Accounting Certificate

Recognized by employers throughout Los Angeles and beyond, the Accounting Certificate equips you with a thorough understanding of accounting standards and principles, and prepares you to sit for the CPA® Examination. It also provides relevant coursework for those considering CMA, CIA®, and CFA certifications.

The curriculum consists of 9 required “Group A” accounting courses for a total of 36 quarter units as well as an ethics course that may be taken at any time during the program. An additional 36 quarter units of electives may be acquired through accredited business related courses previously completed and approved by your Certificate Advisor and/or suggested courses listed under “Group B”; therefore, the number of electives you take ranges from 0-9 courses, depending upon a review of your university/college transcripts.

All candidates completing this program are awarded a certificate that bears the gold seal of the University of California and is signed by the Dean of UCLA Extension. 

Certificate Curriculum

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Group A: Core Accounting Courses (All Nine Courses Required

X 120A Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice *+
X 120B Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice *+
X 120C Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice *+
X 422 Management Accounting *+
X 124A Advanced Accounting Theory and Practice
X 124B Advanced Accounting Theory and Practice
X 127 Federal Income Taxation
X 423 Financial Auditing *
X 423.2 Internal Auditing *+

Ethics Requirement

X 423.422 Ethics in Accounting

 Group B: Suggested Business-Related Electives (Up to Nine Courses Required)

X 100 Business Economics *+
X 420 Business Law: Fundamentals *
X 110 Mathematics for Management
X 115 Business Statistics *+
X 130A Basic Managerial Finance
X 420.18 Accounting and Enterprise Business Solutions*
X 423.18 Nonprofit Accounting
X 423.4 International Accounting
X 423.421 Forensic Accounting
X 423.423 Integrating Sustainability into Financial Reporting 
X 427.8 Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders *
X 427.9 Partnership Taxation *
X 429.4 Financial Control of Operations *
X 432.3 Financial Statement Analysis

 Internship (May Be Used As One Elective) 

X 423.42 Internship in Accounting 

 All of the courses in this program are relevant for students planning to sit for the CPA Examination.

* Recommended for students planning to sit for the CMA Examination.
+ Recommended for students planning to sit for the CIA Examination.

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Program Requirements

Students must: 
  • Submit an Application for Candidacy with a non-refundable application fee of $200.  Students are recommended to enroll in the certificate after completing their first two courses in the program.
  • Complete all nine Group A core accounting courses for a total of 36 quarter units.
  • Complete an additional 36 quarter units of business-related electives that may be acquired through:  a) accredited business-related courses previously taken and approved by the department’s Certificate Program Advisor, and/or b) courses listed under Group B electives. Thus, the number of electives taken from Group B ranges from 0-9 courses, depending upon a review of each student’s university/college transcripts.
  • Receive a minimum 2.5 GPA or better for courses completed in the certificate
  • Complete the Ethics in Accounting course, which may be taken at any time during the program
  • Complete within five years all of the required Group A courses and any Group B courses taken through UCLA Extension.

Recommended Prerequisites

Students are advised to complete X 1A Principles of Accounting and X 1B Principles of Accounting (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for many courses in the curriculum.

Transfer of courses

A maximum of two courses can be transferred for the Group A accounting core courses. Courses must be equivalent in course content and unit value to be eligible and must have been taken within the last five years. If courses were taken beyond this time period, students may be allowed to take alternative courses in consultation with the Certificate Programs Advisor.

The number of Group B electives allowed for transfer ranges from 0-9 courses, depending upon a review of each student’s university/college transcripts.

Available Discounts

Course discounts are available to CalCPA and IIA members as well as to employers who register 3 or more of their employees in a course. View additional discounts

MCLE/CPE Credit

Many courses in this program have been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit by the State Bar of California and may also be applied toward the State of California‘s continuing professional education (CPE) requirement for the licensure of Certified Public Accountants. 

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