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Accounting Certificate

Looking to start a career in accounting or become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)? Whitworth's accounting certificate is designed to prepare you for work in the field of accounting. In conjunction with Whitworth’s B.A. in Business Management or other applicable degree program the certificate provides the upper-level accounting credits needed in order to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam in Washington state. You can complete the accounting certificate on its own in just 16-20 months or earn it as part of a bachelor's degree program. 

Course Format Online; weekly synchronous class meetings in the evening
Average Completion Time 16-20 months
Start Date Prerequisite courses begin August of odd years
Certificate series begins January of even years
Cost $565 per credit.** Course materials provided at no extra cost.
Eligibility Available to School of Continuing Studies students & adult community members (23 and above).

**Anticipated tuition rate for the 2023-24 academic year; certificate courses can be audited for a reduced cost if credits are not needed, with purchase of course materials.

"At Whitworth, the students create strong bonds with each other. I see these bonds lasting a lifetime. The classes are filled with people and teachers who really want to see you succeed."

Ashley Vasquez '20

Prerequisite Courses

  • Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • Managerial Accounting (3 credits)

Certificate Requirements – 24 credits

BU 334 Intermediate Accounting I 4 credits
BU 335 Intermediate Accounting II 4 credits
BU 332 Cost Accounting 3 credits
BU 466 Principles of Auditing 3 credits
BU 336 Introduction to Taxation 4 credits
BU 357 Financial Management 3 credits
BU 240 Business Law 3 credits

In order to take the CPA exam in the state of Washington, candidates must meet the following education requirements:

At least 120 credits of college education, including:

  • A baccalaureate or higher degree
  • 24 credits in accounting subjects (15 at the upper level or graduate level)
  • 24 credits in business administration subjects