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College of Marin Career Education | Business Program | Accounting

Career Options

  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Accounts Payable Clerk

Career Profile

Companies big and small need a dedicated accounting department to track its assets and liabilities, create financial statements, and record transactions.

As the business world increasingly relies on computers, accounting clerks not only need traditional accounting skills, but savvy computer skills as well.

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Bookkeepers and accounting assistant professionals often:

  • Record numerical data to keep financial records complete.
  • Perform routine maintenance of accounting records, financial statements, and financial reports.
  • Check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings.
  • Implement processes following organizational procedures and legal regulations.
  • Communicate effectively in a professional accounting workplace environment.

Accounting clerks are employed in various organizations, including:

  • Firms that provide accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services
  • Companies with a finance or accounting department
  • Federal, state, and local governments
  • Schools

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were about 1.9 million accounting clerk in 2010 and about 25% only worked part-time.

With many accounting professionals retiring, it is no surprise that this career has strong growth potential in the coming years.

Plan your Education

View the classes you need to take to complete your certificate in Accounting at College of Marin.

Available Certificates and Degrees

Certificate of Achievement, Applied Accounting – 24 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 2 semesters.
  • Estimated Cost: $1,212 in tuition and fees plus $1,200 in books and supplies.

Why College of Marin?

  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents.
    • Starting here is a terrific and inexpensive way to start your career.
    • Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.
  • Small Class Size: Most business classes have 20-30 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.
  • Convenient: COM has two campuses (Kentfield and Novato) and class meeting times and locations are convenient to the working student’s schedule. Evening, weekend, and online classes available for a wide range of scheduling needs.


Questions? Contact Counseling:

  • (415) 485-9432
  • (415) 485-9430

Business – Accounting Dept.

(415) 457-8811 x7610

Full-Time Business Faculty

  • Christine Li (415) 457-8811 x7579
  • Norm Pacula (415) 457-8811 x7407
  • Nancy Willet (415) 457-8811 x7497

Gainful Employment
For more information about College of Marin graduation and completion rates, the median debt of students who have completed our programs, and other important gainful employment information, please visit

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to earn the certificate?
You can take all the classes in 2 semesters (longer if you need to more time).
Are there any pre-requisites?
No, there are no requirements or prerequisites.
How do I get started?

To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)