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Accounting Certificate

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Learn more about the Professional Certificate in Accounting

Apply for Candidacy

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $50 to declare candidacy in this program.

Professional Certificate in Accounting

An Accounting Certificate from UCR Extension will open doors for career opportunities in companies large and small, government offices and the nonprofit sector. Whether it's for tax planning and auditing or budget analysis and preparing financial statements, accountants are continually sought after to provide support to almost every type of organization.

Participants in the certificate program will:

  • Meet one of the state of California's requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.
  • Understand and be able to apply important accounting principles to private, public and nonprofit organizations.
  • Understand how to meet legal and regulatory requirements necessary to perform public accounting functions for clients.
  • Be able to analyze financial statements.
  • Be prepared to advise clients regarding important financial reporting requirements, strategic financial decisions and other matters related to accounting practice.

Who Can Benefit?

This program is designed for individuals who are in the financial services industry, business students, financial assistants, and others who have good technical skills and/or are interested in pursuing a course of study in accounting and related topics.

International Students

If you are in the University Credit Program (UCP) you may take individual courses that have varying start dates but you cannot enroll online. You must enroll through your student advisor or learn more about UCP here.

Completion Information

Completion Requirements

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete (grade C or better) a total of 36 units: 32 required units and four elective units.

Completion Time

The program can typically be completed in twelve to eighteen months. All coursework must be completed within five years.


The cost of this program is approximately $5,900. This does not include textbooks and materials unless otherwise noted.

Transfer Credit

Equivalent courses from other accredited colleges and universities completed within the last three years will be considered for transfer, up to a total of 4 units. All requests must be in writing and students must have paid the certificate application fee. Official transcripts are required.



  • Joan Branin, Ph.D., Consultant, The Acorn Group, Pasadena
  • Salvador Cardiel, M.B.A., Business Consultant, Murrieta
  • Diana Cescolini, M.A., Instructor, UC Riverside Extension
  • Brooke Horspool, B.A., CPA, Partner, Raymond P. Horspool Jr., Inc., Riverside
  • Joseph Mignone, B.S., Principal Consultant, JFM Global Associates, instructor for UC San Diego Extension
  • D. Lynne O'Connell, M.B.A., Controller, Malcolm Drywall, Inc., Colton
  • Dennis Phillips, B.S., E.A., Vice President, Burton and Phillips, Redlands
  • Justine Quinones, B.A., CPA, CMA, C.G.F.M., Administrative Manager, County of Riverside
  • Andrea M. Stoll, M.B.A., Accountant-Property, Loma Linda
  • Eva Marie Beisner, M.B.A.
  • Derek Sloan, M.B.A.
  • Douglas B. Bartlett, B.S.

Instructor Opportunities

Interested in becoming an instructor at UCR Extension? Find out how.

Additional Information

Textbook Information

If a textbook is required, information is provided in the course listing when scheduled, on the confirmation you receive after enrolling, or by e-mail for an online class.


Completion of this certificate meets one of the State of California educational requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Contact Information

Tanya Meza
(951) 827-1723

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

UCR Extension Center

Tel: Work(951) 827-4105 or Toll-Free(800) 442-4990 toll-free
Fax: Fax(951) 827-7273