Certified Bookkeeping

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Certified Bookkeeping program helps to prepare students for a Certified Bookkeeper Examination. This program is designed to prepare students to work for CPA firms, tax preparation firms, corporate accounting departments, and small businesses or offer freelance bookkeeping services. The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Accounting and the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Accounting are also available.

This is a Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.


Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Certified Bookkeeping (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2023

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply the fundamental principles and practices of accounting.
  2. Identify the financial statements and other records that a business is required to maintain.
  3. Explain the importance of effective internal controls in an organization.
  4. Calculate the necessary month-end adjustments.
  5. Record adjusting journal entries.
  6. Correct common accounting errors.
  7. Prepare bank and account reconciliations.
  8. Calculate wages, withholdings, deductions, and related payroll taxes.
  9. Record payroll entries.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to prepare payroll reports.
  11. Calculate payroll liabilities including employer and employee.
  12. Explain the importance of timely payment of payroll tax obligations.
  13. Apply various inventory costing systems.
  14. Describe inventory valuation methods.
  15. Calculate depreciation using a variety of methods.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks


* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ACC111 Accounting Principles I Critical course Gateway course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ACC105 or
Payroll, Sales and Property Taxes or Payroll Accounting 3
ACC260 Certified Bookkeeper (CB) Preparation 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=179731).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.