Bookkeeping Certificate (BKC)


The Bookkeeping Certificate at Cincinnati State is for individuals seeking employment as a bookkeeper in a small or medium-sized organization. Graduates of the certificate program are prepared to take the national certification exam offered by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.

The certificate program does not include cooperative education.

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Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Compile financial statements for small or medium-sized organizations
  • Prepare payroll information
  • Prepare payroll tax returns
  • Prepare state and local tax returns for small businesses

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Bookkeeping Clerks
  • Bookkeepers

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$24,500 annual salary

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of bookkeepers is expected to increase 11% through 2022

Gainful Employment Data


Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Bookkeeping Certificate

First Year
Semester 1LecLabCredits
ACC 101Financial Accounting 223
IM 111Computer Applications 1 233
MAT 111Business Mathematics 223
Semester 2  
ACC 121
& ACC 122
Computerized Bookkeeping: QuickBooks 1
and Computerized Bookkeeping: QuickBooks 2 *
ACC 130Payroll Procedures 303
ACC 180Federal Taxation: Business 303
IM 120Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel 233
Semester 3  
ACC 102Managerial Accounting 223
ACC 115Accounting Software Applications: Sage (Peachtree) 122
ACC 185State and Local Taxation 303
ACC 240Bookkeeping Certification Review 404
Total Credits:  241832

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Michele Geers, CPA
(513) 569-1435
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