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Bookkeeping Certification

Certificate of Completion

The Bookkeeping Certification at West Valley College focuses on helping students develop bookkeeping skills that will enable them to successfully pass the state's Bookkeeping Certification exam and become a certified Bookkeeper in California. Students will develop an understanding of essential bookkeeping functions, accounting cycles and cash systems, debits and credits; analyze business transactions; create a trial balance; and adjust entries and reconcile bank statements used in bookkeeping. They will obtain the foundation required for success in calculating payroll, completing payroll taxes, and preparing payroll records and reports, focusing on practical applications as well as theory. The elective courses give students a chance to explore software programs used in Bookkeeping, such as Excel and Quickbooks, and learn the fundamentals of spreadsheets using Excel software typically used in accounting and bookkeeping. They will also learn the steps in the accounting process for a service or merchandising company using Quickbooks. Possible job titles for students who complete the Bookkeeping Certification include but are not limited to: Bookkeeper, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, and Payroll Clerk.

Major Core Requirements (96-108 hours)

Course NumberCourse TitleHours
NCBU001Principles and Fundamentals of Accounting and Bookkeeping48 - 54 hours
NCBU002Payroll Accounting and Bookkeeping48 - 54 hours

Major Electives: Select two (51-68 hours)

Course NumberCourse TitleHours
NCBU004Excel for Accounting and Bookkeeping29 - 32 hours
NCBU006Quickbooks: Set-up and Services Business22 - 24 hours
NCBU007Quickbooks: Merchandising and Payroll32 - 36 hours

Total Certificate Hours: 147-176 hours

Certificates are listed as hours rather than college credit (units). Students must pass and complete the minimum number of hours required.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the bookkeeping skills required to successfully pass the state's bookkeeping certification exam and become a certified bookkeeper in California
  • Produce reports required to successfully calculate payroll, complete payroll taxes, and prepare payroll records and reports.
  • Evaluate accounting problems and design and construct Excel spreadsheets to solve those problems and/or record economic events and prepare financial statements for a service and/or merchandising company using QuickBooks software.
Last Updated 7/19/23