Accounting (Certificate)

Accounting Degree

The Accounting certificate program provides you with a strong foundation to enter the workforce. Whether you are looking for advancement in your career or the chance to learn a new skill set, this certificate program can provide you with an intensive immersion in the fundamentals of accounting, including financial and managerial accounting. Coursework uses many of the widely-used accounting software applications.

This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

This program is offered by the Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Marketing Department.

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Program Highlights

All credits earned in this certificate program may be applied to the Business - Accounting associate degree program. Appropriate credits also may be applied to other programs in the School of Business and in other schools of the college.

Online Program can be completed by attending online.

Evening Program can be completed by attending entirely in the evening.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in a variety of business settings for those earning an Accounting certificate. Those who successfully complete the certificate program can work in small business, accounting offices or in the public sector, to name a few possibilities. Career titles include: Audit Clerk, Bookkeeper, Office Clerk and Tax Preparer.

Recent employers include: Arts Center of the Capital Region; Bank of America; Guilmettes Accounting; New York Air National Guard; NYS Department of Disability – Finance Office; SUNY Press; and Trustco Bank.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Bookkeeping/Audit Clerk, $37,250; and Tax Preparer, $36,450

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge in the core areas of accounting and business.
  2. Apply the use of technology in an accounting and business environment.
  3. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  4. Exhibit an understanding of ethical issues in accounting and business situations.
  5. Apply critical thinking skills to quantitative solutions in accounting and business scenarios.

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Ricky P. Thibodeau
Department Chairperson
Brahan Hall, Room 220
(518) 629-7148

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309