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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.

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.

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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.

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $4,990.15
  • NonResident Cost : $5,644.61
  • International Student Cost : $12,862.16

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.

Worker Friendly

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

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


Course Course ID Credits Availability

Development of the accounting cycle and the preparation of financial statements for the sole proprietor for service and merchandising enterprises. Also includes special journals and payroll.

ACCT 110 5.0

A continuation of the study of fundamental accounting theory and practice. Specialized accounting procedures for merchandising businesses and partnerships. Introduces accounting for corporations. Prereq: ACCT 110.

ACCT 120 5.0

Hands-on use of QuickBooks 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. Prereq: ACCT 110 or ACCT& 201 or permission. CL Fee

ACCT 131 5.0

Basic principles, practices and regulations of payroll accounting (Federal, Washington State and local governments) including filing returns, record keeping, tax planning, and business registrations and licenses. Prerequisites: ACCT& 201 or instructor permission.

ACCT 257 5.0

Provides the fundamentals of financial management for those pursuing careers within the public, health, and not-for-profits fields. 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 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, graphical representations which give you data visual 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 successful completion of BUS 169 or IT 101. Computer lab fee required.

BUS 124 5.0

The hands-on environment allows students to learn basic word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), database (Access), and presentation graphics (Power Point) applications concepts. Students will create a variety of business documents and learn editing and formatting techniques. In addition, students will be introduced to file control features such as creating and naming directories, renaming files, and deleting, copying and moving files. Computer lab fee required

BUS 169 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) Prerequisites: Completed 45 credits and/or instructor permission.

CWE 110 3.0