Prerequisites, Requirements and Accreditation

  • Is there a recommended order to take the courses in?
  • The courses can be taken in any order. It is recommended that you take one course per quarter in order to finish the certificate in less than two years.  Please note that the Principles of Financial Accounting is a pre-requisite for all other accounting courses.
  • I don't have a background in accounting. Am I qualified to take this certificate?
  • The Accounting Specialist Certificate is geared toward students with some professional or educational background in accounting.  The course Principles of Financial Accounting is the pre-requisite for all of the courses in the certificate (if you have taken this course at another institution please contact a Program Representative for a waiver).  Aside from the course pre-requisite no specific experience is required to take the certificate.
  • Is the certificate program accredited?
  • Our Accounting certificates are approved by UC Davis faculty.  University of California, Davis is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?
  • You must earn a grade of C or higher in all four courses to earn the Accounting Specialist Certificate. You have five years from the date of enrollment to complete the certificate.
  • Do courses provide academic credit and/or continuing education units?
  • All the courses in the Accounting Specialist Certificate Program offer academic credit. Each course is worth 4 quarter credit units.
  • What is the recommended course of action for students intending to sit for the CPA Exam?
  • If you are planning to sit for the CPA exam, taking both the Accounting Principles and Accounting Specialist Certificate Programs will provide enough credits to fulfill the 36 credit hours in Accounting Subjects required to be eligible for the exam. Please visit the California Board of Accountancy website for more information regarding the CPA exam.

General Questions

  • May I enroll in individual courses without completing the certificate?
  • Yes, you may enroll in individual Accounting courses without completing the certificate. Some professionals look for particular topics that will improve their skills in specific areas such as taxation and auditing.
  • Is there a limit to how many people can enroll in each class?
  • Class size varies from course to course. In an online environment, we allow up to 30 students in a class, although this number may be lower depending on how many students enroll in a given quarter.
  • How does the “Fast Track model” work?
  • The Accounting Specialist Fast Track Certificate format is a convenient way to accelerate your course plan. Students can complete the certificate in just 12 months and save on the overall certificate cost with our pre-pay pricing option.
  • Can I receive an extension on the discounted price for Fast Track if I cannot complete the program in the scheduled time frame?
  • No, the 15% discount is only offered to students who complete the Fast Track program in the time allotted.  Fast Track students who fail to meet the terms of the program incur additional fees and charges.
  • I’ve taken previous Accounting courses from UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. Do they count toward my certificate in the new program?
  • UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education provides evolving educational opportunities to help working professionals advance in their careers, and we offer students up to five years to complete a certificate program. Courses taken within the last five years can be transferred to the newer certificate. Please speak with a Program Representative to discuss your personal path to certificate completion.
  • Who are the program instructors and what is their accounting experience?
  • UC Davis only hires accounting instructors who have years of experience and advanced degrees in their respective industries. Our instructors must also meet the stringent academic standards established by the University of California, UC Davis and UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. Detailed instructor biographies are included on each course page.

Time and Cost

  • How long will it take me to complete the certificate program?
  • Students in the Fast Track Certificate Program will finish in 15 months. Students not enrolled in Fast Track can complete the program in anywhere from 15 months to five years.
  • What is the cost of the program?
  • Students who take courses a la carte will pay $880 per course, for a total cost of $4,400, plus books and the certificate candidacy fee of $125.
    Fast Track Certificate Program students will pay a total cost of $3,740, plus the cost of books. The candidacy fee is also waived for Fast Track students.
  • Are there program discounts for which I might be eligible?
  • There are numerous discounts available, including group discounts and discounts for Cal Aggie Alumni Association (CAAA) members. Please note that discounts cannot be combined.  This includes the Fast Track discount.

Online Learning

  • Are all of the courses available online? Do I need to log into my courses at a particular time?
  • All of the courses are held online and you can access the material 24 hours a day. There are no synchronous sessions requiring students to attend at a specific time.  Assignments are due on a weekly basis.
  • How does online learning work?
  • Online courses have real instructors, students, course materials, assignments, tests and grades. They also have the same academic rigor and quality that you expect from our traditional, face-to-face courses. Our online learning courses require the same commitment and effort that you would bring to a classroom experience.

    The most obvious difference with an online learning format is that you don't have to travel to a classroom. In most cases, the entire course is taken online. You'll enjoy more flexibility with online learning courses because you work at a time and place convenient to you. However, without the demands of a specific time and place for a course meeting, you will have to use more self-discipline to ensure your timely progress through the course. If you do not set aside time each week for the course, you may quickly find yourself behind and overwhelmed. Our most successful students schedule themselves as they would for a classroom course, only on their own schedule.
  • What support is available if I have technical problems with a course?
  • You can access technical support through the Online Learning Campus.