Accounting Essentials Certificate

Program Outline

Here's how it works
Your program consists of courses designed to take you step-by-step through the knowledge and skills you'll employ in your new career as an Accountant. Your first course will be sent to you as soon as your enrollment has been accepted. Other courses will follow as you complete your exams, so that you will always have training materials to work with.

Computer Specifications
You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer and high-speed Internet in order to complete your program with Penn Foster.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal: The Accounting Essentials Certificate program provides students with new job skills or refines existing accounting knowledge to advance in a current position, improve performance in a current business or prepare for further training.

Program Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand how to examine financial statements to ensure that they are accurate and comply with laws and regulations
  • Explain how to inspect account books and accounting systems for efficiency and use of accepted accounting procedures
  • Create, organize, and maintain financial records
  • Demonstrate how to assess financial operations and make best-practices recommendations to management
  • Identify ways to reduce costs, enhance revenues, and improve profits
  • Demonstrate effective quantitative skills in basic mathematical operations pertaining to the business environment

MAT106 – Math for Business and Finance
This course will provide the student with a foundation in basic mathematical operations. Topics covered include percentages; discounts; interest; present worth; sinking funds; installment buying; pricing; depreciation; investments; insurance; use of symbols and their applications, equations and formulas; importance of statistics.

ACC111 – Financial Accounting
This course will provide students with a basic understanding of the principles of Financial Accounting. Topics covered include analyzing transactions; completing the accounting cycle; merchandising businesses; inventories, assets, and liabilities; and corporations, stocks, bonds, and cash flow.

ACC112 – Managerial Accounting
Introduction to managerial accounting; analyses: C-V-P and management; budgeting and performance evaluation; decentralized operations; differential analysis and product pricing; and capital investment analysis, and cost activities.

ACC211 – Computer Applications for Accounting
Computer Applications in Accounting builds on concepts learned in Financial and Managerial Accounting. This course covers typical accounting software tools, including Microsoft Excel® and Peachtree Accounting, the student combines real-world accounting systems and examples with computer-based solutions.


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

A High School Diploma or GED is required to enroll in this program.

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