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 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.

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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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

 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 core courses for a total of 36 quarter units.
  • 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 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 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.


Accounting Certificate students are eligible to participate in an optional internship for additional academic credit.  Further information including the option to enroll can be found here.

CPA Educational Requirements

To satisfy the educational requirements for the CPA Exam, students must have a baccalaureate degree (any major) from an accredited college or university and have completed 36 quarter units (equivalent to 24 semester units) of accounting courses which can be completed with this 10 course program.  An additional 36 quarter units of business-related courses are required which can be completed by enrolling in a second certificate program entitled General Business Studies.

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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


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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