Accounting at Aquinas College

Accounting and Auditing Certificate Program

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“This Accounting and Auditing certificate program is perfect for anyone interested in gaining some insight into the financial world. I highly recommend this program to anyone that would like to familiarize themselves with the basics or thinking of furthering their education in this field.”
Rashell Davis, '22
AP/AR Manager, Highway Horticulture

“This experience has been good for me. I feel that I learned a lot and will use it in my day-to-day activities.”
Kari Czachowrski, '22
Accounts Payable, Alma College

About the Program

The Accounting and Auditing Certificate Program (AACP) provides training for non-CPA professionals in financial accounting, accounting systems, risk assessment, and auditing.
Managers, operational leads, financial analysts, IT professionals, and others who work with auditors (internal or external), accountants, or accounting information will benefit from the program—as will their employing organizations.
Program participants will improve their:
  • understanding of financial statements and ability to analyze organization results.
  • skills in identifying and reducing financial risk and establishing strong internal controls.
  • knowledge of the role of internal and external audit in addressing risk and improving financial performance.
The AACP is designed with the rigor of an Aquinas College accounting course, with successful completion of the program a notable achievement.

Program Details

  • Fall 2023: Runs September 7 through November 9
  • 10-week program consists of synchronous virtual sessions (Thursdays 6:00 – 9:00 pm ET) along with asynchronous learning
  • Led by team of three full-time Aquinas College accounting professors
  • Weekly homework assignments, periodic quizzes and exams, and audit simulation

What We Cover

  • Accounting and auditing fundamentals
  • Financial statement and ratio analysis, accounting for specific balances
  • Introduction to accounting systems (link between IT and accounting), system risks, business processes and controls
  • Experiential internal and external audit simulation: audit purpose, risk assessment, audit testing, and reporting

Total Investment

  • $2,500 program tuition includes all fees and access to customized ebook
  • Approximately 6 to 10 hours per week of study time outside of class

Your Instructors

Anthony Burdick, M.S, C.P.A.
Chair, Accounting Department, Associate Professor of Accounting

Kevin D. Cantley

Kevin D. Cantley, M.B.A., C.P.A., C.G.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Accounting

Brad Keuning, M.B.A., C.P.A.
Assistant Professor of Accounting

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“According to the AICPA, non-accounting graduates now comprise more than 30% of the new hires in public accounting. Many of these professionals are working with accounting and auditing teams implementing technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation, and data analysis. The Accounting Department at Aquinas College is in a unique position to offer a certification program for these professionals to be more effective in a short period of time.”
David G Echelbarger, CPA, CGMA 
Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm & Co., P.C.