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Be an auditor, bookkeeper, accountant, or tax preparer!

Choose to study general, bookkeeping or taxation accounting.

Coastline Community College offers a variety of classes in the field of accounting. These classes are offered both on-site and online, and include topics such as "Financial Accounting,""Managerial Accounting," "Individual Taxation," and "Accounting with Quickbooks." Although available courses vary each semester (check your current class schedule for course offerings), students find it quick and easy to complete a certificate in accounting in only a short amount of time.

What is an Accountant?

Accountants are certified financial experts who specialize in the measurement and interpretation of financial information. Their expertise helps managers, investors, tax authorities, individuals and others plan yearly budgets, make investment decisions, prepare tax documents, and so forth.

Accountants are crucial players in both large corporations and small businesses. Practitioners of accountancy are known as accountants. There are many professional bodies for accountants throughout the world, some of them are legally recognized in their jurisdictions. In the United States, qualified accountants are known as Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Certificates and Exams

The Accounting curriculum provides a rigorous program of beginning through advanced courses designed to meet the needs of the student transferring to a university, the career changer seeking the required courses to sit for the CPA exam, and the employee who endeavors to gain a new skill. Our Accounting Department maintains close ties with both local universities and local business firms to ensure that our program provides seamless pathways to advanced degrees, CPA candidate status, and immediate employable expertise.

Currently five different certificates are available in the field of accounting.

  • General Accounting
  • Bookkeeping Accounting
  • Taxation Accounting
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting

Job Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that accountants at all levels will enjoy the second highest percentage increase in employment opportunities of any field for the foreseeable future. Coastline is working tirelessly to create courses, certificates, and an academic environment to ensure that our students are prepared to take full advantage of this future.

The California Society of CPAs estimates average salary for those holding various accounting certifications as the following:

  • CPA certification only $70,833
  • CPA, CFA $86,000
  • CPA, CMA $84,100
  • CPA, EA $76,000
  • CPA, MBA $90,200
  • CPA, PFS $116,000
  • EA $67,713

Accounting Jobs and Salaries

Job Title Salary Range
Accountant I $41,475 to $50,472
Tax Accountant I $46,266 to $57,613
Cost Accountant I $44,702 to $55,798
Financial Reporting Acct. I $47,886 to $60,929
Source: figures reported based on zip code 92708

Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure

Use the link below to view Coastline Community Colleges Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits, and potential employment options of our certificate programs.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

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