CERT - Occupational Certificate

Graduates will be equipped with the essential skills required of an entry level employee in the accounting industry. The required major and other departmental (business) courses are designed to meet the growing demand for competent accounting personnel in both the private and public sectors.

Program Purpose

Graduates will focus on their vocational training with the program being designed to deliver the necessary tools to equip the student in obtaining an entry level position within the field of accounting.

Learning Outcomes

  • Complete the accounting cycle using assumptions, constraints, and principles in compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Complete accounting activities using computerized accounting software.
  • Prepare basic income tax returns.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of payroll in the accounting industry.
  • Describe and report costing concepts for business entities for decision making including budgeting and forecasting.
  • Define and identify types of fraud found in business as well as develop methods of detection, investigation, and prevention and internal control.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how government and non-profits record economic activity, prepare budgets, and report financial results.
  • Apply business analysis and decision making methods using equity and credit analysis and valuation models.
  • Apply accounting concepts learned in the degree/certificate program to real world examples.