Certificate or Diploma in Accounting
A short certificate or diploma program in accounting is the place where many accounting professionals start their career. Generally speaking, most diploma programs take around one year, and they cover the basics of accounting, bookkeeping, payroll account, or some other particular job. These are enough to qualify you for a job as a bookkeeper or clerk, but lack the general education requirements you would need to transfer to a 4-year college. Certificate programs may be shorter, and require just three or four courses – the bare basics necessary to start a job.
Most of the time, students can earn these entry-level qualification from a community college or small accounting school. While a bookkeeper certificate or diploma won’t get you very far toward a college degree, it’s ideal for people looking to learn the basics of accounting, and to sit for licenses and credentials like the Certified Bookkeeper exam.