Computerized Accounting Specialist Certificate

This program provides students who plan to enter the accounting field with knowledge of accounting principles and practices to record transactions for various types of businesses using a double-entry accounting system, as well as the latest commercial software, and the ability to analyze financial statements.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Prepare a set of basic financial statements.
  • Calculate and analyze common ratios and numerical relationships that are produced through the accounting cycle.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in processing the accounting cycle for a business using popular accounting software.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in communicating financial information in the subject area.
  • Present an oral presentation in the designated subject area.


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 Guide

Course ID Title Units
ACCT 1A Financial Accounting 4
ACCT 1B*  Managerial Accounting 4
ACCT 216*  Individual Income Tax 4
ACCT 221* Accounting Information Systems 3
CIMA 104+ Spreadsheets: Excel 3
CIMA 223B* Computerized Accounting QuickBooks-Adv. 1.5
Select from Restricted Electives   3
Total Required Units 22.5

Restricted Elective

Course ID Title Units
ACCT 120  Introduction to Financial Planning 3
ACCT 202A*  Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 217*  Partnership and Corporate Taxation 3
ACCT 275*  Auditing 3

*Course has a prerequisite, co-requisite, limitation, or recommended preparation;
see course description in catalog.
+Completion of the A and B versions of this course can also be used to fulfill this requirement.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: ACCT 202A, 202B, 203, 214, 215; BUS 102, 103, 104, 125; CIM 1, 112, CIMN 100, 100A, CIMA 104B*, 106; ECON 2, 4.