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Heartland Community College

Certificate - Paraprofessional Accounting Assistant

28 credit hours

Catalog Year 2022-2023

Students will learn skills needed to work as a paraprofessional accounting assistant. Students will gain experience in payroll accounts, tax preparation service, while assisting them to prepare for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Special Enrollment Exam (SEE) to become an Enrolled Agent.  An Enrolled Agent has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the IRS.  Only enrolled agents, attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs) have unlimited practice rights before the IRS.  Unlimited practice rights mean that they are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can practice before.  Enrolled Agents must adhere to ethical standards provided by Treasury Department Circular 230 and are required to complete 72 hours of continuing education courses every three years. You will also learn skills needed to work as a Paraprofessional Accountant doing accounting write-up work, payroll preparation, payroll tax preparation and sales tax preparation.   


Students also earn Bookkeeping* Certificate and Enrolled Agent** Certificate.

Class Title Credit Hours
ATEC 120 Small Business Accounting*
ATEC 130 Computerized Accounting Applications* 3
ATEC 150 Payroll Accounting* 3
ATEC 205 Individual Income Taxation** 3
ATEC 206 Business Income Taxation** 4
ATEC 207 Ethics, Tax Administration and Planning** 3
BTEC 115 Business Communication 3
BTEC 145 Employment Success Strategies 1
BTEC 150 Customer Relations 1
CTEC 136 Excel Level I 1

CTEC 137

Excel Level II 1

Elective Course

Choose at least 2 hours from: 

Total Credit Hours 28

Information is subject to change. Please check with an academic advisor for current course offerings and program requirements. Current students with continual enrollment may graduate under the current program requirements or any program requirements in effect since first enrollment.

The U.S. Department of Education's gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information to students and prospective students. Gainful employment programs are those " that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."
Please review the information pertaining to your certificate program by selecting your intended program at the Heartland Community College Career Coach

Contact Us

Business Department
ICN 2000
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 268-8640
Fax: (309) 268-7963


Jeremy McClure

Dean, STEM and Business
ICN 2021
Phone: (309) 268-8655

Brian Brennan

Associate Dean, STEM and Business
ICB 2417
Phone: (309) 268-8639