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Becoming a CPA - What Would You Like to Know? (Part 2)

Now that you have had a chance to go over the basic steps to becoming a CPA in Part 1, it’s now time to cover some of the basics of the Uniform CPA Exam itself.

First Stop: Uniform CPA Exam Defined
"The Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (Uniform CPA Exam) is the examination administered to most people who wish to become Certified Public Accountants in the United States. The Uniform CPA Exam was developed and is maintained by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and is administered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. The CPA exam is used by the regulatory bodies of all fifty states plus the District of Columbia,Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands..."
learn more | Source: Wikipedia

Taking the CPA Examination: A Major Step to CPA Success
This page outlines all the steps necessary to sit for the CPA Exam and provides insight to the five steps of the CPA Examination process: 1) Gather Information, 2) Apply for the Examination, 3) Schedule the Examination, 4) Take the Examination and 5) Receive Scores.
get started | Source: AICPA - cpa-exam.org

CPA Exam Eligibility
"In order to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam, a person must be declared eligible to do so by one of the 55 U.S. State Boards of Accountancy.Requirements of state boards vary, but usually consist of a U.S. bachelors degree with a concentration in accounting (not necessarily an accounting degree) plus an extra year’s study (which can be either at undergraduate or graduate level). The requirement for 5 years full time equivalent study is known as the "150 hour rule" and has been adopted by the majority of state boards..."
read more | Source: Wikipedia

Passing the CPA Exam: More Than Just a Test
"There is an implicit level of respect you receive in earning the CPA designation— not just from the public at large, but also from your fellow CPAs. We may take the other requirements for granted: the years of experience, college course credits, yearly CPE credits and compliance with other standards, but all of us remember what a CPA had to go through during and in preparation for the Exam. There is a major personal cost involved…”
read article | Source: Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

Becoming A CPA @ the CPAnet Forum
Join the discussion about what it takes to Become A CPA at the CPAnet Forum. Is there a question you have in particular about becoming a CPA? If so, post your question here. You never know, your question might just be picked up for an upcoming post!

...Next: Part 3 - How to Prepare for the CPA Exam...

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