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Becoming a CPA - What Would You Like to Know? (Part 1)

Maybe you have already decided to become a CPA or maybe you are still thinking about it.  Either way, there’s some basic groundwork that needs to be covered before you venture off to take the CPA Exam.  More importantly, what does it take to add those three special letters by your name?  This series is designed to explore resources and hopefully ultimately address what you would like to know about becoming a CPA.  Part 1 covers some basics including the AICPA’s role in the CPA process.

First Stop: CPA Defined
"Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is the statutory title of qualified accountants in the United States who have passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (developed and maintained by the AICPA), and have met additional state education and experience requirements for certification as a CPA..."
learn more | Source: Wikipedia

Steps to Becoming a CPA (PowerPoint presentation)
"This presentation includes information on eligibility requirements, testing, and steps to take toward certification.  It can be used as general information or to talk to students about the requirements CPA journey..."
view presentation | Source: AICPA

FAQs: Becoming a CPA
"You may be wondering how far you can go with an accounting degree.  Or the difference between an accountant and a CPA.  Get honest, realistic answers to the most commonly asked questions, such as: 1) What is accounting and why is it important? 2) Are CPAs and accountants the same thing? and 3) What is a CPA and what do they do?..."
read FAQ | Source: AICPA

Real-Life CPAs
"As a CPA you’ll work with people from all over the place, with all kinds of interests beyond numbers.  And they’ll be smart.  Many of the most successful businesspeople got their start in accounting, from business owners to Chief Executive Officers..."
meet real CPAs | Source: AICPA

What Would You Like to Know about Becoming a CPA?  Post your unanswered questions here in the Becoming A CPA section at the CPAnet Forum.  You never know, your question might just be picked up for an upcoming post! 

...Next Week: Part 2 - Uniform CPA Exam Basics...

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