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Accounting and Financial Services

 The Chaffey College accounting program is designed to do three things:

  •  Non-transfer Chaffey College students can prepare for an entry-level position by enrolling in the accounting certificate and/or the two-year accounting degree program.
  • Chaffey College can help if you are interested in upgrading your accounting skills or are preparing to enroll in upper division courses at a four-year college or university.
  • Non-accounting majors can enroll in basic accounting courses that transfer to four-year institutions and provide students with the training to make intelligent use of accounting information.

Chaffey College regularly updates its program in order to provide you with the most current accounting information. Current textbooks are used in all courses and popular commercial accounting software programs are used in accounting software classes.

At Chaffey College, basic accounting courses (Accounting 1A and Accounting 1B) transfer seamlessly to neighboring four-year universities. We monitor universities’ course content to ensure Chaffey College meets the needs of transfer students.

All instructors have completed academic studies in accounting and have accounting experience. At Chaffey College we believe instructors with the combination of academics and practical experience do a better job teaching.

Information on degree and certificate programs is available by emailing the business and applied technology office or the counseling department. 

Accounting AS (PDF)

Accounting Certificate (PDF)

Accounting: Bookkeeping Certificate (PDF)

Accounting Government and Not-For-Profit Organizations Certificate (PDF)

Accounting Paraprofessional Certificate (PDF)

Accounting: Financial Planning Certificate (PDF)

Accounting: Payroll and Income Tax Preparer Certificate (PDF)

Accounting Degrees and Certificates



Accounting associates in science degree

The accounting program has three functions:

  1. to prepare non-transfer accounting students for entry level positions by making the accounting certificate and/or the two-year degree in accounting available to them;
  2. prepare transfer accounting students with appropriate background for upper division courses; and
  3. to provide non-accounting majors with the necessary expertise that will enable them to make intelligent use of accounting information. 


 Accounting certificate

Same as accounting associate in science degree

A list of the courses required for a certificate is available on the Chaffey College website.

Accounting for government and not-for-profit organizations certificate

This program is designed for students interested in working in government or not-for-profit organizations. Once you complete this program successfully you will be proficient in fund and not-for-profit accounting and will be able to perform basic accounting functions.

Accounting paraprofessional certificate

(Computer software emphasis)

Students in this program develop the skills and concepts needed for entry-level positions in small businesses using computerized accounting systems.


Financial planning certificate

Students who successfully complete this program will acquire basic accounting skills and training in financial planning. Students who receive this certificate can assist individuals and companies with budgeting, taxes and financial planning. The program gives student a strong foundation if they wish to take the National Association of Securities Dealers series 6 and 7 examinations.

Payroll and Income Tax Preparer Certificate

This program is designed for students interested in the payroll and/or tax preparation fields with a minimum of course requirements. Students who complete the certificate program successfully will have the knowledge and analytical tools needed to use accounting data effectively. Those who complete the tax class will gain State of California recognition as a registered tax preparers.



Business Education Building
Phone: (909) 652-6830
Email: bat.staff@chaffey.edu


Accounting Faculty

Dave Karp
Coordinator Accounting, Accounting Financial Services, Business, Business and Office Technologies. BE-134
(909) 652-6846
Carol Dickerson, PhD, CPA
Accounting, Business Ethics
(909) 652-6849
Karin Nelson, MBA, CPA, CFE
Accounting, BE-132
(909) 652-6853


Gainful Employment

Information on program costs and employment options for those with accounting certificates is available on the Chaffey College website under the gainful employment disclosure for accounting page.