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AccountingCertificates

Enroll in an accounting certificate program at Aims and develop skills to improve your personal or business finances or find work in accounting. The Accounting Certificate teaches key skills such as how to maintain records of financial transactions by establishing accounts, posting transactions, and ensuring legal requirements compliance. The Enrolled Agent Certificate prepares you to become a federally-authorized tax practitioner who is empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service.

Both certificates can be put to good use right away. An Accounting Certificate prepares you to work as a bookkeeper. The Enrolled Agent Certificate prepares you to pass the Special Enrollment Examination (SEE) required to become an enrolled agent. Enrolled Agent certification qualifies you to represent taxpayers, provide tax consultation services and prepare a wide range of federal and state returns.

Accounting Certificate

Develop key bookkeeping skills such as how to maintain records and establish accounts. Learn the basics of accounting and legal compliance that can be applied to any business.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

This course introduces accounting principles for understanding the theory and logic that underlie procedures and practices for business organizations. Major topics include the accounting cycle for service and merchandising companies, internal control principles and practices, notes and interest, inventory systems and costing, and plant and intangible asset accounting. Four credits.

4
required

This course continues the application of accounting principles to business organizations. Major topics include corporate equity and debt financing, investments, cash flow statements, financial analysis, budgeting, cost and managerial accounting.  Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

ACC 121 with a grade of "C" or better.

4
required

Introduces the capabilities of computer applications in accounting. Includes solving accounting problems of a financial nature and hardware and software controls. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ACC 101 or ACC 121 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Introduces laws pertaining to payroll and sales tax including record keeping rules; preparation of various federal, state and local forms for reporting payroll and sales taxes; and computerized payroll procedures. Three credits.

Course Corequisites
ACC 101 or ACC 121
3
required

Emphasizes public law, regulation of business, ethical considerations, and various relationships existing within society, government, and business. Specific attention is given to economic regulation, social regulation, labor-management issues, environmental issues, and contract fundamentals. This course analyzes the role of law in social, political, and economic change business environments. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces basic to advanced features of spreadsheet software to design and create accurate, professional worksheets for use in business and industry. The course includes entering data, creating formulas, professional formatting, creating charts, creating, sorting and filtering tables, creating and using templates, applying built-in functions, creating pivot tables, applying "what-if analysis" with data tables, creating macros, and using solver features. Three credits.

3
Row Groupings Accounting Elective-Select ONE from the following courses: Credits
required

Introduces touch control of the ten-key pad. Emphasizes the development of speed and accuracy using proper technique. One credit.

1
required

Introduces interpersonal relations most directly linked to attainment of organizational and individual goals in the business world. Other factors include motivation, career development, and conflict resolution. It explores the importance of effective communication in organizations. Addresses organizational issues such as employee motivation and customer complaints as related to product or service defects. Three credits.

3
Row Groupings MAT course: Credits
MAT course:

OR any higher level Math course

required

Covers the fundamentals of financial mathematics. Topics include pricing, taxes, insurance, interest, annuities, amortization, and investments. Three credits.

 (recommended)
3
Row Groupings Select ONE from the following Language Arts/English courses: Credits
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 094. Three credits.

3
required

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 093. Three credits.

 (recommended)
3
Total Credits for Certificate 27-30

Enrolled Agent Certificate

Prepare yourself to pass the Special Enrollment Examination to become a legal tax representative. This certification qualifies you to represent taxpayers and provide tax consultation services.

Row Groupings Program Requirements: Credits
required

This course introduces accounting principles for understanding the theory and logic that underlie procedures and practices for business organizations. Major topics include the accounting cycle for service and merchandising companies, internal control principles and practices, notes and interest, inventory systems and costing, and plant and intangible asset accounting. Four credits.

4
required

This course continues the application of accounting principles to business organizations. Major topics include corporate equity and debt financing, investments, cash flow statements, financial analysis, budgeting, cost and managerial accounting.  Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

ACC 121 with a grade of "C" or better.

4
required

Introduces the capabilities of computer applications in accounting. Includes solving accounting problems of a financial nature and hardware and software controls. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ACC 101 or ACC 121 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Examines the preparation of individual, federal, and state income tax returns within the guidelines and limitations set forth by the Tax Help Colorado program and IRS guidelines. Emphasis is placed on form preparation with the use of tax software. Two credits.

2
required

Utilizes income tax knowledge and training in the context of a community service setting. Volunteers prepare individual federal, and state income tax within the parameters of the Tax Help Colorado program and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines. One credit.

Course Prerequisites

ACC 132 with a grade of "C" or better

1
required

Introduces laws pertaining to payroll and sales tax including record keeping rules; preparation of various federal, state and local forms for reporting payroll and sales taxes; and computerized payroll procedures. Three credits.

Course Corequisites
ACC 101 or ACC 121
3
required

Introduces student to taxation of business entities and transactions.  Topics include taxation of property transactions, various tax issues that apply to different tax entities, tax administration and practice, and the taxation effects of formation, operation, and dissolution of corporations, partnerships, S corporations, trusts and estates. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ACC 132 and ACC 133 with grades of "C" or better

3
required

Reviews concepts learned in study of accounting, individual and business income tax, and ethical decision making as they relate to passing the IRS Enrolled Agent (EA) Exam. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

ACC 231 with a grade of "C" or better.

3
required

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 093. Three credits.

 (recommended)
3
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 094. Three credits.

3
required

Covers the fundamentals of financial mathematics. Topics include pricing, taxes, insurance, interest, annuities, amortization, and investments. Three credits.

 (recommended)
3
Total Credits for Certificate 29-30