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Basic Certificate in Accounting

Get started in accounting with a basic certificate.

You can start right away in bookkeeping and accounting—without committing to a four-year degree program. Our 30-hour Basic Certificate in Accounting program consists of undergraduate courses in accounting, finance, and business. During our accounting certificate programs on Long Island, you will explore the discipline of accounting and gain a basic understanding of accounting principles and techniques.

The point is to get you qualified for entry-level accounting positions in business and nonprofit entities. Students completing this certificate may be able to find positions as bookkeepers, accounting clerks, credit authorizers and clerks, brokerage clerks, and payroll clerks. This certificate program also prepares you to sit for the Certified Bookkeeper (CB) exam.

Part-time students can complete the certificate in four semesters or two years. However, depending on your prior course work, certain prerequisite courses may be required in order to gain entry into the FIN 330 course, which will increase the length of the program.

To be admitted, you must meet basic College of Professional and Continuing Studies undergraduate admissions criteria. These accounting classes in Nassau County do not require any other college degree or SAT score for admission. However, you must have a high school diploma or GED and must complete the College of Professional and Continuing Studies application. You can be admitted at any time during the academic year.

If you’re looking prep courses for CPAs in New York, this Accounting Basic Certificate program could be right for you. 

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