This certificate is part of the Accounting AAAS and is designed to be a step towards a degree. By completing the Accounting Certificate of Proficiency, you will have completed the first 55 credits of an Accounting degree.

Completion Award
Certificate of Proficiency
Length of Study
55 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring
Online, On Campus

  1. Apply basic principles, theories and procedures for recording and reporting financial data
  2. Apply practical accounting practices in a variety of business structures including corporations, partnerships and small businesses
  3. Prepare financial reports and analyze relevant financial data
  4. Provide management support in the budgeting, planning and decision-making processes
  5. Apply knowledge of payroll laws and related procedures
  6. Apply knowledge of individual income tax laws (for A.A.A.S. degree students only)

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The job outlook for accounting-related occupations is very good. Graduates may be hired as an Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable Clerk, Full-Charge Bookkeeper, Junior Accountant, Ledger Clerk, Payroll Clerk or Tax Preparer.

Potential employers include: Many of the new accounting positions will be created in small, rapidly growing businesses or CPA firms. The field also provides opportunities for temporary employment, part-time work or accounting services out of your home.

Gainful Employment

Federal regulations require certain educational programs that qualify for a variety of federal student funding to comply with Gainful Employment rules.

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Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $150.18 $246.87 $337.97 $166.09
5 credits $658.90 $1,142.35 $1,597.85 $738.45
12 credits (full-time) $1,418.96 $2,393.98 $3,312.20 $1,579.76
15 credits $1,592.00 $2,579.20 $3,508.25 $1,755.35

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

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