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Accounting Overview

If you enjoy working with numbers, have strong math skills, and have an interest in a business career, pursuing an accounting degree is the right choice. CVTC offers a two-year Accounting associate degree. The accounting classes will teach you how to:

  • Set up and maintain accounting records and systems
  • Analyze financial records
  • Prepare individual and small business tax returns
  • Prepare monthly and year-end financial reports
  • Calculate, record, and make required payroll deposits and filings

CVTC’s faculty works with industry professionals to determine the skills they are looking for in accountants. Most companies and businesses want accountants to have excellent problem solving and communication skills. CVTC’s Accounting program helps develop these skills.

Part of a career pathway, you will already have credits toward the Accounting program if you completed the Accounting Assistant technical diploma or Bookkeeper certificate at CVTC. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

Career Opportunities


Accounts Receivable

Credit Analyst

Financial Coordinator

Tax Preparer

Graduate Employers


Chippewa Valley Technical College

Midwest Manufacturing

Spectrum Insurance Group

Waumandee State Bank

Just the Facts

61 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Program Location //
August and January

Start Months //
August and January

Start Dates //
August and January


Financial Aid Eligible

Estimated Program Cost 

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 Estimated Total: $10,458

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Accounting program.

Accounting Spreadsheets
Students will utilize a variety of financial analysis, and database functions, as they create, format, and modify worksheets using Microsoft Office.

Intro to QuickBooks
Build an entire service company in QuickBooks from start to finish. Create invoices, pay bills, and manage inventory. You will reconcile bank accounts and generate numerous reports and financial statements. Finally, you will import and export data and explore add-on apps for QuickBooks.

Cost Accounting
Topics include budgeting, standard cost variances, direct costing, and break-even analysis.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

Technical Diplomas

Accounting AssistantBookkeeper

Associate Degree


Accounting Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

// Program Outcomes


57% of our recent Accounting graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Accounting graduates reported an average starting salary of $36,763.


Regional Jobs

There are 495 job openings in the CVTC district for the Accounting industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.


Focus On Student Success

My experience in the CVTC Accounting program has been awesome. I absolutely loved every one of my teachers. They made sure you retained the information and weren’t just preparing to take a test.

Dakota, Accounting Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Accounting Assistant, Technical Diploma

Bookkeeper, Technical Diploma

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation

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The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn. Visit accreditation website.