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Bookkeeper - Entry Level

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Program Description

This Continuing Education Certificate prepares students in the field of bookkeeping. Bookkeepers compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. They perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining and checking the accuracy of accounting records, calculations and postings.​

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. apply the knowledge and skills to function effectively as an entry level bookkeeper;

2. prepare to gain employment as a bookkeeper; and

3. assume responsibility for continued professional and personal development through continuing education.​

CCBC Pathway

Business Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credential

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Please note that this is an entry-level certificate and should not be confused with the Certified Bookkeeper status offered by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Length of Training

​6-7 months; courses start in March and October at CCBC Essex and CCBC Owings Mills​ for classroom based classes; June and January for online classes.

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED; basic computer skills

Recommended: Students considering this option should have some experience with Microsoft Excel, and have successfully completed a high-school level basic algebra class. 

Application Process

To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum. A maximum of 41 hours may be earned from prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number

Course Title


Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



PCA 832 Excel for Bookkeepers 12

Text or ebook; available through campus bookstore Microsoft Excel 2019 & 365: Level 1, Labyrinth Learning, $48 without e-lab, $80 with e-lab.



ACC 353 or
ACC 006

Accounting/Bookkeeping I



Text or ebook available through campus bookstore Accounting Basics: An Introduction for Non-Accounting Majors, Labyrinth Learning, $55



ACC 354 or
ACC 007 

Accounting/Bookkeeping II


Same as ACC 006



PCA 836

QuickBooks For Bookkeepers


Text or ebook available through campus bookstore​ 
QuickBooks Online: Level 1, 2021 Edition​, Labyrinth Learning. $71



Course Series Totals:



Up to $206



Additional Information

Skills for Success:
Self-Discipline; basic math skills; computer skills; detail-oriented

Career Opportunities:
Bookkeeping jobs can be found at a number of profit and non-profit organizations.

Career Coach

Research your career interests, explore live job postings, take a career assessment, discover which companies in the Baltimore region are hiring, and more.  View a brief tutorial video on how to use Career Coach at https://youtu.be/C7KpznbPYfA.  Explore career and training opportunities at https://ccbcmd.emsicc.com/.

Contact Information

Coordinator: Moire Riley | mriley@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1840 | Hunt Valley 106

Administrative Assistant: Sarah Moore |  scullip@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1632  | BESS 116

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