All businesses, big and small, are in need of bookkeeping and accounting services. If you are a “numbers person” who is organized and detail-oriented, this a profession full of opportunity and potential career growth. Since, good communication skills and client service are also an important ingredient to a successful career, those aspects are also included in this one-year program.
Students begin by completing their Office Core Competency courses prior to entering into the Bookkeeping curriculum. Successful students then transition to an internship at a local business and/or the advanced Accounting curriculum.
Phase 1: Office core competency students learn:
- Operating modern office equipment
- Keyboarding accuracy and speed
- Office safety practices
- Employment readiness
- Customer service and modern office procedures
- Telephone etiquette/ message taking
- Microsoft Office Suite
- Basic record keeping, indexing, and filing
- Business math/ machine calculators
- Business event planning
Phase II: Bookkeeping & Accounting students learn:
- QuickBooks Pro for Accounting
- Financial Records Management
- Advanced Computer Skills and Applications
- Business math (advanced)
- The Accounting Cycle (journal entries, posting to general ledger, trial balance, financial statements, etc)
- Occupational Record Keeping for sales associates, stock clerks, purchase order clerks, A/R & A/P clerks, payroll clerks
Professional certification opportunities
ROC certifications offered to students completing the Bookkeeping/Accounting program include:
- Advanced Bookkeeper
- Account Clerk I (Sole Proprietorship)
- Account Clerk II (Partnership)
- Computer Account Clerk (QuickBooks User)
- Typing Certificate (NWPM) - authorized issuing agent for County of Kern
- 10-Key Certification (CSPM) - authorized issuing agent for County of Kern
Bookkeeping & Accounting students should have average or better math and English skills and solid attendance. The program dress code is Business Casual/Business Professional and/or Specified Uniform. For students assigned to internships at medical offices, proof of a current negative TB Skin Test and current Immunization record are also required.
high school credit available
Students earn 15 elective units each semester toward their high school graduation.
College prep course. Meets area “G” approval for UC admission.
Bakersfield college credit available
Bookkeeping & Accounting is articulated with Bakersfield College courses in:
- BSAD B252a – Computer Keyboarding, Part 1
- BSAD B252b – Computer Keyboarding, Part 2
- BSAD B252c – Computer Keyboarding, Part 3
- BSAD B264 – Ten-Key Proficiency
- BSAD B53A – Accounting
- BSAD B88 – Office Procedures
- COMP B5 – Introduction to Microsoft Office
- BSAD B287 – Filing
- BSAD B253a – Document Processing, Part 1
- BSAD B253b – Document Processing, Part 2
- BSAD B253c – Document Processing, Part 3
Students meeting BC’s established criteria can earn up to 17 units of BC credit in addition to the above high school credit.
Students meeting the established criteria at a four year college or university can earn 3 units when they pass the NOCTI assessment at 70% or higher.
career pathways and related occupations
This is a career awareness class which instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Bookkeeping and Accounting students often pursue careers in the following:
- Staff Accountant
- Account Clerk I / Account Clerk II
- Computer Account Clerk
- Accounts Payable / Accounts Receivable Clerk
- Payroll Clerk
- Budget Analyst