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Accounting (ACC) ...the Language of Business

The Accounting program prepares students for entry level positions in private and public businesses. Learning centers on the accounting equation (assets = liabilities + equity). The accounting cycle, recording financial transactions, and preparing financial statements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students are prepared to:
  • Perform basic accounting tasks and business math skills to maintain accurate accounting systems in for-profit organizations.
  • Communicate with stake holders in a manner that reflects organizational culture and sensitivity to diverse customer and community needs.
  • Perform basic office functions using standard and emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrate, in a work environment, effective self-management through efficient use of time and personal commitments.
  • Participate effectively in individual and group decision making.
  • Use critical thinking skills to make decisions that reflect legal and ethical standards of the accounting profession.

Student Learning Outcome Assessment

We are committed to quality learning through the systematic assessment of our program and course learning outcomes.

Click here to view the Instructional Program Assessment Reports and Plans

What Do We Have To Offer?

No matter what career you choose, success in the workplace requires:

  • Managing money and resources intelligently
  • Applying critical thinking and communications skills
  • Maintaining high standards of professional ethics and personal integrity

By erolling in the Hawaiʻi Community College Accounting Program, students learn & develop these skills, competencies & values.

The Accounting Program offers a Certificate of Achievement in Accounting (CA) and an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS).

Accounting Careers:

Certificate of Achievement in Accounting Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Upon satisfactory completion of 31 credits, a student earns a Certificate of Achievement and would be prepared for the following careers:

  • Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk
  • Assistant to a full charge bookkeeper
  • Entry level clerk in public accounting
  • Property Manager Account Clerk

Upon satisfactory completion of 61 credits, a student earns an Associate in Applied Science degree and would be prepared for all the Certificate of Achievement careers as well as:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Paraprofessional in Public Accounting
  • Entry Level Loan Officer
  • QuickBooks Consultant
  • Tax Preparer
  • Small Business Office Manager
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Cost Accounting Clerk


Hawaii Community College instructors gave me more than basic instruction. They helped me see possibilities I didn't see before. I was inspired.

One accounting class project in particular inspired me to have my own business. That was almost 25 years ago. This year will be 20 years of having my own practice.
Zenda Pabilona, LMT
owner/operator of small business in downtown Hilo
1989 AS degree in Accounting, Hawaii CC


Gainful Employment Disclosure

Beginning July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation". We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

The data includes occupations, placement rates, on-time completion rates, average costs and program median loan debt.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Accounting Certificate of Achievement (CA) Program


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Contact Information
Hawaiʻi Community College
Business Education and Technology Division
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Phone: (808) 934-2550
Fax: (808) 974-7755