Bookkeeping and Accounting

Unlock Your Potential with Skills for Today's Business and Accounting Worlds

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Program Overview

Aspiring to make your mark in the accounting world? College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Bookkeeping and Accounting program is designed to launch your career in the high-demand field of accounting. This two-year Associate of Applied Science degree equips you for roles such as accounting clerk, accounting technician, payroll clerk, or bookkeeper. Beyond fundamental accounting processes, the program offers a path to credentialing as a Certified Bookkeeper by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB), setting a national standard of excellence in the profession.

As a student, you will have the opportunity to gain industry-standard certifications, including the QuickBooks Certification and several Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications, showcasing your professional competency. The program emphasizes hands-on training in transaction handling, financial statement preparation, payroll operations, and understanding both cash and accrual accounting methods. Designed to advance you in the modern business landscape, this program also instills ethical decision-making and managerial skills, preparing you for a range of accounting-related roles.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science

Advanced Technical Certificate

Basic Technical Certificate

Fully Online

Time to Complete

1.5 – 2 years

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Comprehensive Accounting Mastery: Develop a thorough understanding of accounting practices and principles.
  • Bookkeeping Certification: Be prepared for the American Institute of Professional (AIPB) Professional Bookkeeping Certification.
  • QuickBooks Proficiency: Gain expertise in QuickBooks, enhancing job marketability and software skills.
  • Business Ethics & Legal Knowledge: Understand business legalities and ethical decision making.
  • Managerial Decision-Making Skills: Utilize accounting insights to contribute to key business decisions.
  • Professional Software Skills: Master Microsoft Office applications, earning MOS certifications.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Bookkeeping and Accounting – Associate of Applied Science Degree




Available Fully Online

Degree Requirements

Bookkeeping and Accounting – Advanced Technical Certificate




Available Fully Online

Certificate Requirements

Professional Bookkeeping – Basic Technical Certificate




Available Fully Online

Certificate Requirements
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Career Opportunities

  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

    Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.


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  • Tax Preparers

    Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses.


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  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

    Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees’ time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.


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  • Brokerage Clerks

    Perform duties related to the purchase, sale, or holding of securities. Duties include writing orders for stock purchases or sales, computing transfer taxes, verifying stock transactions, accepting and delivering securities, tracking stock price fluctuations, computing equity, distributing dividends, and keeping records of daily transactions and holdings.


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  • Statistical Assistants

    Compile and compute data according to statistical formulas for use in statistical studies. May perform actuarial computations and compile charts and graphs for use by actuaries. Includes actuarial clerks.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

"CWI empowered me by giving me a chance at a better way of life. I am so much happier than I was seven years ago! This change not only impacted me, but my family as well. They see that I am happy where I work and that transcends to being happy at home." Read more > about Broken Water Heater Inspires Change
Jose Nava
2012 Graduate


Step 1

  • Apply to CWI.
  • Choose Bookkeeping and Accounting as your major.

Step 2

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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