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(2012 - 2013 Catalog)Accounting

Courses are offered in all phases of accounting, from basic accounting principles and theories to tax preparation and stock market analysis. The curriculum emphasizes the use of the microcomputer in a variety of accounting applications. Accounting courses may be taken to satisfy the requirements for the Accounting Certificate, an Associate in Science degree or may be applied for transfer credit to a four-year college.

The Accounting Certificate program is designed for persons interested in pursuing careers as junior accountants in business, government, and industry. There is an acute shortage of persons with the training needed to be successful in accounting. The demand for individuals skilled in accounting and computer-related fields is expected to increase as managers rely more on accounting information to make business decisions.

 Accounting Certificates Course Guide

 Accounting Certificates Program Guide


COURSE GUIDE

Accounting (ACCT) Certificates

  • Accounting
  • Computerized Accounting*
  • Financial Accounting*
  • Financial/Managerial Accounting*
  • Income Tax*
  • Payroll*
 

Accounting Certificate of Achievement

This certificate focuses on the fundamental and intermediate principles and practices of accounting. Training received at IVC is intended to prepare students to make critical decisions based on data contained in various financial reports and statements.
 
Complete the following courses: Units
ACCT 1A ​Financial Accounting ​4
ACCT 1B ​Managerial Accounting ​4
Complete a minimum of four courses from the following:
ACCT 204 ​Accounting Applications: QuickBooks ​3.5
ACCT 112.1 ​Spreadsheets I ​1.5
CS 1 ​Intro to Computer Information Systems ​3
MGT 1 ​Introduction to Business ​3
MGT 12A ​The Legal Environment of Business ​3
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED: 18.5 - 20.5
 

Computerized Accounting Certificate of Proficiency *

 
This certificate of proficiency is intended to help prepare students to qualify for entry-level positions in the accounting department of a business using QuickBooks accounting software and spreadsheet software.

 

Complete the following courses:

Units
ACCT 204 ​Accounting Applications: QuickBooks ​3.5
ACCT 112.1 ​Spreadsheets I ​1.5
ACCT 112.2 ​Spreadsheets II ​1.5
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED: 6.5
  

Financial Accounting Certificate of Proficiency*

 
This certificate of proficiency is intended to help prepare students to qualify for entry-level positions such as accounts payable accountant, accounts receivable accountant, or bookkeeper.
 
Complete the following courses: Units
ACCT 1A Financial Accounting
4  
ACCT 112.1 Spreadsheets I
1.5
ACCT 112.2 Spreadsheets II
1.5
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED:  
7
 

Financial/Managerial Accounting Certificate of Proficiency *

 
This certificate of proficiency is intended to help prepare students to qualify for entry-level positions that require knowledge of both accounting and management analysis such as entry-level accounting or analyst positions or bookkeeper for manufacturing and other companies.
 
Complete the following courses: Units
ACCT 1A Financial Accounting
4
ACCT 1B Managerial Accounting
4
ACCT 112.1 Spreadsheets I
1.5
ACCT 112.2 Spreadsheets II
1.5
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED:  
11
 

Income Tax Certificate of Proficiency*

 
This certificate of proficiency is intended to help prepare students to prepare for a position as an income tax return preparer with knowledge of both state and federal individual and business taxation using professional-level tax return preparation software. 
 
Complete the following courses: Units
ACCT 206 Individual Income Taxation - Federal and State
3
ACCT 207 Business Income Taxation - Federal and State
3
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED:  
 

Payroll Certificate of Proficiency*

 
This certificate of proficiency is intended to help prepare students to qualify for entry-level positions that require knowledge of a payroll cycle, related accounting tasks, and spreadsheet analysis of payroll data for accounting and management use.  Such positions might be found in the payroll department of companies of all sizes.
Complete the following courses: Units
ACCT 1A Financial Accounting
4
ACCT 205 ​Payroll Accounting and Taxation ​3
ACCT 112.1 ​Spreadsheets I ​1.5
ACCT 112.2 Spreadsheets II
1.5
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED:  
10  
 

*Locally-approved Certificates of Proficiency are low-unit certificates awarded by Irvine Valley College; they do not appear on a transcript.  Programs are subject to change.  Please check with a counselor.
See www.ivc.edu/CareerEd or call 949/451-5224 for additional program information and updates.


 PROGRAM GUIDE

 Accounting (ACCT) Certificates

  • Accounting - 18.5-20.5 units
  • Computerized Accounting - 6.5 units*
  • Financial Accounting - 7 units*
  • Financial/Managerial Accounting - 11 units*
  • Income Tax - 6 units*
  • Payroll -10 units*
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Description

Students majoring in accounting at Irvine Valley College focus on the fundamental and intermediate principles and practices of accounting. The training they receive is intended to prepare them to make critical decisions based on data contained in various financial reports and statements. It also prepares them for entry-level accounting positions in the public and private sector in such areas as banking, retail and wholesale trades, and government.

Courses are offered in all phases of accounting. The curriculum emphasizes the use of the computer in a variety of accounting applications. Courses offered through the department may be taken to satisfy the major requirements for the Associate in Science degree or Certificate of Achievement in accounting, or certificates of proficiency in various accounting areas. Courses may also be applied for transfer credit toward an upper-division degree at a four-year college or university. 

Prerequisites/Preparation

It is recommended but not required that students have a background in creating Excel spreadsheets prior to taking Acct 1A (Financial Accounting), as the class is taught using Excel. It is also helpful in the field of accounting to be proficient in the 10-key adding machine by touch.

Course Substitutions

Students may substitute similar courses for those required for the certificate by filing a special petition with a counselor to be approved by the department.

Preparation for Career Related Exams/Certification

Accountemps, the largest temporary staffing specialist in the accounting and finance industries in the world, gives potential employees testing to determine appropriate job placement. Accounting courses at IVC help students prepare for this testing.
 

Associate of Science Degree

 A student may earn an A.S. degree in Accounting from IVC if, in addition to certificate requirements, he/she also meets general education requirements posted in the IVC catalog, class schedule, or www.ivc.edu. See a counselor for more information.
 

Four Year Institutions Offering Degrees/Programs in This Field*

  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting  Concentration
  • California State University, Fullerton - Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Accounting Concentration
  • California State University, Long Beach - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Option in Accountancy
  • Chapman University - Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • University of California, Irvine - Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and, if accepted, a student may minor in Accounting
  • University of Southern California - Bachelor of Science in Accounting or, if a non-business major, a student may minor in Accounting

*See counselor or transfer center for specific transfer requirements

Scholarships/Financial Aid

The Orange County/Long Beach chapter of the California Society of CPAs offers a $1,500 scholarship annually through the Community College Scholarship Program for accounting students intending to transfer to a university majoring in accounting or business. Go to www.calcpa.org/oclb for details. Students may contact the IVC Financial Aid office for more information and additional opportunities.  Also, see attached Scholarships page.

Work Experience/Internships

Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) classes in Management (CWE 168: Management) may be taken in addition to requirements for the certificate program.  CWE allows students to gain on-the-job experience while earning college credit.  A student may earn one unit of credit for every 75 hours of paid or 60 hours of volunteer employment.  Students are responsible for securing employment for CWE.  In addition, students may inquire about job openings in accounting through our Job Placement Office.


Career Options

The following entry-level jobs are possible careers for those with an accounting certificate:
  • Accounts receivable clerk
  • Accounts payable clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting clerk
  • Auditing clerk
  • Payroll clerk
  • Tax Preparer
 

Job Description

In small establishments, Bookkeeping Clerks often are responsible for some or all of an organization's accounts, known as the general ledger. They record all transactions and post debits (costs) and credits (income). They also produce financial statements and other reports for supervisors and manager. Bookkeepers prepare bank deposits by compiling data from cashiers, verifying receipts, and sending cash, checks, or other forms of payment to the bank. In addition, they may handle payroll, make purchases, prepare invoices, and keep track of overdue accounts.
 
 
In large offices and accounting departments, Accounting Clerks typically work for larger companies and have more specialized tasks. Their titles, such as accounts payable clerk or accounts receivable clerk, often reflect the type of accounting they do. Often, their responsibilities vary by level of experience. Entry-level accounting clerks may enter (post) details of transactions (including date, type, and amount), add up accounts, and determine interest charges. They also may monitor loans and accounts to ensure that payments are up to date. More advanced accounting clerks may add up and balance billing vouchers, ensure that account data is complete and accurate, and code documents according to an organization’s procedures.
 
Auditing Clerks check figures, postings, and documents to ensure that they are mathematically accurate and properly coded. They also correct or note errors for accountants or other workers to fix.
 
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks, compile and post employee time and payroll data. They verify and record attendance; hours worked, and pay adjustments. They ensure that employees are paid on time and that their paychecks are accurate.
 

Employment Opportunities

Accountants and auditors who have earned professional recognition, especially as a Certified Public Accountants (CPA), should have the best prospects. Job applicants who have a master's degree in accounting or a master's degree in business with a concentration in accounting also may have an advantage. However, competition should be strong for jobs with the most prestigious accounting and business firms. Although payroll, bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks can be found in all industries and levels of government, a growing number work for personnel supply firms, the result of an increase in outsourcing of this occupation.  Accountemps is an example of one of these firms.  Visit www.accountemps.com for more information.

  

Occupational Outlook for Orange County, CA

Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. There has been an increased focus on accounting in response to corporate scandals and recent financial crises. Stricter laws and regulations, particularly in the financial sector, will likely increase the demand for accounting services as organizations seek to comply with new standards. Additionally, tighter lending standards are expected to increase the importance of audits, as this is a key way for organizations to demonstrate their creditworthiness. The continued globalization of business should lead to more demand for accounting expertise and services related to international trade and international mergers and acquisitions.

(Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics www.bls.gov/ooh).

 

Salary Range/Median for Orange County, CA

​ ​
Occupation
Hourly Annually
Bookkeeper, Accounting & Auditing clerks $20.32 $42.271
Payroll Clerks and Timekeeping Clerks $21.59 $44,894
 

(Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2012: http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/Content.asp?pageid=152)

Salary calculator:  www.accountemps.com/SalaryCenter?rhisg_action=startover 

 

Job Related Skills Emphasized in Coursework

Writing, communication, organizational, critical thinking, and time management skills, as well as group activities, give students basic skills needed in the work world. Topics such as computer applications for accounting, professional level tax software, Excel, and business management are also included.
 

Personal Traits Desired for This Field

  • Adaptable
  • Cooperative
  • Critical thinker
  • Able to work independently
  • Perform
 

Professional Organizations/Websites/Publications in Field

Offers a student membership with an e-newsletter and local chapter meetings/ seminars with
networking and volunteer opportunities

 

Clubs on Campus

Accounting Society
Professor Don Bradshaw, Faculty Advisor
School of Business Sciences
949.451.5532
http://www.ivc.edu/student/clubs/accountingsociety/Pages/default.aspx

IVC Business Leaders Society (affiliated with the national fraternity Delta Epsilon Chi)
Professor Daniel Scott, Faculty Advisor
School of Business Sciences
949.451.5545
dscott@ivc.edu
http://www.ivc.edu/studentclubs/businessleaders/Pages/default.aspx

 

IVC Contacts

Accounting Program Questions:

Professor Bob Urell​, Academic Chair
School of Business Sciences
949/451-5280
burell@ivc.edu

Professor Don Bradshaw, Accounting Program Advisor
School of Business Sciences
949/451-5532
dbradshaw@ivc.edu

CIM - Spreadsheet Program Questions:

Professor Dixie Massaro
Computer Learning Center
949/451-5278
dmassaro@ivc.edu 

For more information:

Anna Minniece, Student Services Specialist
Career Technical Education & Workforce Development
949/282-2725
aminniece@ivc.edu
 
Kate Alder, CTE Grant Projects Director & IVC Contact for WIB/One-Stop Centers
Career Technical Education & Workforce Development
949/451-5603
kalder@ivc.edu
 

This IVC Technical Education Program Guide was made possible by funds from the Carl D. Perkins Career Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006, awarded to Irvine Valley College by the Chancellor's Office, California Community Colleges.

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