In order to qualify for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, you must have completed a bachelors degree program with an emphasis on business and accounting. While in college you should be sure to gain a background knowledge in finance, economics, management, cost and audit accounting, business law, ethics, international business, information technology, marketing, statistics, and communications. The CPA exam is divided into four sections and typically takes around fourteen hours to complete. The sections are Auditing and Attestation, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Regulation, and Business Environment and Concepts.
You must be proficient in accounting and accounting related technologies before qualifying to take the CPA exam. Candidates should have solid research skills and experience working with a team of professionals. Other important qualifications include strong analytical abilities and good written and verbal communication skills.
Requirements vary from state to state, but CPA candidates are usually required to have at least two years of public accounting experience to qualify for the exam. Some regions allow for related practical experience in a government job or the private sector.
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