The Small Business Bookkeeping Certificate is a 14 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

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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.

Pre/Corequisite: 10-804-123 MATH WITH BUSINESS APPLICATIONS or 10-804-107 COLLEGE MATH.

NTC Assessments Offered:
Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • CLEP® Financial Accounting



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. Explores state tax laws.

Prerequisite: 10-101-111 ACCOUNTING 1 or 10-101-147 ACCOUNTING FUNDAMENTALS. Pre/Corequisite: 10-103-242 EXCEL 2016 LEVEL 1.

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QUICKBOOKS 1 (10101180)


Introduces basic accounting concepts, set up and management of QuickBooks company files. The learner will navigate through the software by setting up users, entering beginning balances, and creating non-inventory items. Introduces customers and vendors by entering and paying bills, writing checks, creating invoices and sales receipts. Demonstrates achievement by producing reports and graphs.

Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Intuit QuickBooks Online Certification

QUICKBOOKS 2 (10101181)


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

Pre/Corequisite: 10-101-180 QUICKBOOKS 1.

Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Intuit QuickBooks Online Certification

EXCEL LEVEL 1 (10103242)


Introduces learners to the basic concepts of using Microsoft Excel with hands-on, project based activities. Learners will develop foundational skills by applying concepts explored to effectively utilize the functions and features of Microsoft Excel including creating worksheets, entering/editing data, selecting cells/ranges, creating basic charts, formatting entries and creating/modifying basic formulas.

NTC Assessments Offered:
Industry Credentials Accepted:
  • Microsoft Office Specialist - Office Excel 2019



This course covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuity, apply math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, apply math concepts to the selling process and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.

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This course is designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of: 1) arithmetic and algebra; 2) geometry and trigonometry; and 3) probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures and summarizing and analyzing data.

NTC Assessments Offered:
National Exams Accepted:
  • CLEP® College Mathematics

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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