Bookkeeper - Entry Level, Continuing Education Certificate

This Continuing Education Certificate prepares students in the field of bookkeeping. Bookkeepers compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. They perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining and checking the accuracy of accounting records, calculations and postings.

Program objectives

Program Objectives

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).   Please note that this is an entry-level certificate and should not be confused with the Certified Bookkeeper status offered by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Baltimore County College Promise
Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development

Length of Training

6-7 months; courses start in March and October at CCBC Essex and CCBC Randallstown​ for classroom based classes; June and January for online classes.

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED

Recommended: Students considering this option should have basic computer skills, some experience with Microsoft Excel, and have successfully completed a high-school level basic algebra class. 

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum. Maximum number of program hours that may be earned from prior learning: 41

Program Course Sequence


Course Number

Course Title


Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



PCA 832 Excel for Bookkeepers 15

Text or ebook; available through campus bookstore ​Microsoft Excel 2019 & 365: Level 1, Labrynth Learning, $36



ACC 353 or
ACC 006

Accounting /Bookkeeping I



Text or ebook available through campus bookstore Accounting Basics: An Introduction for Non-Accounting Majors, Labrynth Learning, $41 for print book or $28 ebook for online course



ACC 354 or
ACC 007 

Accounting /Bookkeeping II


Same as ACC 006



PCA 836

QuickBooks For Bookkeepers


Text or ebook available through campus bookstore​ 
QuickBooks Online: Level 1, Spring 2020 Edition​, Labrynth Learning. $53



Course Series Totals:


Up to $130


Additional Information

Skills for Success:

Self-Discipline; basic math skills; computer skills; detail-oriented


Career Opportunities:

Bookkeeping jobs can be found at a number of profit and non-profit organizations.

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Contact Information

Coordinator: Moire Riley | 443-840-1804 | | Essex | Hunt Valley 106

Administrative Assistant: | Sarah Moore | 443-840-1632  | | Essex | BESS 116