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Chemeketa is the low-cost, high-value place to start your career in accounting.

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Why choose Accounting?

If you want to have a career in:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Accounting
  • Payroll
  • Tax preparation
  • Data analytics

Chemeketa’s accounting program provides the knowledge and skills you need.

What will you learn?

Our AAS degree and certificate programs give you the training to qualify for entry-level positions requiring accounting and analytics in business, industry, and government. 

What will you do?

The skills you learn in our accounting program can be applied in a range of careers, including –

  • Licensed Tax Preparer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Full Cycle Accountant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Auditor

    This certificate program is for students interested in tax preparation or as an additional credential for accountants. You will learn how to –

    • Prepare individual income taxes
    • Prepare tax returns using professional tax software
    • Develop tax planning skills

    This program provides the 80 hours of coursework needed to take the Oregon Licensed Tax Preparer Test. See Course Sequences and Course Description pages for more information.


    This certificate is for students interested in becoming a payroll specialist. You will learn how to –

    • Prepare payroll and related payroll tax filings using payroll software
    • Interpret legal and/or contracted language for payroll compliance

    See Course Sequences and Course Description pages for more information.


    This certificate program is for students who want to enter the field as an accounting technician or to offer accounting services. You will learn how to –

    • Identify, analyze, record, and summarize routine business transactions using current accounting software
    • Create professional accounting reports
    • Prepare common federal and state payroll and tax documents and reports
    • Know timelines for completing and submitting tax, payroll, and accounting documents and reports

    This certificate provides the foundation to prepare for the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) certification exam and the Intuit Bookkeeping Professional certification.

    See Course Sequences and Course Description pages for more information.


    The Data Analytics for Accounting Certificate prepares students to analyze accounting data using basic accounting knowledge and analytics techniques. Upon completion, students will be able to analyze accounting data and communicate the results to benefit and improve business operations. In addition, this certificate provides students with the necessary foundation for preparing for the Tableau Desktop Specialist Certification.

    Students completing the Data Analytics for Accounting certificate should be able to:

    • Analyze data and prepare tools as they relate to the accounting cycle and business operations
    • Use data analytics software to accurately prepare financial reports and communicate the results
    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of analytics for decision-making in business
    • Effectively use graphical tools to communicate insights about data

    See Course Sequences and Course Description pages for more information.


    This program is for students wanting more in-depth training in accounting and business. It can be completed in two or more years. You will learn how to –

    • Demonstrate knowledge of computerized accounting systems
    • Prepare and analyze financial reports, make recommendations and communicate results in a team environment
    • Make decision based on the framework, assumptions, principals, constraints and ethics in accounting

    See Course Sequences and Course Description pages for more information.