While it is not possible to earn a degree in QuickBooks, there are certificate programs and standalone classes that provide instruction in using this software.
Schools with QuickBooks Programs
Interested students can learn how to use QuickBooks at the following colleges:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Program Type||Tuition (2015-2016)|
|College of Southern Nevada||Henderson, NV||4-year, Public||Class within bookkeeping certificate program||$2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state*|
|Tarrant County College District||Hurst, TX||2-year, Public||Class||$125**|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Class||$199-$269**|
|Salt Lake Community College||Salt Lake City, UT||2-year, Public||Class||$59-$325**|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville, FL||4-year, Public||Class||$399-$429**|
|El Paso Community College||El Paso, TX||2-year, Public||Course||$350 (2017)**|
|College of DuPage||Glen Ellyn, IL||2-year, Public||Class||$185-$215 (2017)**|
|Palm Beach State College||Lake Worth, FL||2-year, Public||Class||$90-$200 (2017)**|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website
School Selection Criteria
Given the differences between QuickBooks training options, it is important to consider the following when looking for QuickBooks schools:
- The time commitment for a full certificate program is much greater than for an individual class, so it's important to consider how each option fits into your schedule.
- Individual classes cover less material than certificate programs, so students may want to consider how far in-depth they want to study QuickBooks when choosing a program.
- Courses may be offered at both the basic and intermediate levels, so students should consider their previous educational experience before enrolling.
- There are different versions of QuickBooks, so students should be sure that the school provides instruction in the version they plan to use.
Many community colleges and technical schools offer standalone professional development/continuing education courses in QuickBooks. Students in these classes learn how to use QuickBooks software for accounting purposes; courses may cover topics such as recording transactions, setting up recurring entries and automating budget updates. It is usually easiest to find beginner-level courses, but intermediate and advanced classes are also available. Although these programs do not award a degree or certificate, they may provide continuing education (CEU) credits that working professionals can use to meet the requirements of employers or professional certification organizations.
Bookkeeping Certificate Programs
Bookkeeping certificate programs prepare students for state licensure exams. In addition to an introduction to basic accounting and business principles, this training often includes courses in QuickBooks. Prospective students who are considering an entry-level bookkeeper job may want to choose a broader certificate program over a single QuickBooks class.
If you want to learn how to use QuickBooks, you may be able to find a training course or certificate program at a public college.