Certified Public Accountant
Difference Between Public and Private
Public Accounting Firms
How to become a CPA
There are eight key steps to become a CPA. These steps are as follows:
1. You must complete a baccalaureate degree with at least 24 hours of an accounting course. Also, you must have at least 18 hours of related classes such as business law and management.
2. Pass the four sections of the CPA examination. In order to sit for the CPA exam you must provide the required information to the State Board of Accountancy which includes in most cases college transcripts, passport photos, completed application and exam fee.
3. Pass the American Institute of CPAs professional ethics exam with a score of 90 percent. This can be done online.
4. Send letters of recommendation to the appropriate State Board of Accountancy. Usually around five letters of recommendation will be required with one or two actually coming from a CPA.
5. Submit transcripts from a college showing completion of 150 credit hours, including 30 hours of accounting.
6. Provide a work history for the last ten years. If the CPA applicant has been out of high school less than ten years then a work history from graduation will be sufficient.
7. Provide certification of experience for all jobs in the CPA industry. Each State Board of Accountancy will have different requirements in regards to professional experience, so be sure to check with the appropriate Board to properly meet this requirement.
8. Submit the application, fees and a passport type photo.