Looking to grow your accounting skills and your paycheck? Need to prepare for a certification exam? Or maybe you want to start earning credits that transfer to a university. Get the advantage: Earn an accounting certificate or degree at Orange Coast College. Our programs include business taxation competency, individual accounting competency, cost accounting and payroll accounting, to name just a few. You can begin your career with our Entry-Level Accounting Certificate of Achievement, and then expand your skills and competencies with additional training. Read on to learn more about the OCC Career Advantage Accounting programs.

A sampling of courses for these careers

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Business Taxation
  • Financial Accounting
  • Individual Income Tax
  • Payroll
  • Auditing

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Did you know?

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 7 percent from
2020 to 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in accounting.

Build upon your skills if you’re already employed in the field. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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Accounting

Prepare for a position as an accounts payable/receivable specialist, cost accountant, disbursement specialist, full charge bookkeeper, general ledger specialist, junior accountant, payroll specialist, senior accountant or tax staff. Take coursework in financial and managerial accounting, computerized accounting, and intermediate, tax, and cost accounting. 

Business Taxation Competency

Learn about business taxation through basic accounting and computer accounting coursework with this area as the focus.

Cost Accounting Competency

Prepare for an entry-level position in cost accounting. Learn about cost accounting through basic accounting and computer accounting coursework with this area as the focus. 

Entry-Level Accounting

Prepare for an entry-level position in accounting. Learn how to perform a profitability and cost analysis and perform accounting functions, manually and through software, by taking courses in basic accounting and computer accounting. 

Financial Accounting Competency

Prepare for the financial reporting section of the CPA exam. Learn intermediate accounting concepts through accounting and computer accounting coursework with this area as the focus. 

Governmental Accounting Competency

Learn governmental accounting through basic accounting and computer accounting coursework with this area as the focus.

Individual Taxation Competency

Prepare for an entry-level position in individual tax preparation. Learn about taxation of individuals through basic accounting and computer accounting coursework with this area as the focus.

Non-Profit Accounting Competency

Prepare for an entry-level position in accounting at a non-profit agency. Learn non-profit accounting through basic accounting and computer accounting coursework with this area as the focus.

Payroll Accounting Competency

Prepare for an entry-level position in accounting, with an emphasis in payroll. Learn payroll accounting through basic accounting and computer accounting coursework with this area as the focus. 

Accounting Data Analytics

Learn about accounting data analytics through basic accounting and computer accounting coursework with this area as the focus. View program detail in course catalog.

Accounting

Complete the Accounting Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree in Accounting. You will be prepared to launch your career in accounting as an accounts payable/receivable specialist, cost accountant, disbursement specialist, full charge bookkeeper, general ledger specialist, junior accountant, payroll specialist, senior accountant and tax staff. View program detail in course catalog.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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Career Services
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Programs