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Staff Accountant, Certificate of Achievement

Banner code: 2_CN_ACCT
Financial aid: Eligible 

This program is designed for students seeking jobs in bookkeeping and accounting. The curriculum prepares students for an occupation in accounting and/or supplements the currently employed accountant with additional skills. All courses in this program satisfy semester unit requirements necessary to qualify to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination. Students interested in becoming a CPA will find this program particularly useful.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Process and apply accounting transaction analysis into an accounting system.
  2. Prepare the four basic financial statements.
  3. Analyze results of financial information via ratios, relationships, and variance analysis to aid management decision making.
  4. Utilize federal income taxation concepts to compile individual tax returns and forms.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

This certificate goes through the State approval process and requires a minimum of 12 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational area. The certificate programs normally include only those courses which have a direct bearing upon specialized occupational competency since the objective of earning the career certificate is immediate employment in a specialized area. Upon successful completion of the program and completing the application, the student will receive the certificate and be recognized at the graduation ceremony. In order to earn a Certificate of Achievement all courses that apply to the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 12 units in residence at GWC is required, and 50 percent of the certificate program must be completed at GWC.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
ACCT G101Financial Accounting4
ACCT G102Managerial Accounting4
ACCT G130Computerized Accounting3
or ACCT G235 Quickbooks Pro for Accountants
ACCT G111Individual Income Taxation3
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6-8
ACCT G110Payroll Accounting And Taxation3
ACCT G113Business Income Taxation3
ACCT G210Cost Accounting3
ACCT G211Intermediate Accounting 14
ACCT G212Intermediate Accounting 24
ACCT G215Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Internal Control Compliance3
ACCT G220Forensic Accounting, Introduction3
or CJ G220 Forensic Accounting, Introduction
Total Units20-22