Accounting & Payroll Clerk Diploma Program

Accounting & Payroll Clerk Diploma Program

100% of the program is online

What is an Accounting & Payroll Clerk?

Every paycheck, every vendor and every employee is dependent to some degree on accounting and payroll specialists. Without this important and fundamental business unit, employees would not be paid, materials could not be purchased and the business as a whole could not operate financially.

Accounting & Payroll Clerks make companies tick and are an essential part of almost any business. Their primary role is to audit, process and record inbound and outbound transactions and to ensure their employer’s bookkeeping is correct. Some duties that are commonly found in an accounting and payroll job include recording transactions, processing payments, reporting on financials and issuing employee paychecks.

For detail-oriented individuals, who enjoy working in an office setting, accounting & payroll may be a great career choice.

What Career Options are Available as an Accounting & Payroll Clerk?

Accounting and payroll positions have many different career paths. For one, accounting and payroll are found in almost every business and in every industry. Just walk into a business and you are bound to find a clerk, specialist or bookkeeper that is dedicated to accurately reporting the company’s finances. In many larger companies, accounting and payroll positions may be highly specialized, focusing on specific areas such as accounts payable, accounts receivable or employee payroll. While in smaller companies, one accounting and payroll employee may handle all of the above.

Individuals who enter accounting and payroll careers, generally work in an office setting and are supervised by an accounting or finance manager. As you gain more experience in your career, there may be opportunities for advancement and the chance to manage others. It is truly a great career with many, many different options to choose from.

How do I Start an Accounting & Payroll Clerk Program?

There are several paths to starting a career in accounting and payroll. However, one of the best ways to enter is through a diploma program. Accounting & Payroll Diploma programs offer you the opportunity to learn invaluable tools that may help you succeed in your career.

At Stautzenberger, our Accounting and Payroll program prepares individuals professionally and academically to work in a business or payroll dedicated position. All courses are available online, so you can learn from home or utilize the Rockford computer lab. Course work in payroll includes Practices and System Fundamentals, Laws and Regulations, Payroll Processes and Procedures, Payroll Accounting. Additional courses in this program include: Computerized Accounting, Income Tax Accounting and other business-related course work.

Why Choose Our College?

For 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. Over the years, we have kept pace with the needs of businesses to ensure that the skills they need are the skills we teach. At Rockford Career College, our goal is student success. Students gather in Rockford in a friendly, small-class environment that feels like home. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors all of whom have real-world experience in their field. Classes are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. During the last quarter of your program, you’ll even enter an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work. All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 7 months


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After you complete the Accounting & Payroll Clerk Diploma program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Business Administration Associate Degree completion program.  That's only 14 months total to get an associate degree.

Online program

Courses address Payroll: Practices and System Fundamentals, Laws and Regulations, Payroll Processes and Procedures, Payroll Accounting

Additional courses include: Computerized Accounting, Income Tax Accounting and other courses to meet business goals.

Students are encouraged to obtain entry-level employment as a payroll clerk, accounting clerk, bookkeeper or related field.