Payroll Accounting Certificate

Division: Business and Computer Information Systems


The Payroll Accounting Certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level position in accounting in the public and private sector area such as manufacturing, small business, financial service, wholesale trades, and government. Specialized training in payroll accounting and financial accounting enables students to maintain accounting and payroll records. Entry-level employment opportunities include positions in payroll, accounts receivable/payable, and number of trainee/internship positions. A grade of C or better is required in each course taken. This certificate requires 16-19 units.

Required Courses (8 units):
ACCT 101AFFinancial Accounting5
or ACCT 102HF Honors Financial Accounting
ACCT 110 FPayroll Accounting3
Restricted Electives (8-11 units):8-11
Small Business Accounting3
Computerized Accounting with QuickBooks3
Excel for Accountants3
Accounting Internship2-4
Business Internship (formerly BUS 061 F)
Business Communications3
Critical Reasoning and Writing for Business (formerly Writing for Business)
Honors Critical Reasoning and Writing for Business (formerly Honors Writing for Business)
Introduction to Personal Computers4
Honors Introduction to Personal Computers
Total Units16-19

Outcome 1: Prepare journal entries in accordance to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Outcome 2: Interpret employment laws and employment tax laws.

Outcome 3: Prepare payroll records and payroll tax returns.