The Individual Tax Preparer Certificate is a 16 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

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Credit for Prior Learning Available

Vita (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Experience (10101107)


Provides the learner with pre-professional and practical business experiences through providing free tax preparation service to the community by applying individual income tax knowledge. Incorporates the learner with activities that include, but not limited to; accepting responsibility, decision making, community awareness, personalized learning experiences, and developing a professional network. Additional skills such as obtaining business technologies, engaging in collaborative cross functional work, determining the importance of success skills, and professional growth will be developed.

Accounting 1 (10101111)


Introduces accounting concepts and financial statements for sole proprietorships. Learners analyze and record routine transactions, adjusting entries, and closing entries. Learners prepare the Income Statement, Statement of Owner's Equity, and the Balance Sheet from the financial records they create for service and merchandising businesses. Covers accounting for sales, inventory, cash, and receivables.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® Financial Accounting

Individual Tax Accounting (10101121)


Introduces the Federal and Wisconsin Income Tax laws by preparing tax returns and researching tax issues related to personal and business returns. Explores taxable and non-taxable income, filing status, dependent/exemptions deductions, adjustments to income, and various credits that can offset tax liability.

NTC Assessments Offered:

Payroll Accounting (10101135)


Introduces various payroll laws, payroll accounting systems, and procedures. Emphasizes applying payroll laws and regulations, computing wages, salaries, and payroll tax liabilities, preparing payroll reports and maintaining payroll records. Learners prepare, W-2s, W-3s, Form 941, and Form 940. Demonstrates achievement by completing a comprehensive payroll project.


Student has satisfied all of the following: [Student has completed any of the following course(s): ACCT 10101111 - Accounting 1, ACCT 10101147 - Accounting Fundamentals] And Student has satisfied all of the following: [Student has completed or is in process of completing all of the following course(s): ACCT 10101110 - Accounting Information Systems]

NTC Assessments Offered:

Quickbooks 1 (10101180)


Introduces basic accounting concepts, set up and management of QuickBooks Online company files. The learner will navigate through the software by creating a new company, entering beginning balances, service and inventory items. Introduces adding new customers and vendors by entering and paying bills, writing checks, creating invoices and sales receipts. Demonstrates achievement by producing financial reports.

Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Intuit QuickBooks Online Certification

Quickbooks 2 (10101181)


Expands on the learner's ability to manage a company chart of accounts, record purchases and process sales in QuickBooks Online. Learners will manage customer, vendor and employee records.  Learners will expand upon their base knowledge of QuickBooks Online by performing investing and financing, payroll, budgets and banking activities. The learner will enter adjusting entries, produce financial statements and other month-end reports. Through a full month simulation, the learner will check for reporting accuracy and correct common mistakes to ensure accurate financial reporting.


Student has completed or is in process of completing all of the following course(s): ACCT 10101180 - Quickbooks 1

Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Intuit QuickBooks Online Certification

Test-Out Option Term Definitions


An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.


A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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If you have questions about this program, please contact our Career Coaches at 715.803.1645.

If you have further questions regarding our Credit for Prior Learning options, please contact Student Records at or 715.803.1796.