Accountant Certificate Program

This program meets a substantial portion of the 24-unit Accounting course requirement to take the California CPA exam. It is intended primarily for students possessing a bachelor's degree or foreign university equivalent. In addition, completion of this certificate is helpful in securing entry-level accounting positions in business and industry. CPA EXAM AND LICENSURE: Please contact the California Board of Accountancy.


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Course ID Title Units
ACCT 1A  Financial Accounting 4
ACCT 1B*  Managerial Accounting 4
ACCT 203*  Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 202A*  Intermediate Accounting I  3
ACCT 202B*  Intermediate Accounting II  3
ACCT 216*  Individual Income Tax 4
ACCT 217*  Partnership and Corporate Taxation 3
ACCT 275*  Auditing 3
BUS 12  Business Law 3
BUS 14  Legal Environment of Business 3
Total Required Units 26-27

*Course has a prerequisite, co-requisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in catalog.


Associate Degree

Associate in Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

Associate in Arts Degree

Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate in Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: ACCT 189, 214, 289; BUS 1, 102, 103, 104, 125; CIM 1, 112, 171, 174, 174A, 216, 216C, 218, 229A; ECON 2, 4

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