Academic Catalogs

Accounting, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_ACCT
Control Number: 22371

The Accounting certificate program contains coursework in financial and managerial accounting, computerized accounting, and intermediate, tax, and cost accounting. Completing the program will provide students with the skills necessary for employment in a variety of accounting positions. Career opportunities include: accounts payable/receivable specialist, cost accountant, disbursement specialist, full charge bookkeeper, general ledger specialist, junior accountant, payroll specialist, senior accountant, and tax staff.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate various activities performed in the accounting function of industry, apply comprehensive accounting skills, utilize technical knowledge, and display ethical behaviors and practices.
  2. Demonstrate technical knowledge of accounting related topics that provide major course transfer to a four-year institution.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ACCT A101 Financial Accounting 4
BUS A100
Introduction to Business
or Introduction to Business Honors
3
CIS A111 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 3
 Units10
Semester 2
ACCT A102 Managerial Accounting 4
ACCT A110 Excel for Accounting and Finance 3
 Units7
Semester 3
ACCT A212 Intermediate Accounting 1 3
BUS A139 Business Communication 3
 Units6
Semester 4
ACCT A111
Individual Income Tax
or Business Taxation
3
ACCT A210 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT A213 Intermediate Accounting 2 3
ACCT A218 Auditing 3
 Units12
 Total Units35