Accounting Program


Program Description

The Accounting program at Kapi‘olani Community College prepares students for paraprofessional accounting positions in small business, public accounting, private industry, nonprofits and governmental organizations. Students get practical, hands-on experience practicing workplace-relevant skills and techniques.

As a capstone to the accounting degree Kapi‘olani Community College offers a specially designed class that allows students to gain actual job experience while earning credits towards graduation. Alternative courses provide students with hands-on experience with workplace-relevant simulations that accurately model the demands of the workplace.

The Associate in Science, Accounting degree articulates to the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu towards the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Administration, Accounting (effective Fall 2008).

Degree and Certificate Programs

The Kapi‘olani CC accounting program offers an associate in science (AS) degree and three certificates.

  • Associate in Science – Accounting (60 credits)
  • Certificate of Achievement – Accounting (30 credits)
  • Certificate of Competence – Payroll Preparer (15 credits)
  • Certificate of Competence – Tax Preparer (15 credits)

Potential Careers and Employers

  • Careers: Accounts Clerk, Accountant, Bookkeeper, Payroll Administrator, Payroll Clerk, and Tax Preparers
  • Employers: The United States Department of Labor publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook with additional information about careers in accounting.


Download forms & documents at the Accounting Program Toolbox.


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 Contact Information

  • Counselors/Advisors: Lori Sakaguchi, Student’s last name: A-L, 808.734.9017
  • Counselors/Advisors: Cynthia Kimura, Student’s last name: M-Z, 808.734.9107
  • Accounting Program Coordinator:  Calvin Tan
Cheryl Lum
Cheryl Lum KCC Student
I feel that my education at KCC has really made me well equipped to do my job. I use skills that I developed in courses like QuickBooks and Excel in bookkeeping and a lot of my tax preparation work. Even more valuable was my experience in the 193V course. Being able to work in the accounting field while I was going to school really helped me to integrate my accounting knowledge. I was also able to learn other types of accounting software and skills that I am using at my present job. I would highly recommend KCC’s accounting program to anyone that is interested in the accounting field.