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Certificate Program in Accounting
As new Certified Public Accountant (CPA) educational requirements and updated International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) come to the fore, the need for additional expertise to implement global standards is crucial. Gain a current, thorough understanding of accounting principles, reporting practices and regulatory requirements. Benefit from a curriculum that is overseen by an advisory board of business and education leaders and approved by UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Prerequisites for Admission
If you have no prior coursework in accounting, we highly recommend that you complete these two introductory courses before taking Intermediate Accounting or other courses in the certificate program:
- Introduction to Financial Accounting, XB102A in the classroom or XBW102A online;
- Introduction to Managerial Accounting, XB102B in the classroom or XBW102B online
A bachelor's degree is also highly recommended.
The curriculum comprises 4 required courses and 12 semester units of electives for a total of 24 semester units (360 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.
You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. A Certificate With Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.9 or higher (effective to those who register beginning Sept. 1, 2016). All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate. Most students take one-and-a-half years to complete the courses.
How to Register
By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in Accounting, complete these two steps:
- Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
- Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.
Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated cost of $7,225 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.
Certificate and Award Request
Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to email@example.com or call (510) 642-4231. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.
CPA Licensure Requirements
Information about Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) licensing and renewal requirements is available at:
Some of our courses may fulfill prerequisites for M.B.A. programs. Please note that acceptance of transfer credit is always at the discretion of the accepting institution; contact the schools to which you are applying for information about transfer of credits earned at UC Berkeley Extension.
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