TPS1 Tax Preparation Specialist, Technical Certificate of Credit

Offered at the Griffin Campus

Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Minimum Length of Program: 2 terms
Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 16

Program Description

The Tax Preparation Specialist technical certificate is designed to provide entry-level skills for tax preparers. Topics include principles of accounting, tax accounting, business calculators, mathematics, and basic computer skills.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

Course Expiration

To ensure that students graduate with current skills in Accounting, the following courses must be taken five years prior to graduation: ACCT 1115—Computerized Accounting, ACCT 1120—Spreadsheet Applications, ACCT 1125—Individual Tax Accounting, ACCT 1130—Payroll Accounting, ACCT 2120—Business Tax Accounting and ACCT 2250—Representation and Specialized Returns.

Courses transferred from other colleges also follow the five year rule.

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

Contact Us

Kwabena Banahene, D.B.A., Program Coordinator


Phone: (770) 467-6040 


Program Courses

First Term

ACCT 1100Financial Accounting I


ACCT 1125Individual Tax Accounting


Choose One: (Required)

COLL 1500Student Success



COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy


Total Credit Hours:3

Second Term

ACCT 2120Business Tax Accounting