Bookkeeper - Entry Level, Continuing Education Workforce 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

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. apply the knowledge and skills to function effectively as an entry level bookkeeper;

2. prepare to gain employment as a bookkeeper; and

3. assume responsibility for continued professional and personal development through continuing education.​

Program Credential

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce 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

CCBC currently offers Continuing Education (CE) financial aid to those who qualify. We package public and private funding options to benefit students which include COVID-19 relief funding, the Maryland Sequence Scholarship, CCBC Opportunity Grant funding, Maryland Promise, and Baltimore County College Promise. Financial aid funding is available for select CE courses and programs. 

Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development. 

For more information about funding resources and how to apply for them, please contact the CCBC Continuing Education Information Center at 443-840-4700.

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 www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program 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. A maximum of 41 hours may be earned from prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

 

Course Number

Course Title

Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

PCA 832 Excel for Bookkeepers 12

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

$179

T-$54/F-$125

ACC 353 or
ACC 006

Accounting/Bookkeeping I

 

16

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

$199

T-$60/F-$139

ACC 354 or
ACC 007 

Accounting/Bookkeeping II

12.5

Same as ACC 006

$179

T-$54/F-$125

PCA 836

QuickBooks For Bookkeepers

12

Text or ebook available through campus bookstore​ 
QuickBooks Online: Level 1, 2021 Edition​, Labyrinth Learning. $53

$199

T-$60/F-$139

Course Series Totals:

            52.5          

Up to $130

$756
 T-$228/F-$528
         

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 | mriley@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1840 | Hunt Valley 106

Administrative Assistant: Barb Baker |  bbaker4@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-5838  | Hunt Valley 104