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2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Accounting: Bookkeeper Basics Certificate

The Bookkeeper Basics 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 areas of Payroll and Sales Tax accounting.  

This certificate curriculum includes the courses in the Bookkeeper Certificate , the Professional Bookkeeper Certificate , 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 Basics.

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.  

The Bookkeeper Basics Certificate is offered to all Colorado Mountain College students. Not all courses are not offered in a live mode at all campuses. This program is fully available through online learning and can be completed in one academic year. The courses below fulfill the requirements of the Bookkeeper Basics certificate. See an advisor to develop a personalized schedule.

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General Education Requirement

(4 Credits)

Minimum Hours Required

Minimum Credit Hours Required (16)
Minimum Contact hours Required (240)


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).