Accounting 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.

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.
  • 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 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.


Suggested coursework not required for the major: ACCT 214, 215; BUS 1, 102, 103, 104, 125; CIM 1, 112, 171, 174, 174A, 216, 218; ECON 2, 4.