Learn basic accounting skills that prepare you for high-demand positions, including bookkeeper, accounting assistant, accounts payable clerk and payroll clerk. This two-year program also prepares you for transfer to a four-year college to complete your degree.


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.

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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.

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Program Outcomes


Suzanne Lozano
Assistant Professor
Tatiana Wetzler
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Annette Sawyer-Sisseck
Business Accounting Navigator