Who needs to take accounting certificate programs and why should you do it? There are three main reasons that students earn college certificates:
Now, let's put these into the context of our accountancy world. We've identified seven benefits/reasons for undertaking accounting certificate programs:
Generally speaking you don't need any particular education requirements to undertake the course but a bachelor's degree is usually recommended. That's because it's all about deep diving into a particular industry and in many cases it's working professionals who are completing these courses.
But why would you take a certificate in accounting as opposed to a full undergraduate (bachelor) or graduate (masters) degrees? Here are three more reasons for you to consider:
By taking an accounting certificate at a recognised institution your reputation will be enhanced enhanced not only because of the college but more importantly the demonstrating of your own commitment to accounting.
However, if you're intending to become a CPA (certified Public Accountant) or a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) then taking an accounting certificate program on it's own will not be the right path for you. Very importantly, it will count towards to the educational requirements of these important certifications. But you really need to look at the bachelor and master degrees first.
We're probably agreed that they seem like a very good idea but what do you actually learn?
Different colleges provide different material but in general you complete compulsory courses in the principles of financial accounting and managerial accounting. And then you'll specialize in:
In terms of semester credits most accounting certificate programs give you between 16 and 54 depending on your specialization. That makes it very important to review exactly which course will be suitable for you and what is affordable.
And we're guessing you want to know which colleges around the country offer these accounting certificate programs? We'll be building on this list but here some of the top providers of these accounting professional certificates are:
||Minimum 2.5 GPA,
3.5 or higher
||$5,500 to $5,900
||Grade C or better
for all units
|UC Davis Extension
(University of California)
||$4,470 to $4,920
||Ideal for bachelor