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Advanced Certificate

Program Overview

Want to get into accounting quickly? This is a great place to start.

This certificate is designed to prepare students for an entry-level job. You'll learn to keep day-to-day records of business transactions, make account ledger entries, monitor cash receipts and disbursements and prepare information for financial reports.

Earning Potential

Starting pay for bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks is around $33,000. Earn your associate's or bachelor's and responsibilities, and pay, increase.

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $33,000 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Bookkeeping
  • Receivables, payables, collections
  • Financial statement preparation
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Practical accounting careers are often available to students with degrees from two-year colleges and little, or no, credentialing. Candidates should expect wages to plateau around $40,000. Individuals in this field will develop skills valuable to their employer; however advancement is usually limited without a higher degree.

Practical accounting functions include:

  • Financial Statement preparation
  • Receivables, Payables, Collections
  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll Accounting
  • Budgeting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Special Projects

The Advanced Certificate is part of a laddered program. Credits earned may be applied toward the completion of the Accounting - Associate in Business Studies degree. Our program will provide you with a foundational knowledge of core accounting concepts, as well as hands-on experience with current accounting software packages.

Program costs

Total credits: 32

Fee Cost
In-district tuition and fees $3,900
Out-district tuition and fees $6,250
Books and supplies $2,080

*Program costs listed are estimated and are subject to change at any time. Students will receive final costs at the time of course registration each semester.

Why you should choose Delta


Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has learning centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  

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 Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.

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 Transfer opportunities

One of the very best things about Delta College is your ability to start here and go anywhere. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice!

In fact, if you're interested in earning a bachelor's in accounting you have several options by coming to Delta first, and then transferring.

Learn more about Accounting Transfer Options

Facts & Figures

Student to professor ratio

With a student to professor ratio of 18 to 1, our students get personal attention.


80% of grads from the last five years live in the tri-counties. 97% live in Michigan.

Related Programs

Delta College offers over 150 degree, certificate and training options. Continue exploring and advancing your education with these related programs:

"Every path has to start somewhere. I am happy to say that mine started at Delta College. As a future CPA, I was happy to see that the accounting courses at Delta were focused on the real-world rather than recycled textbook material."