Companies and organizations need a knowledgeable accounting staff to measure business activities and process financial information.
Whether you already have a bachelor’s degree or are new to the accounting field, you can gain the accounting expertise you need for an in-demand career with an Accounting Specialist Certificate from Tidewater Community College.
TCC’s accounting certificate program will prepare you for immediate employment in the accounting field. You’ll learn about tax preparation, bookkeeping and computerized accounting with the latest accounting software including Microsoft Excel, Peachtree and Quickbooks.
Instruction develops technical proficiency and hands-on skills for careers as paraprofessionals in accounting firms assisting certified public accountants as generalists who prepare taxes, perform audits, and prepare financial statements.
Certify your skills
Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more certification exams administered by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT).
Apply all of the credits you earn in this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Accounting.
Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.
Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.
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You will gain hands-on experience by working in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax-preparation assistance to individuals with low-to-moderate income levels. Bonus: You become an IRS-certified tax preparer
Classes are taught by faculty with real-life experience in the accounting field and graduate degrees
Cindy Bird can't help it. The TCC professor loves taxes.
Leticia Rivera holds an accounting degree from TCC and owns her own business
TCC offers free tax preparation assistance individuals in low to moderate income levels
TCC's Accounting Specialist Certificate consists of 3 semesters of part-time study with classes offered on all campuses.
Estimated Program Cost*:
34 credits x $181.10 per credit = $6,157.40 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.
Continue your studies by taking classes toward an Accounting Associate of Applied Science degree. You may also transfer your credits to a four-year program in accounting.