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 (60-65 credits)
    The Associate in Science, Accounting (AS ACC) degree program at Kapi‘olani Community College prepares students for paraprofessional accounting positions. Students seeking their first degree or first job, a skills upgrade or a job change, or those on track for their CPA license, Enrolled Agent, other professional certification get the skills they need. The program gives students hands-on experience with current industry standard accounting information systems hardware, software, web resources, and business practices to make them job-ready at a variety of entry-level opportunities. A concentration in communication, teamwork, and professional networking skills is built into all program courses. This emphasis, along with close ties to a broad base of local industry partners mean that internship opportunities are available at a wide array of businesses, CPA firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Courses are taught by dedicated faculty and industry professionals, and are offered in the daytime, evening, and online to accommodate all students. The program is a member of the American Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and most courses are transferable to member schools. Articulation agreements with area universities let students transition seamlessly to the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu’s Bachelor of Arts (BABA) in Business Administration - Concentration in Accounting degree, or gives students transferable credit towards baccalaureate degrees at other area public and private universities.
  • Certificate of Achievement - Accounting (30-34 credits)
    The Certificate of Achievement in Accounting at Kapi‘olani Community College prepares students for entry-level advanced clerical, junior paraprofessional, or professional 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.
  • Certificate of Competence - Payroll Preparer (15 credits)
    The Certificate of Competence, Payroll Preparer trains graduates with a set of hands-on workplace skills that employers demand. These skills qualify graduates for entry-level positions as payroll preparers, payroll clerks, and related clerical/accounting jobs at CPA and bookkeeping firms, payroll service bureaus, or in business or government.
  • Certificate of Competence - Tax Preparer (15-18 credits)
    The Certificate of Competence, Tax Preparer, trains students with a set of hands-on workplace skills that employers demand. These skills qualify graduates for entry-level positions as tax preparers, payroll clerks/payroll administrators, and related clerical/accounting jobs at CPA and bookkeeping firms, payroll service bureaus, or in business or government.

The Business, Legal & Technology Industry Certification Test Center

The Accounting program now offers a one-credit certification preparation class to help students prepare for the Online QuickBooks Pro industry certification exam. Some prerequisite courses may be required. There are additional certification preparation classes offered in technology (Security+) and paralegal (Relativity) fields.

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.

Contact Information

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.

Cheryl Lum

KCC Student, Kapi‘olani Community College

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Accounting Program Outcomes

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