Accounting Degrees in Washington

Bellevue College

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3000 Landerholm Cir SE
(425) 564-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Paraprofessional Accounting, Associate of Arts in Paraprofessional (Accounting ), Accounting Assistant Certificate, Bookkeeping Certificate, Paraprofessional Accounting Preparation Certificate, Accounting Information Systems Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universties

Bellingham Technical College

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3028 Lindbergh Ave
(360) 752-7000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting (http://www.btc.ctc.edu/DegreesCertificates/Programs/PRG-DegreesCertificates.asp?Program=1).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universties

Big Bend Community College

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7662 Chanute St
(509) 793-2222

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts and Science - DTA in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science Accounting Technician Professional, Certificate in Accounting (http://academics.bigbend.edu/programs/acct/Pages/AssociateinAppliedSciencesDegree.aspx).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Central Washington University

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400 East University Way
(509) 963-1111

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Master of Professional Accountancy (http://www.cwu.edu/master-accounting).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Centralia College

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600 Centralia College Blvd.
(360) 736-9391 x428

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Technical Arts in Accounting, Accounting Clerk Certificate of Proficiency, Governmental Accounting Certificate of Completion, Individual Income Tax Certificate of Completion, Payroll Accountig Certificate of Completion (http://www.centralia.edu/academics/EdPlanners/COMPPAYROLLACCT.htm).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

City University of Seattle

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11900 NE First Street
(425) 637-1010 x3563

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Undergraduate Accounting Certificate, Graduate Certificate in Accounting (http://www.cityu.edu/programs/som/gc_accounting.aspx).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Clark College

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1933 Fort Vancouver Way
(360) 992-2000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Clerk Certificate, Association of Applied Science in Accounting (http://www.clark.edu/academics/catalog/2012/index.php?id=85).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Clover Park Technical College

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4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
(253) 589-5800

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Technology in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Bookkeeping Certificate (http://www.cptc.edu/cptcFunctions/docs/degree_read.php?id=1aW428QDzZvOjVolfVgVOIuwV7ASUk90U9XD_cIxIAUQ&sidebar=acct_cert.php).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Schools

Columbia Basin College

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2600 N 20th Ave
(509) 547-0511

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Applied Science in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting (http://www.columbiabasin.edu/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=200).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

DeVry University-Washington

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3600 S 344th Way
(253) 943-2800

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting (http://www.devry.edu/degree-programs/college-business-management/bachelors-accounting-about.jsp).

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management-Washington

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3600 South 344th Way
(253) 943-2800

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Accounting & Financial Management, Graduate Certificate in Accounting, Graduate Certificate in CPA Preparation (http://www.keller.edu/graduate-degree-programs/cpa-prep-certificate).

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Eastern Washington University

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526 5th Street
(509) 359-6200

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Professional Accounting (http://www.ewu.edu/cbpa/programs/accounting/accounting-degrees/acct.xml).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities )

Edmonds Community College

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20000 68th Ave W
(425) 640-1459

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Technical Arts in Accounting, Associate in Applied Science in Accounting, Associate of Technical Arts in Credit Managament, Accounting Small Business Certificate, Business Information Technology Accounting Certificate (http://catalog.edcc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=14&poid=4949).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Everest College-Vancouver

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120 NE 136th Ave Ste 130
(360) 254-3282

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Everett Community College

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2000 Tower Street
(425) 388-9100

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Technical Arts in Accounting, Bookkeeping Certificate (http://www.everettcc.edu/programs/bnec/accounting/).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Gonzaga University

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E 502 Boone Ave
(509) 328-4220

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Master of Accountancy (http://www.gonzaga.edu/academics/colleges+and+schools/School-of-Business-Administration/Graduate-Programs/Prospective-Students/academic-programs/MAcc/default.asp).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Grays Harbor College

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1620 Edward P Smith Drive
(360) 532-9020

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Applied Science in Accounting - Transfer, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Certificate in Bookkeeping (http://www.ghc.edu/voc/accounting.pdf).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Green River Community College

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12401 SE 320th St
(253) 833-9111

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Applied Arts in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting, Accounting Clerk Certificate (http://www.greenriver.edu/Documents/academic-programs/degrees/proftech/accounting_clerk_cert-p.pdf).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Heritage University

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3240 Fort Rd
(509) 865-8500

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting (http://www.heritage.edu/AcademicPrograms/CollegeofArtsandSciences/AccountingDepartment.aspx).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Highline Community College

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2400 S 240th St
(206) 878-3710

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting, Certificate in Accounts Receivable/Payable, Certificate in Bookkeeping (http://cg.highline.edu/accounting.php).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

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11605 132nd Ave NE
(425) 739-8100

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Accounting Paraprofessional Certificate, Practical Accounting Certificate, Accounting Assistant Certificate, I-BEST Accounting Assistant Certificate (http://www.lwtech.edu/academics/programs_of_study/accounting/accounting_outline.html).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Lower Columbia College

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1600 Maple Street
(360) 442-2311

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting - Transfer (http://www.lowercolumbia.edu/nr/exeres/2D23B082-A218-4CA2-9CC5-0BA422EF23FB).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Northwest University

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5520 108th Ave NE
(425) 822-8266

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Finance and Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Sccreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Olympic College

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1600 Chester Ave
(360) 792-6050

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Applied Science in Accounting Technology - Transfer, Associate in Technical Arts in Accounting Technology ), Accounting Clerk Certificate, Tax Preparer Certificate, Payroll Clerk Certificate (http://www.olympic.edu/Students/DegreesCertificates/Accounting/accounting-CRs.htm).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Pacific Lutheran University

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1010 122nd St So
(253) 531-6900

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Peninsula College

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1502 E Lauridsen Blvd
(360) 452-9277

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting - Transfer (http://www.pencol.edu/sites/default/files/BA%20Accounting%20AAS-T%20Degree.pdf).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom

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9401 Farwest Dr SW
(253) 964-6500

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate Degree in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting (http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/dept/accounting/ref/files/certificate_accounting.pdf).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Pierce College at Puyallup

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1601 39th Ave SE
(253) 840-8400

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate Degree in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting (http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/dept/accounting/ref/files/certificate_accounting.pdf).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Renton Technical College

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3000 NE Fourth St
(425) 235-2352

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Clerk Certificate, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Paraprofessional, Accouting Paraprofessional Certificate, Associate of Applied Science in Accouting - Transfer, Certificate in Practical Accounting for Small Business (http://www.rtc.edu/Programs/TrainingPrograms/AccountingPractical/).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Saint Martin’s University

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5000 Abbey Way SE
(360) 491-4700

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting (http://www.stmartin.edu/business/accounting/).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Seattle Community College-North Campus

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9600 College Way North
(206) 934-3600

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Accounting Paraprofessional Certificate, Advanced Tax Preparation Certificate, Bookkeeping Certificate in Accounting, Certificate of Accountancy, Computerized Accounting Technology Certificate(http://www.sccd.ctc.edu/DISTRICT/collegecatalog/programDetail.aspx?col=063&pid=58&lo=All&searchBy=Keyword&keyword=accounting).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Seattle Community College-South Campus

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6000 16th Ave SW
(206) 934-5300

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Certificate, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Associate on Applied Science in Accounting - Transfer (http://www.sccd.ctc.edu/DISTRICT/collegecatalog/programDetail.aspx?col=064&pid=255&lo=All&searchBy=Keyword&keyword=accounting).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Seattle Pacific University

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3307 3rd Ave W
(206) 281-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's Degree in Accounting (http://www.spu.edu/acad/UGCatalog/20123/SchoolsColleges/SBE/accounting.asp).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Seattle University

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900 Broadway
(206) 296-6000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Accounting, Master of Professional Accounting (http://www.seattleu.edu/albers/mpac/).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Seattle Vocational Institute

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2120 S Jackson
(206) 934-4950

Institution Type:

< 2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Computer-Based Accounting (http://sviweb.sccd.ctc.edu/p_bc_cba.htm).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Shoreline Community College

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16101 Greenwood Ave N
(206) 546-4101

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Arts & Sciences in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting, Accounting Clerk Certificate, Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk Certificate, Payroll Clerk Certificate, Tax Preparer Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Skagit Valley College

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2405 E. College Way
(360) 416-7600

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Technical Arts in Accounting Paraprofessional, Bookkeeping Certificate (http://www.skagit.edu/sampschd_nav.asp_Q_pagenumber_E_2719#4).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

South Puget Sound Community College

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2011 Mottman Rd SW
(360) 596-5241

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Applied Science in Accounting, Accounting Clerk Certificate (http://www.spscc.ctc.edu/files/fetch/groups/programs/PPG/accounting.pdf).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Spokane Community College

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1810 North Greene Street
(509) 533-8020

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Assistant, Accounting Clerk Certificate, Associate of Arts in Accounting - Transfer (http://catalog.spokane.edu/CoursesAndPrograms/program.aspx?pcasn=602&pcdasn=1375&optasn=1293&yrq=B234).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Tacoma Community College

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6501 S 19th St
(253) 566-5000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Certificate (, Associate in Applied Science in Accounting (http://www.tacomacc.edu/catalog/12-13catalog/accounting.htm).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commision on Colleges and Universities

University of Phoenix-Western Washington Campus

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7100 Fort Dent Way
(452) 572-1600

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts with a Concentration in Accounting Foundations, Assocaiton of Arts with a Concentration in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting , Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting, Master of Science in Accountancy (http://www.phoenix.edu/programs/degree-programs/business-and-management/masters/msa/v001.html).

Accrediting Agency:

The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

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1400 NE Campus Parkway
(206) 543-2100

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a specialty in Accounting, Master of Professional Accounting, Ph.D. in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting (http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/accounting.html).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

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1900 Commerce St
(253) 692-4000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a specialty in Accounting, Master of Accounting (http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/milgard-school-business/master-accounting-0).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Walla Walla Community College

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500 Tausick Way
(509) 522-2500

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences in Accounting Technology, Bookkeeping Certificate (http://www.wwcc.edu/CMSX/main.php?module=department&collegecode=200&deptcode=ACCT).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Washington State University

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French Administration Building
(509) 335-3564

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master of Accounting (http://admission.wsu.edu/academics/fos/Public/field.castle?id=7517).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Wenatchee Valley College

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1300 Fifth St
(509) 682-6800

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Technical Arts in Accounting/General Business

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Western Washington University

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516 High Street
(360) 650-3000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Accounting (http://www.cbe.wwu.edu/acct/).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Whatcom Community College

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237 W Kellogg Rd
(360) 383-3000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificatein in Accounting for AP, AR, and Inventory, Certficate in Governmental/Not-for-profit Accounting, Certificate in Individual Income Tax (http://www.whatcom.ctc.edu/degrees-and-programs/professional-and-tech-degrees/business/business-administration/#Degree_and_certificates).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Whitworth University

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300 W Hawthorne Rd
(509) 777-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting (http://www.whitworth.edu/Academic/Department/SGCM/BusinessEconomics/Majors&Minors.htm).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Yakima Valley Community College

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South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd.
(509) 574-4600

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting, Accounting Clerk Certificate (http://www.yvcc.edu/Students/AcademicOptions/Programs/WED/Business/Pages/AccountingClerk.aspx).

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Educational Requirements

Candidates for CPA licensure in Washington must hold at least a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree and have completed 150 credit hours with 24 hours in accounting courses with at least 15 hours at the upper or graduate level and 24 hours in business courses.

Salary

In May 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that 21,950 accountants and auditors were employed in Washington. The annual mean wage for accountants and auditors in Washington in 2011 was $66,930.

CPA Licensing in Washington

Washington CPAs are licensed by the Washington Board of Accountancy. To become licensed, a person must first take the CPA exam after meeting the following requirements:

  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a board-approved accredited institution.
  • Completed 150 credit hours with 24 hours of accounting courses with at least 15 hours at the upper or graduate level and 24 hours of business courses.

Requirements to be issued a certificate (license):

  • Pass the CPA exam.
  • Meet good character requirements
  • Complete the AICPA’s professional ethics course with a passing grade of 90 or above.
  • Verify 12 months or 2,000 hours of experience obtained through the practice of public accounting and/or employment in industry or government.

Continuing Education Requirements

Washington CPA licenses are renewed every three years. Washington CPAs must complete 120 credit hours of continuing professional education (CPE) within each three-year cycle including four CPE hours in board-approved ethics and regulations courses. LearningMarket.org features a searchable database of providers for CPE courses.

Accounting Jobs in Washington

Three of the “big four” accounting firms have locations in Washington, including Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and KPMG, and offer potential employment for CPAs. Popular areas of employment for Washington CPAs include real estate leasing, software publishing, aerospace manufacturing, healthcare, and enterprise management. The Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants provides regularly updated job listings for Washington CPAs.