Skills Certificate - Certified Professional Bookkeeper

Prepares Student to sit for the certified professional bookkeeper examination administered by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.

Certificate Outcomes

Students will:

  • Analyze the “double entry” system of bookkeeping and construct systems of accounting while comparing and contrasting generally accepted accounting principles in the areas of inventory, depreciation, error corrections and payroll.
  • Design and construct systems of internal accounting controls and compare and contrast situations whereby the potential for fraud exists within such systems.
  • Reinforce concepts in a review course and identify important skills necessary to pass the national certifications examination.

Skills Certificates provide training for entry level positions or career advancement and are designed to prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certifications or licensing exams. Skills certificates are awarded upon completion of coursework and marked on a student's transcripts at the end of the semester (Student are unable to declare intent to complete a skills certificate.) Skills Certificates are not eligible for Financial Aid. 

To earn a skills certificate, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Have no financial or library obligation to the college
Certificate Requirements
ACC 135
ACC 136
Bookkeeping I
and Bookkeeping II
3-6
or ACC 201 Financial Accounting
ACC 180Payroll and Employee Benefit Accounting3
ACC 290Certified Bookkeeper Course3-6
Total Units9-15

Recommended Course Sequence: Option 1

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ACC 135 Bookkeeping I 3
ACC 180 Payroll and Employee Benefit Accounting 3
 Semester Total6
2nd semester
ACC 136 Bookkeeping II 3
 Semester Total3
3rd semester
ACC 290 Certified Bookkeeper Course 3-6
 Semester Total3-6
 Total Units12-15

Recommended Course Sequence: Option 2

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ACC 201 Financial Accounting 3
ACC 180 Payroll and Employee Benefit Accounting 3
 Semester Total6
2nd semester
ACC 290 Certified Bookkeeper Course 3-6
 Semester Total3-6
3rd semester
ACC 290 Certified Bookkeeper Course (3)
 Semester Total0
 Total Units9-12