Programs in accounting prepare students for work as accountants, examining and preparing financial records for private industry, government agencies, individuals, and non-profit entities. General accountants use computers to record transactions, such as receivables, payables, payroll and property into a general ledger. 

Corporate accountants set up and design accounting systems and procedures, risk management programs, and analyze and evaluate financial records for businesses. Their duties include ensuring legal compliance, interpreting financial information and preparing reports for business executives and government regulatory agencies. Advancement includes opportunities as senior accountant, controller, treasurer, and chief financial officer. Certified Professional Accountants (CPAs) are those who have attained professional certification by the state.

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Santa Monica College also offers a California Tax Education Council (CTEC) approved qualifying tax course that teaches you everything you need to know to legally prepare tax returns. For additional information can be found here.

Degrees and Programs

You must apply for A.A. degrees and Certificates of Achievement at the Admissions Office:

All department certificates under 18 units are to be submitted to the Business office located in B220. Please complete the top half of the application and attach a copy of your transcript. You may log into Corsair Connect to download a copy of your unofficial transcript. Please highlight or underline the courses required for the certificate on your transcript. All required courses must have a letter grade of C or higher. Courses listed as “In Progress” are not valid.

You may drop off the application at the Business office during normal hours of operation from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. You may also mail your application to the following address:

SMC Business Dept.
Attn: Sal Veas
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Please note, your certificate will be mailed to the address listed on your application.  Please allow up to 3 weeks to receive your certificate.

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