Harper College

Accounting Bookkeeper/Clerk Certificate

Take your first steps toward an accounting career

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  • 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 7 credit-hour certificate program will provide the student with the courses needed for an entry-level position in this particular area.


Number Course Title Credits
ACC 100 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.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

ACC 101 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

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

ACC 112 2

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.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

CAS 115 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.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

CAS 215 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.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

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Next steps

For more information about accounting courses at Harper, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Please note: This program is not financial aid eligible.

Last Updated: 4/8/24