Accounting Clerk Certificate Program

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. Students wishing to transfer should meet with a counselor regarding transfer requirements of specific courses.

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.

Certificate Course Requirements:


Accounting Fundamentals 1 - Quickbooks

3 units


Accounting Fundamentals 2 - Quickbooks

3 units

BUS 62

Business Mathematics

3 units

BUS 72 or BUS 78

Office Communications or Business Communications

3 units

CA 31B

Beginners Word Processing - Word

1 unit

CA 62B

Beginners Spreadsheets - Excel

1 unit


Computer Applications Course Elective

2 units


Total Units

16 units

Completion of this certificate can qualify students for any of 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: 10/16/17