Companies big and small need a dedicated accounting department to track its assets and liabilities, create financial statements, and record transactions. As the business world increasingly relies on computers, accounting clerks not only need traditional accounting skills, but savvy computer skills as well.
College of Marin’s Applied Accounting Certificate Program provides training for entry-level bookkeepers, as well as individuals with bookkeeping experience who wish to gain a better conceptual background in accounting and finance.
Our accounting certificate graduates work in many different types of organizations, including: firms that provide accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services, government organizations, schools and nonprofits, and a wide range of companies with a finance or accounting department.
Applied Accounting Program Options – What does COM Offer?
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Applied Accounting Certificate of Achievement (24.0 units)
|Time to Completion (minimum):||2 semesters|
|Estimated Tuition & Fees*:||$1254.00|
|Estimated Books & Supplies*:||$1200.00|
|BUS 101||Intro to Business||◻||3.0|
|BUS 112||Financial Accounting||◻||4.0|
|BUS 113||Managerial Accounting||◻||4.0|
|BUS 115||Applied Computerized Accounting||◻||3.0|
|CIS 110||Intro to Computer Information Systems||◻||3.0|
|CIS 118||Introduction to MS Excel Spreadsheet Design||◻||1.5|
|CIS 128||Intermediate MS Excel Spreadsheet Design||◻||1.5|
|BUS 107||Business Law||◻||3.0|
|BUS 144||Business Communication||◻||3.0|
|BUS 150||Supervision and Management||◻||3.0|
|ECON 101||Principles of Macroeconomics||◻||3.0|
|ECON 102||Principles of Microeconomics||◻||3.0|
* These expenses may not reflect your actual cost to attend College of Marin.
-Tuition cost is for in-state tuition, which is currently $46/unit plus additional fees. For out-of-state tuition, see marin.edu/paying-college.
-For information about opportunities for financial aid, please visit marin.edu/financial-aid
-For financial aid and enrollment questions, contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some classes may have prerequisites. Please meet with a College of Marin Counselor to plan your education path and determine which classes are necessary for you.
What work can I get and how much can I earn?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were about 1.9 million accounting clerk in 2010 and about 25% only worked part-time. With many accounting professionals retiring, it is no surprise that this career has strong growth potential in the coming years.
JOB TITLE: Bookkeeping, Accounting, Auditing Clerk
- Annual Earnings: $32,730 to $72,400
- What They Do: Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records.
JOB TITLE: Billing/Posting Clerk
- Annual Earnings: $32,880 to $69,500
- What They Do: Compile data, compute fees and charges, and prepare invoices for billing purposes. Duties include computing costs and calculating rates for goods, services, and shipment of goods; posting data; and keeping other relevant records.
JOB TITLE: Payroll and Timekeeping Clerk
- Annual Earnings: $35,820 to $90,710
- What They Do: Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees’ time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.
To explore these professions in more detail or find out about other growing professions, visit onetonline.org.
Salary ranges reflect 10% to 90% of annual earnings per data sourced from Economic Modeling Specialists International (www.economicmodeling.com); data includes the North Bay Region (Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma) and San Francisco County.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
PLAN: Call the Counseling Office at (415) 485-9432
OTHER QUESTIONS: Call COM's Career Programs Dept at (415) 457-8811 x8200
- Full-Time Business Faculty Contacts:
- Christine Li (415) 457-8811 x7579
- Nancy Willet (415) 457-8811 x7497
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Why Choose College of Marin for Accounting?
- Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents.
- Starting here is a terrific and inexpensive way to start your career in accounting.
- Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.
- Amazing faculty with strong real-world experience. Our faculty are leaders in the field and bring their expertise to the classroom. You’re taught the skills needed in today’s job market.
- Small Class Size: Most business classes have 20-30 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.
- Convenient: COM has two campuses (Kentfield and Novato) and class meeting times and locations are convenient to the working student’s schedule. Evening, weekend, and online classes available for a wide range of scheduling needs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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