Begin Your New Career in Bookkeeping!

This program is designed to prepare students for a career as an entry-level bookkeeper or provide the necessary knowledge of basic bookkeeping functions for business owners or entrepreneurs. 

A photo of a NOCE student working on the computer.

Bookkeepers work with financial transactions and records, such as expenditures, receipts, accounts payable/receivable, and profit and loss records.  They represent a wide range of skills and knowledge, from maintaining an entire company’s books to handing a specific account. 

Program Information

  • Program Eligibility
    • Students must be 18 years or older.
    • Complete an NOCE Admissions Application.
    • Complete an online general orientation at least 24 hours before registering.   
    • Recommended – Have basic English reading, writing, and speaking skills, and/or be at an ESL intermediate low level.
    • Recommended – Have basic computer skills.
  • Skills You’ll Need to be Successful
    • English language – reading, writing, and speaking skills usually at or above an ESL (English as a Second Language) level of intermediate low.  
    • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
    • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
    • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Skills You’ll Learn
    • Analyze and record financial transactions.
    • Accounting principles and reporting standards.
    • Compute standard payroll withholdings.
    • Prepare business invoices, sales receipts, and purchase orders.
  • Program Guide and Resources

Get Started!

NOCE’s programs can put you on the path for exciting new career opportunities and more earning potential.  Get started today!

Career Highlights and Opportunities

  • Careers
    • Bookkeeper 
    • Accounting Clerk
    • Auditing Clerk
  • Typical Job Duties
    • Keep complete, up-to-date, and accurate records of accounts and financial arrangements. 
    • Balance the books and compile reports and financial statements. 
    • Operate computers programmed with accounting software to record, store, and analyze information. 
    • Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations. 
    • Check figures and documents for correct entry, mathematical accuracy, and proper codes. 
    • Receive, record, and bank cash, checks, and vouchers.
  • Job Outlook and Salary Information

    Career opportunities include bookkeeper, accounting clerk, and auditing clerk.    

    • Number of jobs in 2020: 19,316  
    • Entry-level pay in 2020: $30,545/annually, $14.69/hour  
    • Median pay in 2020: $49,033/annually, $23.57/hour  

    Note: Salary and employment outlook is for Orange County, CA, and will vary depending on skill, experience, employer, and geographic location.

  • Industry Certification and Resources

    After completing the program students are qualified to work as a bookkeeper and are eligible to take the national certification exam after working full-time for a total for in a least two years or for a comparable number of part-time hours. 

Frequently Asked Questions