Professional Certificate in Accounting

Professional Certificate in Accounting

Classroom or Online Program


12-18 months


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Open a new door in your accounting career and acquire knowledge and skills you can use in companies large and small, government offices or the nonprofit sector. The demand for accountants is rising in all types of organizations and industries. Add a new professional designation to your title, keep up on current trends, and challenge yourself to be the best in your field.

Designed For

  • Individuals working in the financial services industry
  • Business students
  • Financial assistants

What You'll Learn

  • Master tax planning, budget analysis, financial statement preparation, and auditing.
  • Understand and be able to apply important accounting principles to private, public and nonprofit organizations.
  • Meet legal and regulatory requirements necessary to perform public accounting functions for clients.
  • Be able to analyze financial statements.
  • Be prepared to advise clients regarding important financial reporting requirements, strategic financial decisions and other matters related to accounting practice.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries, and can be found in firms, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Manager

Program Overview


32 Units


4 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“My professional certificate boosted my ability to compete in the accounting field. The courses greatly updated my skills and knowledge, and prepared me to sit for the CPA exam.”

Amy S. Linard

County of Riverside
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school education or equivalent

Completion of this certificate meets one of the State of California educational requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Financial Statement Analysis

MGT X435.8

4 units

Principles of Accounting

MGT X477.3

4 units

Quarter 2

Financial Reporting

MGT X468.1

4 units

Managerial Accounting

MGT X468.5

4 units

Quarter 3

Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations I

MGT X428

4 units

Cost Accounting

MGT X428.16

4 units

Quarter 4

Auditing: Financial

MGT X429.24

4 units

Quarter 5

Tax Planning

MGT X435.4

4 units


Instructor Spotlight

“My managerial experiences in corporate and international banking, mergers and acquisitions, private banking, and insurance enable me to share rich examples of how important financial concepts are used by executives and managers. Plus, these real-life examples add interest to my classes--and make learning fun!”

Dr. Joan Branin

The Acorn Group
Pasadena, CA

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