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Certificate of Achievement
Finance

The Finance Certificate of Achievement is designed for students who desire to complete a course of study in financial services to gain skills and knowledge and to obtain entry-level finance positions in small and medium-sized businesses. It will provide students with basic accounting skills combined with training in financial planning and will serve as an excellent foundation for those choosing to take the National Association of Securities Dealers series 6 or 7 examinations. It consists of 17 units and can be completed in 2 semesters if a student is attending full time.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
FIN 101 - Introduction to Financial PlanningM3.0
FIN 101 - Introduction to Financial Planning (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of financial planning, and is designed to provide students with tools needed to achieve their personal financial goals. Students will learn to make informed decisions related to spending, saving, borrowing, and investing by applying quantitative reasoning concepts. Course topics include the financial planning process, budgeting, cash flow, debt consolidation, investing, and retirement planning.

ACCT 105 - Income Tax AccountingM4.0
ACCT 105 - Income Tax Accounting (4.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; ACCT 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course covers Federal and California State income tax laws and preparation as related to individuals and small business entities. Emphasis is placed upon income inclusion, exclusion, exemptions, capital gains and losses, and business and individual deductions. Students who successfully complete the course with at least a “C” grade will be certified by the California Tax Education Council as fulfilling the 60-hour qualifying education requirement (45 federal hours and 15 California hours) imposed by the State of California for becoming a Registered Tax Preparer.

ACCT 110 - Excel for Business and AccountingM1.0
ACCT 110 - Excel for Business and Accounting (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: ACCT 101
Advisory: CIT 107
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for individuals seeking to enhance entry level Microsoft Excel spreadsheet skills in a business and accounting environment. Students will learn how and why Excel is used for analyzing data, managing budgets, forecasting and modeling financial performance in business.

Total Semester Units:8.0 
2nd Semester
FIN 102 - Fundamentals of Financial Management and InvestingM3.0
FIN 102 - Fundamentals of Financial Management and Investing (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: FIN 101
Advisory: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:UC,CSU

This course will provide an introduction to financial management and investment decision making involving stocks, bonds, mutual funds, government securities, options, and real estate. Topics include asset allocation principles, modern portfolio theory, investment tools and strategies, diversification, and tax implications of investments. This course is designed for students interested in pursuing a finance certificate or entry-level position in financial planning.

Select one: BUSL 110 / MGMT 108 M3.0
BUSL 110 - Legal Environment of Business (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit from UC for only one of the following courses: BUSL 110 or BUSL 220)

This course examines the legal regulatory, and international environment of business. Included are the topics of alternative dispute resolution, the forms of business organization, regulations affecting employment, and current environmental statutes. Case studies are used to discuss torts, crimes, contracts and sales, warranty and product liability, labor law, employment discrimination, and environmental law.

MGMT 108 - Business Writing (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU

The course covers the principles of effective writing in business. Extensive experience is provided using the different forms of business writing-memorandums, letters, reports, and resumes. Cultural differences and their impact on communicating in business will be studied. This course is designed for students pursuing careers in business.

ACCT 106 - Computerized AccountingM3.0
ACCT 106 - Computerized Accounting (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 030 or MATH 030D or MATH 033 or appropriate placement; ACCT 100(Formerly ACCT 090); ACCT 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide students with a sound basic knowledge of how computerized integrated accounting systems function. Students will be processing accounting data using receivables, payables, inventory, payroll and project modules. This course is designed for accounting majors, those interested in starting a small business, and those interested in pursuing entry-level positions in the field of accounting.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
Total Units for Finance COA program 17.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
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M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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