The Bookkeeping Certificate prepares students for entry level employment as bookkeeping clerks. This one year certificate program is designed to accommodate those who are employed full time or are attending college on a part time basis seeking to upgrade their existing employment skills or begin a job as a bookkeeper or office manager for a small or medium sized business.

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

Learn more here, here, here, here, and here about how certificate credits apply to the related degrees.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED not required, but highly recommended.
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test. 
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate financial and related information both verbally and in writing, relative to their knowledge and skill level with internal and external constituents, both inside and outside the field.
  2. Work collaboratively, professionally, ethically, and with fiduciary responsibility to pursue the corporate objectives in a manner that is within the appropriate professional code of conduct.
  3. Accurately record and apply fundamental bookkeeping processes to properly record routine and nonroutine business transactions.
  4. Utilize office suite products, including spreadsheets, database, word processing, presentation, and enterprise-wide technology along with proprietary accounting software to record daily bookkeeping tasks.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ACCT-1310 Financial Accounting 4
ACCT-xxxx Any ACCT elective course3-4
BADM-1020 Introduction to Business 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours16-17
Second Semester
ACCT-1030 Payroll 3
ACCT-1520 QuickBooks Immersion 2
BADM-2150 Business Law 4
Select one of the following: 3-4
ACCT-xxxx 1
Any ACCT elective course 
FIN-xxxx
Finance Elective 
Select one of the following: 3
Business Communication  
Honors Business Communications  
 Credit Hours15-16
 Total Credit Hours31-33

Electives 

Select from below courses to fulfill elective requirement.

ACCT-1011Business Math Applications3
ACCT-1340Managerial Accounting4
ACCT-2310Intermediate Accounting I4
ACCT-2500Governmental/Non-Profit Accounting4
ACCT-2320Intermediate Accounting II4
ACCT-2340Cost Accounting4
ACCT-2830Cooperative Field Experience1-3
ACCT-28xxAccounting Special Topics2-4
FIN-1061Personal Finance3
FIN-2100Financial Management3