Professional Accounting - Track 2

Career Certificate
Cost
$7,834*

Strengthen your accounting credentials

Become a certified public accountant (CPA) and get promoted. With a bachelor’s degree (in any area), you can earn a certificate in Professional Accounting within 2 years and qualify to take the CPA exam. Most students who complete this certificate at CLC pass the CPA exam on their first sitting—at nearly an 80% higher pass rate than the national average!

What can you do with a Professional Accounting Certificate?

Complete this certificate to advance your career in accounting. Many students take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination after graduation to become licensed CPAs.

After becoming a licensed CPA, you can begin a career in any of the following roles:

  • auditor
  • controller
  • financial analyst
  • staff accountant
  • tax accountant

Becoming a CPA: The exam and what else you need to know

After completing the certificate, you’re eligible to take the uniform CPA exam. This exam protects the public by ensuring that only qualified individuals become CPAs. There are four parts to the exam:

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Auditing and Attestation
  • Taxation and Regulation
  • Choice of one of the following exams:
    • Business Analysis and Reporting
    • Information Systems and Controls
    • Tax Compliance and Planning

Before you embark on a career as a CPA, you also need to pass an ethics exam and work under the mentorship of a CPA for one year. Learn more about the CPA exam and requirements in Illinois.

Highlights

  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Program Length: 1.5 Years

    Full-time students can complete in 1.5 years.

Career Outlook

Need help?

A College & Career Navigator (CCN) is ready to answer your questions and assist with your application, academic program selection, class enrollment and connecting you with resources as needed, making your journey at CLC smoother.

Talk to a College & Career Navigator

Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

Icon Key

  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    ACC 121 4
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ACC 121
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    ACC 122 4
    ACC 212 3
    ACC 221 4
    BUS 221 3
    • Course Code ACC 122
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ACC 212
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ACC 221
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code BUS 221
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    ACC 213 3
    ACC 214 3
    ACC 222 4
    ACC 252 1
    BUS 132 3
    • Course Code ACC 213
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ACC 214
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ACC 222
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ACC 252
      Course Title
      Credits 1
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code BUS 132
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    ACC 251 1
    ACC 271 3
    BUS 237 3
    • Course Code ACC 251
      Course Title
      Credits 1
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ACC 271
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code BUS 237
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours

41


Female student taking notes in class

Accounting at CLC: Get the bigger picture

A certificate is just one possible way to study accounting. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

View the Accounting Program Overview

Frequently asked questions

*Cost includes tuition and other fees, including books and materials before financial aid is applied, such as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

Take the next step...

Be debt-free at CLC

CLC has some of the lowest tuition around. Financial aid and scholarships are available—even for working adults.

Explore careers

Discover majors and career paths to complement and extend your intuitive interests and abilities.

Request info

Your education is a big investment of your time, money and attention. Gather all the info you need.

Get started

Start your application today—it’s free and easy to complete. When you’re ready, we’re ready to help you take the next step.

1/4