Accounting Bookkeeper/Clerk Certificate
Take your first steps toward an accounting career
- Credit hours: 8
- Stackable to degree: Yes
- Potential job outcomes: Entry-level accounting clerk
Get an introduction to the accounting field with this 8-credit-hour certificate program. Learn to use the basic software tools that accountants need to know: Quickbooks, spreadsheets, databases, word processing programs, and more.
After completing this program, you’ll be prepared for entry-level employment opportunities in the accounting field.
You may also choose to continue your education by completing the Accounting Associate AAS Degree, giving you additional employment options.
Courses for this program are offered at Harper's main campus in Palatine, as well as the Learning and Career Center (LCC) in Prospect Heights.
Certificate program requirements
This 8 credit-hour certificate program will provide the student with the courses needed for an entry-level position in this particular area.
|ACC 100||Introductory Accounting or|
Description: Provides students with a foundation in fundamental accounting procedures using the accounting cycle for both service and merchandising businesses, including adjustments, preparation of financial statements and closing procedures. Also included are reconciliation of bank statements, petty cash and examination of fraud and internal controls. This non-transfer course is intended for those students planning to take only one semester of accounting or for those who need preparation before enrolling in ACC 101.
|ACC 101||Introduction to Financial Accounting||3-4|
Description: Presents accounting as an information system that produces summary financial statements primarily for users external to a business. Emphasizes the reporting of the effect of transactions and other economic events on the financial condition and operating results of a business. Topics include: basic accounting concepts, financial statements, accrual and cash basis, the accounting cycle, monetary assets, inventories, fixed assets, current and long-term liabilities, and owner’s equity. The course assumes a corporate form of organization. NOTE: High school algebra is recommended. IAI BUS 903
Description: Provides students with applications of QuickBooks. Students apply accounting principles and manage accounting records like those used in small businesses.
Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in ACC 100 or ACC 101.
|CAS 160||Introduction to Business Software Packages or|
Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of currently popular software packages or suites. Includes word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software and the integration of these applications.
|Three total credit hours from the following four CAS courses:|
|CAS 105||Word Processing Software||1|
Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of a currently popular word processing package. Includes editing, formatting, creating tables and outlines and merging data.
|CAS 115||Spreadsheet Software||1|
Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of a currently popular spreadsheet package. Includes creating, editing and formatting worksheets; working with formulas, functions and charts.
|CAS 125||Database Software||1|
Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of a currently popular database package. Includes creating databases, tables and table relationships, maintaining an querying databases, and creating forms and reports.
|CAS 215||Advanced Spreadsheet Software||1|
Description: Provides an opportunity to become proficient in the use of a currently popular advanced spreadsheet package. Includes workbook sharing, advanced content formatting, data importing, filtering, charting, pivot tables, forms and macros.
Prerequisite: CAS 115 or CAS 160 with a grade of C or better.
Students interested in accounting may also be interested in:
- Accounting Associate AAS Degree
- Accounting Assistant Certificate
- Advanced Accounting Bookkeeper/Clerk Certificate
- Professional Accounting - CPA Preparation Certificate
- Tax Accounting Assistant Certificate
Please note: This program is not financial aid eligible.