Accounting Professional

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The Accounting Professional 
The Accounting Professional program provides students the basic competencies involved in an accounting or financial role for small businesses or in a support role for CPAs and other accounting professionals in a larger firm. An in-depth understanding of accounting principles will ensure professionals have the skills necessary to undertake the tasks and analysis required to work as an entry-level professional, provide bookkeeping services to small businesses of all sorts, liaise between small businesses and their accounting firms or support a team of accounting professionals.

The Accounting Professional Program
Any successful business owner can tell you that proper accounting is one of the most important aspects of their entire organization. Proper accounting is essential to the effective functioning and success of any small business and the leadership teams in these companies depend entirely on their accounting staff to track and report the overall health of the company from day to day, quarter to quarter and year to year. Staff who understanding how to calculate the essential accounting data for a company have the skills to properly advise leadership on the business decisions they need to make. Apart from the CPA who prepares the formal tax filings, the skills students gain from the Accounting Professional Program will ensure they’re prepared for an entry-level accounting position with any small business or effectively assist on a sophisticated accounting team.. Students who complete the Accounting Professional Program will have the skills necessary for success in these positions starting from day one on the job!


Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define terms related to business accounting and apply accounting principles
  • Prepare & analyze financial statements for decision making
  • Evaluate internal controls and account for partnership transactions
  • Differentiate international financial reporting standards from GAAP
  • Apply a working knowledge of accounting concepts and principles
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare and understand corporate financial statements
  • Analyze financial statements using various ratios and tools
  • Describe long-term liabilities
  • Examine concepts related to managerial accounting
  • Prepare and analyze various types of budgets
  • Use Microsoft Office

Note:  In order to qualify for an externship, students must successfully complete the program, including all quizzes and final exams, and be available for a background check and/or a potential drug screen.  This program can be completed in 6 months.  However, students will have online access to this program for a 12-month period. 

Education and Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program. 
  • National Certification Available:
    • National Association of Certified Professional Bookkeepers (NACPB) Bookkeeper Certification Exam
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam

Optional Volunteer Externship Opportunity

Students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an optional volunteer externship opportunity with a local company/agency/organization whose work aligns with this area of study in order to gain valuable hands-on experience.  As students progress through their eLearning program, an Externship Coordinator will reach out to coordinate placement.

Note:
Additional documentation including health records, immunizations, drug-screening, criminal background checks, etc. may be required by the externship facility.