Courses & Programs

Accounting Systems Certificate

Kristine Ricker Choleva

Chair, Business

Business and Technology

Kittredge Center 513

413.552.2565 (Tel)

What will you learn?

The Accounting Systems Certificate prepares students to pursue entry-level employment in the field of accounting. Credits earned through the certificate program maybe applied toward the A.S. in Accounting as well. A majority of the certificate program requirements may be taken online.


Upon graduating from this program, students will:

  • Be able to analyze and record accounting transactions that result in accurately prepared financial statements
  • Apply quantitative analysis of accounting data to operate an accounting information system.

What will you do?

Continue toward your associate degree, or go right into the workforce! Job and career options include:

  • Financial accounting
  • Auditing
  • Budget analysis
  • Tax planning

Learn more at HCC's Advising, Career and Tranfer Center and at What Can I Do With This Major?

26 total credits

24 Program Requirements

Depending on course selection, 100% of this program can be completed online.

Program Requirements

This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course explores the basic statements of an accounting system: the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, and the Statement of Retained Earnings. Students will examine the accounting cycle with an emphasis on the methods of accumulating and summarizing data generated by business transactions. Students will apply their manual accounting skills to an automated accounting system using a learning management system. Areas of concentration will include adjusting entries, closing process, inventory anaylsis, merchandising transactions, cash control procedures, and receivables. Prerequisite: Eligibility for MTH 085
This course will expand upon the basic concepts and theories that students learned in the Principles of Accounting I course. Areas studied include, but not limited to, the following: long-term assets, short-term and long-term liabilities; transactions unique to corporations issuing stock; Statement of Stockholders' Equity; Statement of Cash Flows, Financial Statement Analysis, as well as gaining exposure to accounting for Manufacturers through an introduction to Managerial Accounting and Job Order Costing. Prerequisite: ACC 111 with a grade of C- or better.
Designed to give students with an accounting background a familiarity with accounting spreadsheet applications. System design theory and accounting theory will be integrated to convert a manual accounting system to a computerized system through use of spreadsheet software. Prerequisites: ACC 111, Prerequisite or Corequisite: BUS 215
A focus on organizing, interpreting, assessing and communication mathematical data for quantitative decision making in the business environment. The problem solving, reasoning, and communication requirements in this course will help students make better decisions associated with common business functions such as: payroll and taxes; accounting; banking; both electronic and store-front retailing; insurance, and finance. The course will stress critical and logical thinking skills, number sense and estimation, evaluating and producing statistical information, basic financial decision making, some fundamentals of probability, and an overview of the important social implications underlying any numerical data. Prerequisite: BUS 115 or BUS 215 or CSI 111 and eligibility for MTH 095
This course will cover all aspects of spreadsheets using an integrated software package which combines a large, advanced electronic worksheet with state-of-the-art graphics and database management capacity, beginning with building a basic worksheet and progressing through the major commands and advanced features of the software package. Keyboarding skills preferred, but not required.
Emphasizes the fundamental principles of oral and written communication within an organizational setting. Techniques for writing various types of communication are studied, including the writing of news releases, policies, procedures, and performance appraisals, includes instruction in oral communication and the use of presentation software. Grammar, syntax, style, economy of expression, organization of thought, and clarity are stressed. Prerequisite: ENG 101
Select from: BUS 101, BUS 115, CSI 111, LAW 211, MGT 230, MGT 231, or MGT 235.