Accounting - Payroll

Certificate of Completion

The Accounting - Payroll Certificate provides basic accounting skills and knowledge combined with specialized training in payroll, preparing the student for entry-level clerical positions within the payroll segment of accounting. Common duties performed include payroll tax reporting, payroll accounting systems maintenance, and posting payroll transactions to journals and ledgers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • Identify payroll records required by the employer in preparation for filing tax forms for Social Security, federal and state income tax, state disability benefits, and federal and state unemployment.
  • Calculate wages and withholding amounts in payroll problems.
  • Assemble payroll record keeping requirements for employers under current state and federal laws.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Certificate Requirements

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This certificate requires:
Completion of the Accounting - Bookkeeping coursework
Completion of the Accounting - Payroll coursework

Required Coursework

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Accounting - Bookkeeping Coursework
Principles of Accounting - Financial
Bookkeeping - Accounting
QuickBooks for Accounting
Excel for Accounting
Course Prefix Course Name Units
Accounting - Payroll Coursework
Payroll and Tax Accounting

Vocational Studies

Continuing Education classes, also known as “Noncredit,” are financially supported by the state of California and are offered tuition-free. Noncredit classes are designed to provide students with a high-quality learning experience with the opportunity to gain new skills and embark on new career pathways. Noncredit programs at Mt. SAC include Adult Basic Education (ABE), Education for Older Adults (EOA), English as a Second Language (ESL), Short-Term Vocational (STV), Vocational Re-Entry (VRE), and IMPACT/Adults with Disabilities (AWD). Below are certificate opportunities in the STV and VRE programs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall TermUnits
VOC BA70 Payroll and Tax Accounting 0
Spring Term
VOC BA75 QuickBooks for Accounting 0
VOC BA76 Excel for Accounting 0
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