Certificate of Completion in Accounting

Prepare yourself for a future in the accounting field by acquiring new skills and knowledge through Rio’s accredited accounting certificate program. With over 40 start dates, you can start your education as soon as next week!

Certificate Stats

Certificate of Completion (26 credit hours)

Cost per credit hour: $250

Career Choices

With a Certificate of Completion in Accounting, you’ll be able to prepare financial statements, record business transactions, and track financial performance. Entry-level jobs in accounting include:

  • Accounting clerk
  • Auditor, accounts payable/receivable clerk
  • Claims clerk
  • Credit clerk
  • Full-charge bookkeeper
  • Accounting intern

Licensure/Certification Disclosure

This program does not qualify students to sit for a licensure exam as a certified public accountant in any state. To become a certified public accountant, many states require 150 credit hours (with specific coursework) or a master’s degree in addition to an exam.


The Certificate of Completion program is 27 credit hours. In order to earn your CCL, you have to get a grade of “C” or better in all courses.

  • What Will I Learn?

    What You’ll Learn In This Program:

    • Tax reporting for payroll, sales and personal property.
    • Microcomputer accounting system, including the general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll.
    • Fundamental principles and practices of accounting including interpretation of general purpose financial statements.
    • Basic rules of financial accounting.
    • Accumulation of information and generation of reports for internal and external users.
    • Uses of accounting information for internal and external purposes with emphasis on analysis for use by management.
    • Computer spreadsheets for solving business problems using Microsoft Excel.
    • Legal theories, ethical issues, and the regulatory climate affecting business policies and decisions.
  • Class Schedule

    Classes you’ll take

    The Certificate of Completion program is 27 credit hours. In order to earn your CCL, you have to get a grade of “C” or better in all courses.

    ACC111 (3): Accounting Principles I

    ACC112* (3): Accounting Principles I

    ACC212* (3): Managerial Accounting

    ACC105 (3): Payroll, Sales and Property Taxes

    ACC115* (3): Computerized Accounting

    C1S114DE (3): Excel Spreadsheet

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    GBS151 (3): Introduction to Business

    GBS205 (3): Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Business

    *Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.

  • Flexible Block Calendar Scheduling

    Rio offers flexible start dates and class times, so you can create a schedule that works for you. Plan out your degree and certificate classes by checking out our Block Calendar System.

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