The Accounting program prepares students for nationally recognized certifications including:
- Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) conferred by the American Payroll Association (APA).
- Certified QuickBooks User Exam conferred by Intuit.
- Certified Bookkeeper conferred by the American Institute ofProfessional Bookkeepers (AIPB).
- Registered Tax Return Preparer certification conferred by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Accredited Business Accountant (ABA) certification conferred by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT).
- Registered Accounting Practitioner (RAP) as a Minnesota state license conferred by the Minnesota Board of Accountancy.
Anoka Technical College Accounting programs prepare students for up to five nationally recognized certifications (see Credits for course listing):
ACCT1030 and ACCT1170: Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) exam; certification by the American Payroll Association (APA). The exam at a Pearson VUE testing center.
ACCT1200: Certified Bookkeeper exam; certification by American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). For Certified Bookkeeper designation, candidates must pass four-part certification, sign code of ethics, and submit evidence of
two years of full-time bookkeeping experience. ACCT1200
incorporates two parts of exam as open-book tests. The other
two parts taken at a Prometric testing center. The exam may be completed prior to fulfilling work experience.
ACCT1210: Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test; certification by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The
test taken at a Prometric testing center. For Registered Tax Return Preparer, candidates must obtain Preparer Tax
Identification Number (PTIN), take and pass Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test, pass tax compliance
suitability check (initiated by IRS), and receive RTRP certificate.
ACCT1225: Comprehensive Exam for Accreditation in Accountancy to become an Accredited Business Accountant
(ABA); certification by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT). To become an Accredited
Business Accountant, candidates must pass Comprehensive Examination for Accreditation in Accountancy and have three
years of related work experience, up to two of which may be satisfied through college credit.The exam may be completed
prior to fulfilling work experience. The exam is administered at Anoka Technical College as the final exam in ACCT1225.
ACCT1160: Certified QuickBooks User Exam; certification is conferred by Intuit. The exam taken at Certiport Testing Center.
Students may also qualify for a Registered Accounting Practitioner license, which is a Minnesota state license. To become certified or licensed, students must satisfy all requirements of each applicable national or state credentialing agency.
Accountants must be knowledgeable in the areas of financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, payroll, taxes, and computerized accounting applications. Their job responsibilities might include the accounting functions of accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, taxes, general ledger accounting, cash management, inventory management, budget preparation, or financial reporting. Additional skills are required to develop spreadsheets, use multiple accounting software packages, and communicate with customers, vendors, clients, and colleagues.