Accounting Certificate


Certificate (Federal aid eligible if certificate is combined with Associate of Science degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, or Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Not eligible for federal aid as a stand-alone certificate.)



Business solutions, profitability enhancement, and information analysis are a few of the skills employers seek in today’s accounting field. In large companies, accounting graduates may be responsible for analyzing, classifying, and recording transactions. At smaller firms, accountants may be responsible for maintaining part or all of the company’s financial records.

Accounting provides a universal base that allows students to speak the language of business. A functional understanding of QuickBooks gives students proficiency in the leading software of the profession. Other skills students will acquire in the training at Ensign College include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Anticipation of internal and external user's requirements
  • Cost assignment and responsibility accounting
  • Excel Specialist Certification
  • QuickBooks Certification

People who are detail oriented and orderly enjoy accounting work. Good interpersonal communication skills and the ability to maintain confidences also lead to success in this profession.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are vast with an accounting degree. Every company keeps records of business financial activities. In large companies, accounting graduates can help with part of the accounting system. In smaller companies, graduates may be responsible for maintaining part or all of a company’s financial records. Career goals for students with an accounting degree may eventually include every business discipline. Mastering the concepts and skills of accounting enhances effectiveness and value.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:

  • Prepare financial statements pursuant to GAAP using the Accounting Cycle
  • Evaluate financial statements
  • Conduct computerized accounting for a small business
  • Perform reconciliations on General Ledger accounts
  • Achieve industry certification beneficial to the Accounting profession
  • Provide decision makers with relevant information using Managerial Accounting concepts

Course Requirements

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Accounting Certificate

Course NumberTitleCredits
ACC 101Financial Accounting I

3 credits

ACC 102Financial Accounting II

3 credits

ACC 210 or FIN 301ACC Choice

3 credits

ACC 212Managerial Accounting

3 credits

BAP 115Excel and Introduction to Technology

1 credit

BAP 130Advanced Excel

1 credit

BA 140Tableau for Business Analytics

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:15
**Students pursuing an Accounting BAS should take ACC 210 to complete the Accounting Certificate. 
Students pursuing a Finance BAS should take FIN 301 to complete the Accounting Certificate.**

Total Credit Hours: 15

Graduation Requirements

1.Minimum of 15 total semester credit hours as outlined
2.Grade of C- or higher in all program-specific courses
3.Certificate grade-point average of 2.0 or higher


Individual student circumstances, such as the need for a smaller course load or the number of preparatory English or Math courses a student must take, may require additional semesters to complete the program. Please see your academic advisor for assistance.

First Semester

ACC 101,Financial Accounting I,3 credits
BA 140, Tableau for Business Analytics, 1 credit
BAP 115,Excel and Introduction to Technology,1 credit

Total Minimum Semester Hours 5

Second Semester

ACC 102,Financial Accounting II, 3 credits
BAP 130,Advanced Excel1 credit

Total Minimum Semester Hours 4

Third Semester

ACC 210, Quickbooks Online, or FIN 301, Introduction to Finance 3 credits
ACC 212, Managerial Accounting, 3 credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours 6

Total Accounting Certificate Minimum Credit Hours: 15