Begin Your New Career in Bookkeeping!

This program is designed to prepare students for a career as an entry-level bookkeeper or provide the necessary knowledge of basic bookkeeping functions for business owners or entrepreneurs. 

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Bookkeepers maintain their employers’ financial records by using accounting software and other tools. As they play such a significant role in determining their companies’ success, employers want only the most highly trained and ethical bookkeepers.

What You’ll Learn

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Bookkeepers work with financial transactions and records, such as expenditures, receipts, accounts payable/receivable, and profit and loss records.  They represent a wide range of skills and knowledge, from maintaining an entire company’s books to handling a specific account. 

Career Highlights and Opportunities

  • English language – reading, writing, and speaking skills usually at or above an ESL (English as a Second Language) level of intermediate low.  
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Bookkeeper 
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Auditing Clerk
  • Keep complete, up-to-date, and accurate records of accounts and financial arrangements. 
  • Balance the books and compile reports and financial statements. 
  • Operate computers programmed with accounting software to record, store, and analyze information. 
  • Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations. 
  • Check figures and documents for correct entry, mathematical accuracy, and proper codes. 
  • Receive, record, and bank cash, checks, and vouchers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I receive when I finish and how long does it take?

    Students who complete the Bookkeeping program receive a certificate of completion. The program can be completed in as little as 4 months.

  • How much does it cost?

    The Bookkeeping courses are tuition-free.

    However, students are responsible for covering the cost of textbooks, software, course supplies, and a parking pass.

  • What are the jobs and how much do they pay in California?

    Career opportunities include bookkeeper, accounting clerk, and auditing clerk.    

    • Number of jobs in 2020: 19,316  
    • Entry-level pay in 2020: $30,545/annually, $14.69/hour  
    • Median pay in 2020: $49,033/annually, $23.57/hour  

    Note: Salary and employment outlook is for Orange County, CA, and will vary depending on skill, experience, employer, and geographic location.