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Business Specialist Certificate CCCP-5510

Designed for busy adults, the Business Specialist Certificate Program equips you with the technical skills essential for finance and bookkeeping roles. Dive into popular accounting software, conquer spreadsheets and databases, and develop a profound understanding of finance industry applications. Whether you're a home-based business owner, aspiring to advance in your current job, or exploring a new career, our program equips you with the in-demand computer skills necessary for success. Classes include Skills for the Workplace, Keyboarding, Word Level 1, Excel Level 1 and 2, Accounting Basics, and Project Management. Enroll today and open the door to a world of financial possibilities. 

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Upcoming Offerings:

No upcoming dates at this time. Stay tuned for upcoming offerings, this program is typically offered during our Spring term.

Tuition Assistance:
Yes. Full tuition assistance is available to support your career goals. Fill out our referral form at
*Some eligibility restrictions may apply.

Industry Credentials Earned:
None. This program does not award any nationally recognized certification upon completion.

Source: Career Coach 2018, Kirkwood Community College region.
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Average hourly earnings: $18.42
Starting hourly earnings: $10.24
Projected job openings (2018 – 2023): 1,665

Brokerage Clerks
Average hourly earnings: $20.61
Starting hourly earnings: $13.68
Projected job openings (2018 – 2023): 19

Tax Preparers
Average hourly earnings: $23.28
Starting hourly earnings: $10.93
Projected job openings (2018 – 2023): 57

Entrance Requirements/Prerequisites:

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Length of Program and CEU Credits:
72 hours, 86.4 CEUs

Program Completion Requirements:
This is a pass/fail certificate. Students are assessed via the concepts learned in class with a test possibly consisting of fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and/or simulation questions. Students must have a score of at least 70 percent for the accounting test and a cumulative score of at least 70 percent for the computer test in order to pass. Students must have 100 percent attendance to receive CEUs.

Course Objectives:

  • Navigate the Windows Operating System, including managing windows and folders, sorting and filing files, running programs, managing security settings, and utilizing Window’s multimedia features.
  • Multitask effectively using the task bar; minimize, maximize, resize, and move program windows; cut, copy, and paste text and pictures; and use various file storage devices.
  • Navigate a Word document; enter and edit text; use numbered and bulleted lists; create envelopes; work with tables, borders, shading, styles, shapes, WordArt, and SmartArt; set custom tabs; insert headers and footers; track changes; and save your work in different file formats.
  • Using Excel, enter and edit data, format cells, work with numbers and dates, use AutoFill, and perform worksheet calculations. Rearrange data on a worksheet, manage multiple worksheets, and use functions in formulas. Create charts to compare data and utilize special features to make organizing large amounts of data easier.
  • Understand basic accounting concepts, including debits, credits, double entry bookkeeping, income statements, and balance sheets.
  • Discover payroll accounting accruals, accounting for sales, cash receipts, purchases, special journals, voucher systems, and book reconciliations.
  • Acquire skills to conclude projects efficiently, ensuring all tasks are completed, objectives are met, and project documentation is finalized, resulting in successful project closure.
  • Understand workplace project management practices, adapt and excel in various professional settings, effectively navigate project plans, monitor progress, and addressing deviations to maintain project momentum.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program, students should be able to understand accounting concepts and execute basic accounting functions, navigate the Windows Operating System, perform basic office tasks in Microsoft Word and Excel, and have a working knowledge of project management skills. 

Other Items to Know About this Course:
All classroom materials are included in the tuition fee and will be provided in class

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