Online Accounting Certificates

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Gain additional skills is assurance or taxation.

The 12-credit certificates in Assurance and Taxation prepare you to advance your accounting career.

There’s never been a better time – or a better way – to take your business career to the next level. With PennWest’s post-baccalaureate certificates in Accounting, you can gain additional skills in one of two high-demand fields – Assurance or Taxation.

Delivered entirely online, you can continue to work in your profession while you complete the 12 credits required for this certificate. Like all PennWest programs, you will learn under the guidance of expert faculty, each with specific industry experience. They will serve as your mentors as you progress through the coursework.

The Certificate in Accounting can serve as preparation for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, or as a springboard to the highly desirable Masters of Accountancy program.


PennWest has two different accounting certificates to choose from taught by renowned MBA faculty with specialized expertise.


Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10% or more through 2026, faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

CPA Exam

Use this certificate as preparation for the CPA exam. 

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Both certificate programs are 100% online.




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Post-Baccalaureate Certificates


Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Resume if under 3.0 GPA
  • Foundation Courses: (Intro to Financial Accounting and Intro to Managerial Accounting)

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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