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Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bookkeeper - Entry Level

Location(s): Owings Mills, Online

Program Description

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.

This Program features courses that will provide the entry-level skills needed to start out as a bookkeeper. Accounting concepts and terminology in the context of bookkeeping are introduced, as well as training on supporting software such as Microsoft Excel and QuickBooks.

Students entering this program should have a strong sense of  self-discipline, basic math and computer skills, and be detail-oriented.

​Bookkeeping jobs can be found at a number of profit and non-profit organizations. Additional career information may be found in Career Coach: https://ccbcmd.emsicc.com/.

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

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED recommended; 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. 

This program is eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding.

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)



PCA832 Excel for Bookkeepers 12

Text or ebook; available through campus bookstore Microsoft Excel 2021 & 365: Level 1, Labyrinth Learning, $49 without e-lab, $81 with e-lab.



ACC353 or

Accounting/Bookkeeping I



Accounting Essentials, Labyrinth Learning, $99 for Printbook or $60 for ebook for Online Course; Text or ebook available through campus bookstore.



ACC354 or

Accounting/Bookkeeping II


Same as ACC 006




QuickBooks For Bookkeepers


Text or ebook available through campus bookstore​

QuickBooks Online: Basics, Academic Year 2023-2024, Labyrinth Learning. $86 for Printbook or $52 for ebook for Online Course



Course Series Totals:



Up to $266



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: Julie Woo | jwoo@ccbcmd.edu |443-840-4302 | Owings Mills 305D

Administrative Assistant: Sarah Moore |  smoore3@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1632  | BESS 116