Accounting Clerk Certificate

The Accounting Clerk Certificate Program is a one-year program designed to provide basic training in accounting procedures which will enable students to qualify for clerking level accounting jobs. The courses offered at West Valley College include a computer component designed to give the students working knowledge of the way accounting is done in today's technological environment.

For those students interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree, the department offers Accounting 10 and Accounting 11 which are transferable to most of the four-year schools in California for both accounting degrees and general business degrees.

Most of the jobs in the accounting field can be segregated into a "professional level" and a "clerking level". The professional level typically requires a bachelor's degree in accounting. The clerking level typically requires basic training in accounting procedures. Those with a bachelor's degree in accounting will also be qualified for numerous "non-accounting" jobs in banking, marketing, finance, and management.

Required Core Courses: 9 units

Course Number Course Title Units
ACCT 60A Accounting Fundamentals I QuickBooks 3 units
ACCT 60B Accounting Fundamentals II QuickBooks 3 units
BUSN 62 Business Mathematics 3 units
BUSN 72 Business Communications 3 units
BUSN 78 Business Communications 3 units
CA 31B Beginning Word Processing – Word 1 unit
CA 62B Beginning Spreadsheets – Excel 1 unit
Computer Applications Electives 2 units
Total Units 16 units

Completion of this certificate can qualify students for these career paths:

Clerking Level

  • Accounting Data Entry Clerk
  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Bookkeepers

Professional Level

  • Tax Preparers
  • Public Auditors
  • Governmental Accountants (including educational institutions )
  • Non-Profit Institutional Accountant (including charities and hospitals)
  • Business Consultants
  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Planners
  • Credit Analysts
  • Corporate Accountants
  • Cost Accountants
last published: 4/1/18