Explore Accounting Undergraduate Certificate
Designed for those interested in beginning the study of accounting and obtaining entry-level accounting positions, Champlain's online accounting certificate provides a comprehensive introduction to the field.
Build Your Career Future
We understand how important it is for busy working adults to gain knowledge and expertise quickly, which is why our accounting certificate coursework is applicable to the workplace from day one. Whether you've already earned an undergraduate degree or you're currently pursuing your bachelor's degree, an accounting certificate is a great way to earn a credential in the field, get your resume noticed, and demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of knowledge.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
Named among the top MBA programs by Abound/Colleges of Distinction
Gain New Skills with a Certificate
Accounting careers are expected to see steady growth between 2018 and 2028, with globalization and a growing economy resulting in a high demand for qualified accounting professionals.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019
Top Reasons to Pursue a Certificate
- Enter a new field
- Build new skills
- Gain knowledge on your way towards a degree
- Differentiate your resume
- Earn a credential
- Demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of learning
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online accounting certificate, designed for working professionals.
Accounting Online Courses
Champlain's online accounting courses encompass the top skills needed by today's accounting professionals.
Accounting is the language of business. This course introduces the student to accounting from the point of view of the user of financial reports and is appropriate for personal as well as business applications. Students explore the impact of transactions on the financial position and profitability of a business, and analyze financial reports of real-world corporations.
Managerial accounting focuses on the needs of management for accounting information to make informed decisions in the internal operations of a company. Topics include decision-making, accounting for planning and control, cost-volume-profit relationships, and budgeting.
The course continues the study of the topics introduced in Financial Accounting but shifts the point of view to that of the provider of accounting information. It presents an in-depth and critical study of generally accepted accounting concepts and principles. Topics include a review of the accounting cycle, the conceptual framework of accounting, the income statement and statement of cash flows. Students examine in detail the balance sheet items of cash, receivables, inventories, and debt financing.
The study of generally accepted accounting concepts and principles continues. Topics include equity financing; property, plant and equipment; intangible assets; investments in debt and equity securities; employee compensation; special revenue recognition methods, lease accounting, statement of cash flow, and financial statement analysis.
Students learn the basic skills of tax planning and tax research for individuals. Topics covered include tax determination and payments, gross income inclusions and exclusions, and itemized deductions. Many actual federal tax forms for individuals are studied. In addition to their textbooks, students use the computerized federal tax code and the Internal Revenue Service web site.
In the culminating course for the certificates, students will reframe knowledge and competencies from their certificate into a workable model that is applied through experiential learning models to a professional opportunity. Students will apply these competencies as professional best practice in a project that incorporates relevant research findings from the field.
Completion of certificate content requirements
Graduates of the online accounting certificate program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
Interpret financial information presented for the public in a corporation's annual reports.
Explain how to use financial information to make effective management decisions.
Explore federal income tax forms and laws related to filing individual returns for the most recent tax year.
Able to provide bookkeeping services for small businesses.
If you choose to pursue a CPA designation, the accounting certificate will help prepare you for the accounting portions of that exam.
Champlain College Online's accounting faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Linda Miller, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our accounting certificate curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s accounting professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the world of accounting, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online undergraduate certificate in accounting program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and non-profits nationwide, including:
- Community Bank
- Dartmouth College
- Data Innovations, LLC
- GE Healthcare
- Internal Revenue Service
- Keurig Dr. Pepper
- National Life Group
- U.S. Treasury
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Accounting Manager
- Accounting Support Analyst
- Accounts Receivable Specialist
- Commercial Finance & Ops Manager
- New Business Case Manager
- Payroll and Accounting Clerk
- Program Assistant
- Senior Manager of Accounting
- Tax Fraud Investigative Assistance
Tuition & Costs
Continuing your education is an investment in your future. Learn more about our affordable tuition rates.
"I had a two-year degree and knew I would need a bachelor's to advance. I saw that the U.S. Department of Labor projected a high demand for employees in accounting, and Champlain is ranked one of the top schools for accounting, so it was the right fit."
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