Demand for workers with training in accounting is high across all sectors of business and industry. Accountants are needed in the public and private sectors, as well as in not-for-profit agencies and service groups. The training received at Pierce College Puyallup provides the basic accounting skills needed to help you secure a stable future and a high-paying career as an accounting assistant or clerk, accounts payable clerk, payroll clerk, or bookkeeper.
Students who earn a certificate or associate's degree in accounting from Pierce are prepared for entry-level positions in the accounting field. Students intending to transfer to a four-year program are asked to work closely with their academic advisor and pursue an associate's degree in business with the direct transfer option.
Students must have a GED or high school diploma, and are advised to take a skills assessment test through the Pierce College testing center.
Certificates can be earned in three quarters to a year. The associate in business takes about two years.
Career Pathway Course Maps
- Applied Accounting (AAS) Career Pathway Course Map
- Accounting Office Assistant Certificate Career Pathway Course Map
- Accounting Technology Certificate Career Pathway Course Map
- Bookkeeping Office Assistant Certificate Career Pathway Course Map