Bookkeeping & Accounting

RIC Outreach Programs are available to qualified students in need of training and employment, including clients of the Rhode Island
Department of Labor & Training (DLT), the Department of Human
Services Family Independence Program (DHS), and the Office of
Rehabilitative Services (ORS). Other potential funding sources may apply.


​Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funded training may be provided only to individuals who qualify for the program, and only if funds are available.

The Bookkeeping & Accounting certificate program teaches skills in manual and computerized accounting and bookkeeping functions, including preparation and maintenance of ledgers, journals, adjusting and closing entries, basic financial statements, cash and banking procedures, payroll, and accounts payable & receivable.


The course will give students who have minimal or no previous knowledge of accounting a basic understanding of accounting and bookkeeping principles, and procedures used to record, classify, and summarize financial data. Students will become familiar with accounting terminology, financial records, forms, and statements currently used in industry. This program also includes in-office training and computer skills, business math, and job development skills.

All course textbooks and materials are included with your tuition.

Rhode Island College

​Outreach Programs

600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue - East Campus, Bldg. 8

Providence, Rhode Island 02908


Main Phone: (401) 456-8698

Fax: (401) 456-8582

Recruitment Phone: (401) 456-8902

ESOL Recruitment: (401) 456-4754

Recruitment Email: outreachprograms@ric.edu

Program Information


This program runs for 24 weeks with students completing up to 30 hours per week, depending on their individualized learning plan.

Includes internship, job readiness skills and job placement assistance.


Monday-Friday 9AM - 3PM


​Fall 2017 classes begin on September 18.

Spring classes begin on January 16, 2018.


Comprehensive training includes:

- Manual and computerized               accounting procedures includes       extensive training in QuickBooks     and Excel accounting programs

- Business writing and                       communication skills

- Northstar computer literacy             certification

- Microsoft Office and typing skills

- Work readiness skills include:         business etiquette, cover letters,     resumes, job search techniques,     mock interviews, job placement       and reference assistance

- A 120-hour minimum internship in   an accounting office will get you       real work experience and have       you well prepared to enter the         workforce

- Financial literacy seminar

- Food and Nutrition Education           seminar

- Independent learning plans

- Individual counseling and job           coaching


- Case management and tutoring


Who is eligible?

- High School Diploma or GED

- Pass a BCI background check 

- Students motivated to learn new     skills and start in an entry level       position.  

​- Advanced ESL proficiency is a        pre-requirement for this course.  Outreach provides the necessary  comprehensive ESL services and  foundational courses in math and  English to assure student success.  These services are supported by  the RI Department of Education,  and are provided free of charge to  qualified applicants. 


Please call to discuss financial options: