General Bookkeeping Certificate (BKP)
View the required classes for the Bookkeeping Certificate.
Persons completing the General Bookkeeper program possess the skills necessary to
perform general office functions under the direction of an accountant. Maintaining
records for accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll functions are generally
among the tasks performed. Bookkeepers maintain systematic and current records of
accounts and business transactions in journals and ledgers or in a computer. They
also prepare periodic financial statements. The duties of bookkeepers vary according
to the size of the business. In small businesses, general bookkeepers handle all
the bookkeeping. They analyze and record all financial transactions. In a larger
business, several bookkeepers may work under the direction of a head bookkeeper
Bookkeepers need to be good at working with numbers and concentrating on details.
Since small mistakes can be very serious, bookkeepers need to be careful, accurate
and orderly in their work. Because they often work with others, bookkeepers need
to work well with other people and be cooperative.
A certificate is awarded after successful completion of the General Bookkeeping
Program. The graduate may choose to continue and earn an Associate Degree by pursuing
the Accounting program. Credits earned in this program may be applied toward the
- Record business transactions and prepare financial statements for business organizations.
- Prepare tax returns for individuals and small businesses.
- Maintain payroll records and file necessary quarterly tax returns.
- Use accounting software for maintaining accounting records.