CPA CAREERS, career as certified public accountant

Certified Public Accountant

If you are considering pursuing CPA careers, you should know that CPA’s are the most trained and experienced category of accountantsCPA’s,are continuously required to sit for the Continuing Professional Educational courses in order to keep up to date with what is happening in the accounting industry.

Even though all CPA’s are accountants, not all accountants are CPA’s.

How to become a CPA

There are 3 ways one can become a CPA.

  • First choice is to complete your Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in an accounting or finance related field. Then you can apply for CPA exams. Most people self study for the exams.
  • The second choice is to complete any other program that the Accountancy Board may deem fit or necessary. Alternatively you will need to complete a program that is accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business
  • The third choice is that which the State Board for Public Accountancy requires you have at least 15 years of experience in the accounting field before you can apply to sit for your CPA’s.

Once you qualify to sit for the CPA exams, pick any jurisdiction that you would like to be licensed in to review whether you meet the requirements for that jurisdiction as demanded by the Accountancy Board. These requirements are available on the Accountancy Boards website. Each state in the United States has an Accountancy Board, which draws up the requirements for each state.

Then register for the CPA examinations and know your exam schedule and testing center.

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Career paths

You can choose to work in firms or start your own accounting firm.

CPA Courses, training, programs

You have a large choice base for courses since most colleges and Universities including certification online courses meet the curriculum requirements for potential CPA’s. To be eligible for CPA qualifications, you should at least have an average of a C in your accounting subjects in your undergraduate. In your graduate level, you should have an average of a B.  The Accountancy Board also requires one to submit any post-high school qualifications you may have achieved.

Classes you should take in your third and fourth year in your undergraduate program to be eligible for CPA qualifications involve financialaccounting, auditing and federal taxation.

CPA Schools/colleges, degree

As a prerequisite, you will need at least 120 academic hours in your undergraduate course if your objective is to have a CPA careerCPA’s are usually prepared and examined by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAC). Some of the areas you will be tested in include accounting laws, accounting regulations, general ethic and accounting principles.

TOP 5 colleges/ Universities that offer accredited Accounting Courses for CPA qualification.

Regis University School of Management

College of Saint Rose School of Business

Strayer University

University of Maryland

Philadelphia University

CPA Jobs opportunities, salaries/pay.

The job outlook for CPA’s is positive since CPA’s are in high demand especially in accounting firms. On average, the pay for CPA’s is $36,000 for entry level jobs in local firms. You can earn as much as $44,000 if you are working for a national firm. Your CPA certification gives employers confidence in your accounting and ethical abilities during job recruitment.

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  1. Jinson Joseph says:

    iam currently pursuing my graduation in Accounts and Finace(Second Year,4 sem) From Mumbai Board, India. I would Like to enroll for CPA after graduation in 2013. How should i go forward?. Please Help

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