This certificate program will prepare students for immediate entry into the accounting fields as bookkeepers or bookkeeping assistants. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national Certified Bookkeeper Exam.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the skills to sit for the national Certified Bookkeeper Exam.
Job opportunities and internships are continuously available as businesses turn to ICC for employment needs.
Bookkeeper, Bookkeeping Assistant, Payroll Clerk
if Full Time
32 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
Overcoming the Odds: Samantha’s Journey to Success at ICC
Balancing work and home life is a struggle for most adults. For Samantha Collins, she added on attending Illinois Central College as another part of her balancing act. For some, the deck may seem stacked against them with all these obstacles, but Samantha embraced these challenges and was determined to achieve her Accounting Bookkeeper certificate. “My experience at ICC was…
There’s never been a better time to be a bookkeeper in the greater Peoria area. Someone who knows how to run the financial books and can contribute to the company’s success will be in high demand.Daniel Kelly, Professor, Business, Legal & Information Systems
How Do I Get Into the Accounting Bookkeeper Program?
Apply your analytical and organizational skills to the in-demand career of Accounting Bookkeeper. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- Analytical skills, math oriented, business oriented, attention to detail, and organization skills are beneficial for this program.
- Math, English, keyboarding, and computer classes are essential preparation for this program.
What Can I Expect as an Accounting Bookkeeper Student?
- Graduates will be prepared to sit for the national Certified Bookkeeper Exam.
- Graduates are able to find employment with manufacturers, service industries, accounting firms, financial institutions, insurance companies, and not-for-profit and governmental organizations.
- Students are able to complete this certificate in six semesters including summers. The pace of the program is also suitable for individuals who work.
- This program explores the fundamentals of bookkeeping, tax, payroll, and other areas of accounting a bookkeeper is like to encounter.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.