Accounting Paraprofessional Proficiency Certificate


The Accounting Paraprofessional proficiency certificate is a 16 credit-hour program designed for persons interested in pursuing careers as accounting paraprofessionals in business, government, and non-profit organizations. Students earning the Accounting Paraprofessional proficiency certificate may elect to continue their education at the College by earning the A.A.S. degree in Accounting.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the courses in the Accounting Paraprofessional proficiency certificate the student will be able to:

  • Explain the contents of the financial statements prepared according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Analyze and record transactions, and complete the accounting cycle using computerized general ledger software.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain an entry-level position as an accounting clerk or tax preparer.
  • Effectively communicate with users of financial information orally and in writing.

Program Entry Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of the certificate.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" grade or better in each of the courses listed. In order to receive a "C" grade or better and thus demonstrate competency, students must complete exams, writing assignments and participate in class activities.

Course Sequence:

Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
ACCT 101 - Financial Accounting   4 credits
ENGL 101 - English Composition or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
  3 credits
ACCT 102 - Managerial Accounting  ACCT 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits
ACCT 103 - Microcomputers in Accounting  ACCT 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits
ACCT 208 - Tax Accounting  or
ACCT 215 - Nonprofit Accounting
For ACCT 215: ACCT 102 or ACCT 101 and departmental approval. 3 credits

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room B2-22, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8414; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.