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How to Become a CPA


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How to Become a CPA

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How to Become a CPA

  1. 1. How to Become a CPA
  2. 2. • Cherin Perelman, a partner with Beverly Hills Casting, formerly served as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) at Price Waterhouse Coopers in Prague. In this role, Cherin Perelman functioned as an auditor for multiple international organizations.
  3. 3. • There are several steps an individual must take to become a CPA. The primary role of a CPA is to help an individual, business, non-profit, or government entity with taxes, cost records, and additional financial needs. CPAs can work in a number of special areas, including internal auditing and information technology, as well as tax preparation and assistance.
  4. 4. • In order to become a CPA, one must first earn a degree in accounting or a comparable field. State requirements vary, but most regions require a student to complete at least 150 hours of education; this almost always equates to an additional year beyond the traditional four-year program.
  5. 5. • The next step a potential CPA must take is preparing for the Uniform CPA Examination. The exam is separated into four parts. The Audit and Attestation (AUD) section lasts four hours and covers audit evaluations and ethics involved with auditing. The Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) segment also lasts four hours, while the Regulation (REG) and Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) sections each last three hours. The exams can be taken in any order, though once the first exam is passed, an individual must pass the next three within 18 months.