Harper College

Advanced Accounting Bookkeeper/Clerk Certificate

Prepare for positions in accounts payable/receivable and inventory accounting

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  • Credit hours: 20
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: Accountant, bookkeeper, auditing clerk

Develop the skills needed to advance your career in the accounting and bookkeeping industries with this 20-credit-hour certificate program. The program may be completed on campus or online, giving you additional flexibility.

Take classes in financial and managerial accounting, Quickbooks, payroll accounting, business writing, business organization, business software packages, and database/spreadsheet software. 

After completing the program, you’ll be prepared for entry-level employment opportunities in the accounting/bookkeeping fields. You may also choose to continue your education and complete the Accounting Associate AAS Degree program, giving you additional employment options. All Harper CPA Preparation Certificate courses meet the Illinois Board of Examiners CPA exam requirements.

Certificate program requirements

This 19 credit-hour certificate program will provide the student with the courses needed for an entry-level position in such areas as accounts payable, accounts receivable and inventory accounting.


Number Course Title Credits
ACC 101 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:  Spring 2024

ACC 102 3

Description:  Presents accounting as a system of producing information for internal management use in a business. Emphasis is on the identification, accumulation and interpretation of information for planning, controlling and evaluating the performance of the separate components of a business. Topics include: theory and application of product costing, operational control, cost allocation, performance evaluation for manufacturing and service organizations, standard costing, job order and process costing, budgeting, JIT inventory control, decentralized operations, differential analysis, capital investment analysis and financial statement analysis. IAI BUS 904

Prerequisite: ACC 101 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 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:  Spring 2024

ACC 155 2

Description:  Explains the preparation of payroll records including the tax returns for old-age benefits and employment insurance.

Prerequisite: ACC 100 or ACC 101.

Class Schedule:  Spring 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:  Spring 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:  Spring 2024

ENG 101 or

Description:  Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 096 with a grade of C or better. Other placement options: english-placement-grid.php ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

ENG 130 3

Description:  Teaches formal and psychological aspects of business correspondence. Introduction to various kinds of business letters, memoranda and reports. Improvement of grammar, spelling and word usage.

Prerequisite: ENG 096 with a grade of C or better, or other placement options. english-placement-grid.php

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

MGT 111 3

Description:  Introduces the nature of business and the environment in which it operates. Forms of business ownership, introduction to operative and facilitating facets of business operation, management, marketing, accounting, statistics, business law, finance, investments, insurance and labor-management relations.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

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Next steps

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

Last Updated: 12/14/23