: 4
Part Time: 5 to 6

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

Program Pathway Map 

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer.  Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

Bookkeeping Certificate  


There are no entry requirements for this program

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

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.

Part Time Cost

Resident Non-Resident International
$5,313.94 $6,059.56 $13,671.85

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.

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.
  • Daytime: Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM


Course Course ID Credits Availability

This introductory class covers the development of the accounting cycle for a sole proprietorship, from business transactions through closing entries and financial statements. Includes service and merchandising types of businesses, special journals, banking services, and payroll. The course culminates with a certification exam to become an Intuit Certified Bookkeeping Professional.

ACCT 110 5.0

Hands-on use of QuickBooks Online to record business transactions, prepare customer invoices, pay vendors, and record payroll. QuickBooks organizes and summarizes all financial data and produces a myriad of reports. Course culminates with a certification exam through Intuit to become an Intuit QuickBooks Certified User. Prereq: ACCT& 201 or ACCT 110 or instructor permission.

ACCT 131 5.0

Examines application of basic accounting concepts, principles and procedures to more complex business situations in a corporate setting.

ACCT& 202 5.0

Basic principles, practices, and governmental regulations (Federal, Washington State and local) involved in business tax accounting. Includes filing returns, record-keeping, tax planning, and business registrations and licenses. Prereq: ACCT 110 or ACCT&201

ACCT 257 5.0

This course provides the fundamentals of financial management for those pursuing careers within the public, health, and not-for-profit fields. Students will learn the vocabulary, concepts, methods, and basic tools of financial management and financial analysis within the three major areas of the public sector.

ACCT 267 5.0

Learn and cultivate the ethical commitment needed to ensure work in the business world meets the highest standards of integrity, independence and objectivity. Understand obligations and professional responsibilities of bookkeepers and accounting professionals by studying real world issues and develop a personalized ethics tool for making ethical decisions in the workplace.

ACCT 271 5.0

Learn to use Excel, a spreadsheet program that enables you to create worksheets that allow you to enter, calculate, manipulate, and analyze data such as numbers and text; create charts, graphs, and visuals to give your data impact. Use Excel as a database to manage and organize data, to search for specific data, and to select data that meets particular criteria. Recommended: Familiarity with computer usage or completion of BUS 169 or equivalent. Computer lab fee req'd.

BUS 124 5.0

This course teaches effective interpersonal communication skills. Students learn communication styles and effective ways to adapt communication to meet business needs. Through individual and group activities, students improve understanding of cultural diversity, non-verbal communication, and individual influences on communication. Techniques for making informal and formal business presentations are also covered. Careful preparation for the employment interview is emphasized.

BUS 236 5.0

In CWE 110, students apply theory and skills learned in previously completed courses to their internship work site. Students write learning objectives, participate in online discussions, have performance evaluations, and share/reflect on their experiences through oral presentation and a final essay. Hybrid course meets 2x during the quarter. Read instructor notes for meeting dates and times. Credits variable (2-3). Prerequisite: CWE 101 or Instructor permission.

CWE 110 3.0