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Accounting Technician, Certificate

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Degree: Certificate
HEGIS Code: 5002
Curriculum Code: 2615.ACT
Campus Location: City, Distance

Business & Public Service Division

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Program Description

This certificate is designed to fulfill a need in public and private (profit and non-profit) institutions for employees competent at the entry level in a wide array of computer-driven accounting skills. In addition to core accounting courses, the student acquires some depth in taxation, payroll preparation, inventory supervision and critical aspects of Business Law as related to the duties of an accountant. It is NOT designed for transfer into Bachelor of Science (BS) or other higher level programs; however, it will offer depth in functional areas of accounting and could assist those planning on taking promotional Civil Service exams and those who may wish to complete the Certified Bookkeeper requirements.

Program Competencies

Upon graduating with a Certificate in Accounting Technician, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the Accounting Equation;
  • identify, describe and interpret the major accounting statements;
  • demonstrate, manually and with software, the journalizing, posting, etc., of the proprietary and corporate entries;
  • explain the major methods of IRS and textbook depreciation computation;
  • illustrate the cost flow assumptions of periodic and perpetual inventory systems;
  • show competency in the preparation of federal and state income tax forms for individuals and for the major forms of corporations;
  • use research skills to prepare a variety of internal and external accounting statements and reports; and 
  • prove sufficient understanding of contracts and other elements of Business Law to assure that techniques of bookkeeping do not violate common law, federal and state laws and generally accepted business practices.


 Total Degree Credits: 30

First Semester

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