Intermediate Accounting Certificate  Pre-Baccalaureate Certificate

The online Intermediate Accounting Certificate helps you gain additional training and knowledge to advance your accounting and finance career.

21 Credits
Starts September 2, 2024


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Online Intermediate Accounting Certificate Overview

This Intermediate Accounting Certificate program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to identify industry trends and evaluate the impact of those trends at a corporate and industry level.

Online Intermediate Accounting Certificate Program Highlights

The undergraduate certificate is intended to enhance accounting proficiencies and provide you with the ability to develop corporate-level financial documents and critically analyze and synthesize information found in complex accounting and financial reports. Ethical decision-making, as it relates to financial reporting, is an integral theme of the Intermediate Accounting Certificate program.

Once you've completed the online Intermediate Accounting Certificate program, you'll be prepared to:

  • Research, analyze, and prepare corporate-level reports and financial statements according to GAAP
  • Apply accounting and finance concepts and principles to the corporate financial structure
  • Prepare reports pertaining to long-term investments, tangible and intangible assets
  • Evaluate accounting procedures from the perspective of a financial accountant, trust administrator, and manager
  • Identify the expanded product line offered via financial service markets
  • Identify and apply regulatory and compliance regulations

Intermediate Accounting Certificate Tuition Information

Cost Per Credit
Total Program Tuition
Cost Per Credit$502
Credits* 21 credits
Total Program Tuition $10,542

*See curriculum sheet for a breakdown of credits and credit ranges.

  1. Choose your program of study. Browse our Program Finder to find your program.
  2. Complete and sign the online application.
  3. Pay the $50 application fee ($100 for international students) by the term start date.
  4. Send official transcripts directly to Cambridge College in a sealed, unopened envelope. Learn How to Send Transcripts
  5. Fulfill any additional program-specific admissions requirements.
  6. Ensure you have internet access, and a fully functional laptop or desktop computer that can play audio and video and access Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint).

Note: Your admission file must be complete and accepted before your financial aid may be awarded, before your transfer credit may be evaluated, and before you may register for classes.

Cambridge College undergraduate admission also requires at least one of the following:

  • Original high school transcript showing graduation or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) or HiSET certificate
  • Or an affidavit confirming high school program completion in a state-approved homeschool setting.
  • Or, if not required by state law, proof of high school education in a homeschool setting meeting state attendance exemptions
  • Or enrollment in an eligible career pathway program
  • Or proof of passing scores on an approved ability-to-benefit test (such as the Accuplacer Test administered by Cambridge College)
  • Or nine credit hours of Cambridge College course work, applicable toward an undergraduate degree or certificate, completed with grades of B or better. (Non-matriculated students may not receive aid while earning credits.)
  • Or 24 or more credits earned from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. Note: Official college transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit. Courses not included in an earned associate degree must be earned at a grade of C or better to be eligible for transfer.

Intermediate Accounting Certificate Admission Requirements

You must meet course prerequisites (Accounting I and Accounting II) prior to enrolling in this certificate.

Careers in Accounting

The Intermediate Accounting Certificate was designed for those with 3-5 years of experience and/or undergraduate-level coursework in accounting and finance.

This accounting certificate will appeal to those who want to shift their career path into accounting and finance within the financial services industry as well as those who are currently employed in the industry and require advanced skills to move into higher-level management positions.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an accountant is $78,000*, while the median annual salary for a financial manager is $139,790.**


Median annual salary for accountants*


Median annual salary for financial managers**

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors, (visited October 19, 2023)

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Financial Managers, (visited October 19, 2023) 

Accounting Jobs

This certificate can prepare you for mid-level and senior roles in accounting, including as an accountant and financial manager.