Take the first step to becoming a skilled accounting professional 

Accounting Skills Certificate - 20 credits

Earn your Accounting Skills Certificate in 20 credits and learn the foundations of accounting principles and skills with an online accounting certificate from Davenport University. The accounting certificate program will prepare you to continue your education while also giving you the opportunity to get a head start on your career in key accounting jobs in bookkeeping and accounts receivable/payable.

The Accounting Skills Certificate program is offered both in person on multiple campuses across Michigan and online through our Global Campus. No prior accounting experience is necessary—in fact, the accounting certificate is a great and easy way to start on your educational journey before moving on to an associate, bachelor or master-level program. 

Why an accounting certificate? 

The Accounting Skills Certificate is the perfect way for you to learn the basics of accounting and accounting principles while also receiving resume-boosting recognition along the way to a more advanced degree, such as a bachelor's or master's degree in accounting. It's also a good choice if you want to advance in your current career by building a baseline of accounting skills with a certificate to document your achievement. Students who complete this program can pursue an Associate of Business Administration in Accounting, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting or a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting Fraud Investigation. On top of our undergraduate degrees, Davenport also offers both a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy.

Explore classes for Davenport’s Accounting Skills Certificate

Build a solid foundation of accounting skills and knowledge during the course of your 20 credits. You can choose to focus your area of study on one concentration, like foundational accounting or accounting information technology. 

Which class should I take? When should I take it?

See our Recommended Program Sequences:

Smaller class sizes means you get more one-on-one time with professors
This program can be completed in just 20 credits

Why study accounting at Davenport University?

While earning your Accounting Skills Certificate, you’ll learn from expert faculty who are industry-experienced CPAs, CMAs and CFEs. Receive real-world experience and build future career connections through several accounting and business-related campus organizations and volunteer opportunities. Once you’ve earned your certificate, you can easily transition into a degree-seeking program at Davenport to continue your accounting education. 

Experience the Davenport difference:

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Easy transition to the next program

Easily move onto your associate degree or bachelor’s in accounting and beyond after you earn your accounting certificate.


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Personalized attention from professors

Smaller classroom sizes mean you get one-on-one attention from expert faculty. 


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Flexible scheduling

Choose to complete your 20 credits in person or online--whichever suits your schedule. 


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Build career connections

Participate in campus clubs like Business Professionals of America, and take part in job shadowing and networking events to build long-lasting professional connections. 


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Real-world experience

Get hands-on accounting experience and build your credentials with service learning projects like the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. 


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Focus your studies

Choose to focus on one of three program concentrations: Foundational Accounting I and II and Accounting Information Technology.


Get started on your accounting certificate

Take the next step toward earning your online certificate in accounting at Davenport. 

Talk to an admissions advisor

Davenport’s admissions team is here to answer your questions. Please call us at 800.686.1600 or email us at info@davenport.edu.

Apply now for free or request more information

Start on the road to a variety of accounting jobs. Request more information or begin your application now.

Your accounting certificate stackable degrees

Davenport University's Accounting Skills Certificate was designed as a building block for our associate, bachelor and master-level degree offerings. After finishing this stackable certificate, you'll be able to seamlessly apply the credits you earned to the degrees listed below –– all while earning resume-boosting recognition along the way.


Stack 1: Accounting Skills Certificate

Stack 2: Associate


Stack 3: Bachelor


Accounting Fraud Investigation

Stack 4: Master


MBA - Managerial Accounting

About Davenport University

Davenport Campus

Davenport is a private, not-for-profit university with more than 150 years of experience preparing students for successful careers.

Offering over 80 degree and certificate programs, we align with top employers to design degree programs that help you gain the skills and real-world experience you need to rise above the rest. With small class sizes and campuses across Michigan or online, you’ll earn a quality education on your schedule at Davenport University.*

Some programs require a student to complete a portion of their degree plan off-campus. 
View a full list of those programs and courses


Davenport University, 2023/2024 Catalog