May 30, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Accounting: Bookkeeper Certificate

The Bookkeeper Certificate is a program designed to allow students to acquire the technical skills to support accountants and financial professionals with entry level tasks.  Introduction to accounting theory and the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) supports student learning in computerized accounting tasks and the specialized area of Payroll and Sales Tax accounting.  Career skills introduced include communication, ethics, statistics, and key business software applications.  

This certificate curriculum includes the courses in the Bookkeeper Basics Certificate  and students should petition to graduate from the Bookkeeper Basics certificate when they complete the required coursework for the certificate. This certificate curriculum includes the courses in the Professional Bookkeeper Certificate  and the Accounting Paraprofessional (AAS)  and credits may be applied to these degrees. Many of the courses are included in the Associates of Arts Business Emphasis  and the Bachelor of Science Business Administration with an Accounting Minor  and some credits may be applied to these degrees. 

Students must demonstrate college-level proficiency in composition, reading, and mathematics as prerequisites for courses within this program. Skills in these areas may affect the sequence of courses in which students can enroll and may also extend the time required to complete this program. For more details see Academic Placement Methods and Placement Test Options  section.

Graduates of the program will receive a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency: Bookkeeper.

The Bookkeeper Certificate is offered at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, Leadville, Rifle, Spring Valley at Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs, Vail Valley at Edwards, and Online. Not all courses are offered in a live mode at all campuses. For additional program location & modality information, please see Academic Programs at Colorado Mountain College.

The courses below fulfill the requirements of the Bookkeeper certificate. See an advisor to develop a personalized schedule.

Students completing this program may wish to seek the Bookkeeping Certification, Quickbooks Online and Payroll Certification Credentials from the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers. 

Learn more about the Accounting Program.

General Education Requirements

Written Communication (GT-CO1-2)

Take 1 course (3 credits) from content areas:

GT-CO1: Introductory Writing  
GT-CO2: Intermediate Writing  

Mathematics (GT-MA1)

Take 1 course (4 credits):

Social & Behavioral Sciences (GT-SS1)

Take 1 course (3 credits):

Oral/Presentational Communication

Take 1 course (3 credits):

Minimum Hours Required

Minimum Credit Hours Required (31)
Minimum Contact hours required (465)


State Guaranteed Transfer 

Generally Transferable

Not all programs/courses are available at every campus and may require travel to another campus or access via technology-enabled learning (videoconferencing, hybrid, or online).