Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 CNM Catalog, Volume 56 
2024-2025 CNM Catalog, Volume 56

Accounting, Certificate of Completion

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School of Business, Hospitality & Technology (BHT)

CNM offers this 3-term Accounting Certificate of Completion to provide students with the necessary skills for accounting positions in industry.

The Accounting program provides graduates with a strong foundation in the theory and procedures of accounting for business transactions. Computer technology and software applications that facilitate production of accounting information are an integral part of the program. Education in accounting often provides a competitive advantage to those seeking advancement in all aspects of business.

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Accounting coursework covers financial, managerial, and tax accounting practices and procedures. Students develop financial statements for a variety of users and study the fundamentals of business and law. Students also study the verbal, written, and teamwork skills needed for a business career.

Educational Option Information

  • This educational option can be completed: Part-time or full-time. Full-time students can complete the program in three terms.
  • This educational option can be started: Any term
  • Primary course location: Main campus, Montoya campus, and many courses are offered online

Special Requirements

  • Note: A felony conviction will not prevent entry into the program or employment; however, it may limit available employment opportunities.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Educational Opportunities

The Associate of Applied Science degree transfers at least 30 technical credits and applicable arts and sciences credits toward the Career Technical Associate of Arts transfer degree. Contact the School of Business, Hospitality & Technology for more information.

Many of our Accounting courses are transferable to universities and CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges in New Mexico.

Other licenses or industry certification opportunities available with this educational option:

  • Certified Bookkeeper (CB)
  • Certified Public Bookkeeper (CPB)

Career Opportunities

  • This program is designed to provide a strong foundation in the theory and procedures of accounting for business transactions to enable you to become employable in the industry.
Potential employers for this educational option:
  • Most businesses, governmental and non-profit organizations employ accountants and/or bookkeepers.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics Job Outlook Handbook predicts that both full- and part-time employment for persons with accounting education are expected to grow faster than average.
Sample job titles for this educational option:
  • Accounting Clerk, Accounting Assistant, Bookkeeper, Account Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Accounts Payable Specialist, Accounting Associate.
Sample job duties/description for this educational option:
  • Operate computers programmed with accounting software to record, store, and analyze information.
  • Check figures, postings, and documents for correct entry, mathematical accuracy, and proper codes.
  • Classify, record, and summarize numerical and financial data to compile and keep financial records, using journals and ledgers or computers.
  • Debit, credit, and total accounts on computer spreadsheets and databases, using specialized accounting software.
  • Operate 10-key calculators, typewriters, and copy machines to perform calculations and produce documents.
  • Receive, record, and bank cash, checks, and vouchers.
  • Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Compile statistical, financial, accounting or auditing reports and tables pertaining to such matters as cash receipts, expenditures, accounts payable and receivable, and profits and losses.
  • Code documents according to company procedures.
  • Reconcile or note and report discrepancies found in records.

Gainful Employment information is available from Job Connection Services.

Ten Year Rule for CTE Courses

Career and technical education courses in this program will qualify for credit for a period of ten academic years. Due to changing technologies, trends, and professional demands, courses completed ten or more years in the past will satisfy program requirements only if they are approved by the instructional school in which they were offered. Cohorted programs may have additional restrictions.

Program Requirements


Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Certificate: 42

*It is recommended that Accounting certificate and degree students should choose ENGL 1210 - Technical Communications .

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