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.
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.
- 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
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Career Highlights and Opportunities
- 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
What do I receive when I finish and how long does it take?
Students who complete the Bookkeeping program receive a certificate of completion. The program can be completed in as little as 4 months.
How much does it cost?
The Bookkeeping courses are tuition-free. However, students are responsible for covering the cost of textbooks, software, course supplies, and a parking pass.