The certificate in Introductory Accounting from Strayer University is designed to provide students with the basics in various types of accounting needed either to enter the field of accounting or to become more experienced and knowledgeable as a general manager. A certificate is a shorter program of study than an associates or bachelors degree, with a possible completion time of 6 to 9 months. Students completing their certificate in Accounting from Strayer University will complete classes in basic accounting practices and principles, basic tax planning and taxation, payroll, accounts receivable management, and auditing classes. In addition, students will use the latest in accounting software and technology to get practical and hands-on experience with what is currently being used in the field. Some of the careers open to students who gain a certificate but do not go on to earn an undergraduate degree in accounting include payroll clerk, tax preparer, or accounting clerk, among others.