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Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Applied Science
  • Credits: 60
  • Delivery: Face-to-face
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

The accounting program at Anoka Technical College prepares students for careers in accounting. The program allows students to select a specific accounting pathway by completing the Bookkeeper Certificate, Payroll Accounting Certificate, or Tax Preparer Certificate. Students select the Accounting AAS degree for a comprehensive curriculum that includes courses from each of the certificate pathways.

The Accounting AAS prepares students for nationally recognized certifications including:

Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) conferred by the American Payroll Association (APA). Candidates must pass an exam.

Certified QuickBooks User Exam conferred by Intuit. Candidates must pass an exam.

Certified Bookkeeper conferred by the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). Candidates must pass a four-part certification exam, sign a code of ethics, and submit evidence of two years of full-time bookkeeping experience.

Registered Tax Return Preparer certification conferred by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Candidates must obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), pass the Registered Tax Return Preparer Competency Test, and pass a tax compliance suitability check (initiated by IRS).

Accredited Business Accountant (ABA) certification conferred by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT). Candidates must pass the ABA exam and complete three years of related work experience, up to two of which may be satisfied through college credit.

Registered Accounting Practitioner (RAP) as a Minnesota state license conferred by the Minnesota Board of Accountancy. Candidates must pass the ABA exam, complete 60 credits of qualified education, and provide evidence of one year of related work experience.

Anoka Technical College's Accounting degrees offer options to individuals who are interested in quickly entering the workforce with strong accounting skills. Furthermore, if students successfully pass the certification exams, they demonstrate to employers that they are prepared to handle their job responsibilities.

Program Locations

  • Anoka Technical College 55303

Labor Market Information

  • Credit Analysts

  • Median wage: $32.01/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • Financial Examiners

  • Median wage: $38.40/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • College Business Teachers

  • Median wage: $70,897/year-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
  • Tax Preparers

  • Median wage: $18.69/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • Accountants and Auditors

  • Median wage: $30.60/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • Budget Analysts

  • Median wage: $29.41/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Shrinking
  • Tax Examiners and Collectors

  • Median wage: $26.63/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Shrinking
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Anoka Technical College
Anoka Technical College
1355 W. Highway 10 Anoka, MN 55303 Local: (763) 576-4850 TTY: (800) 627-3529 Email: enrollmentservices@anokaramsey.edu