Accounting - Certificate

Accounting - Certificate

Accounting Dept

The Certificate of Achievement in Accounting offers a large selection of courses including first-year college accounting as well as more advanced and specialized courses. Courses in the program provide skills which lead to a number of goals, including career advancement for those already employed, self-employment as a bookkeeper or tax preparer, and completion of many courses needed to take the CPA exam.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will perform transaction analysis, process accounting information and prepare and analyze reports.
  • Students will prepare and interpret the four basic financial statements.
  • Students will apply various methods, including cost-volumeprofit analysis and flexible budgets, for decision-making in both manufacturing and service environments.
  • Students will use various methods, including net present value and the time value of money to make capital budgeting decisions.

Meet the Following Requirements

  1. Complete all required certificate courses with a C (or P) or better.
  2. Complete at least 1/3 of the program courses at Mission College to establish residency.


  • Requirements here apply to the current catalog year and are subject to change.  Visit DegreeWorks in My Mission Portalto view requirements based your catalog year.
  • Not all classes are offered each semester.

Core Curriculum Courses (Required)
Code Class Units
ACC 001A Financial Accounting (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
ACC 001B Managerial Accounting (4.0 Lecture) 4.0

Additional Required Courses (3.0-4.0 Units)
Code Class Units
ACC 033 Forecasting Financial Statements Using Excel (1.5 Lecture) 1.5
ACC 034 Business Financial Planning Using Excel (1.5 Lecture) 1.5


Code Class Units
ACC 075 Cloud Computing and Analytics in Accounting (4.0 Lecture) 4.0

Plus at least 12.0 Units from the Following
Code Class Units
ACC 023 Small Business Accounting (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ACC 033 Forecasting Financial Statements Using Excel (1.5 Lecture) 1.5
ACC 034 Business Financial Planning Using Excel (1.5 Lecture) 1.5
ACC 040 Introduction to Personal Financial Planning (1.0 Lecture) 1.0
ACC 041 Insurance Planning (1.0 Lecture) 1.0
ACC 042 Investment Planning (1.0 Lecture) 1.0
ACC 043 Tax Planning (1.0 Lecture) 1.0
ACC 044 Retirement Planning (1.0 Lecture) 1.0
ACC 045 Estate Planning (1.0 Lecture) 1.0
ACC 051A Taxation of Individuals (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
ACC 051B Taxation of Business Entities (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ACC 052 Payroll and Business Tax Accounting (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ACC 053A Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) I (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ACC 053B Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) II (0.5 Lecture/0.5 Lab) 1.0
ACC 053C Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) III (0.5 Lecture/0.5 Lab) 1.0
ACC 057A Cost Accounting (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
ACC 058A Intermediate Accounting I (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
ACC 058B Intermediate Accounting II (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
ACC 059A Financial Auditing (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
ACC 060 QuickBooks: Desktop Software (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ACC 061 QuickBooks: Online Software (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ACC 066 Accounting for Governmental & Nonprofit Entities (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ACC 067 Advanced Accounting (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
ACC 070 Ethics in Accounting (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ACC 073 Accounting Information Systems (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
ACC 077 Business Processes and Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
BUS 021 Introduction to Business Computing (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BUS 021L Introduction to Business Computing Laboratory (1.0 Lab) 1.0
BUS 028A Business Law I (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
Total Required Units 23.0-25.0
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Career/Transfer Opportunities

Career opportunities include the following: accountants, accounting clerks, bookkeepers, tax preparers, and auditors. Depending on which electives you choose, the program also satisfies many of the lower-division course requirements for transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a degree in Accounting or Business.