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General Bookkeeping Certificate

Students who complete the General Bookkeeping 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 or accountant.


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 Associate Degree.

Program Outcomes

  1. Record business transactions and prepare financial statements for business organizations.
  2. Prepare tax returns for individuals and small businesses.
  3. Maintain payroll records and file necessary quarterly tax returns.
  4. Use accounting software for maintaining accounting records.


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