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How to get a CPA certification online

CPA stands for Certified Public Accountant. It is the title of qualified accountants in numerous countries in the English speaking world. In the United States they will have passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination and will have met additional state education and experience requirements for membership in their respective professional accounting bodies and certification as a CPA.

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Those who have passed the exam but have not either accomplished the required on the job experience or have previously met it and who have lapsed their continuing professional education or have requested to be converted to inactive status are, in many states, permitted the designation “CPA Inactive” or an equivalent phrase. In most U.S. states, only CPAs who are licensed, are able to provide to the public attestation opinions on financial statements. The exceptions to this rule are Arizona, Kansas, and North Carolina where the “CPA” designation and the practice of auditing are not restricted.

Some states prohibit the use of the designations of “Certified Public Accountant” by a person who is not certified as a CPA in that state. As a result, in many circumstances, an out of state CPA is restricted from using the CPA designation until a license or certificate from that state is obtained. Texas additionally prohibits the use of the designations “accountant” and “auditor” by a person not certified as a Texas CPA, unless that person is a CPA in another state, is a nonresident of Texas, and otherwise meets the requirements for practice in Texas by out of state CPA firms and practitioners. Many other countries also use the title CPA to designate local public accountants.

Certified Public Accountant online certification

There are multiple options to get the title of CPA. After passing a CPA test and having the on the job professional experience needed for the certification, you could handle the finances, the accountability of the companies and you budgeting.

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Those interested in getting the certification must have the professional title, study 150 hours per semester, approve a test and have the amount of experience.

The growing innovations on the Internet have allowed the consolidation of online learning as a quality option to improve the knowledge. There are a number of online programs giving students the possibility of obtaining the needed abilities to prepare for various test for undergraduate degree.

First, you need to decide for one of the accredited schools that are allowed to teach the CPA courses. Here are some of the best:

Colorado State University Global Campus

It offers a fully online Bachelor’s in Accounting that can be specialized with a number of options (21 in total), ranging from data management, to organizational leadership, to marketing. CSU is currently the 121st ranked national university by US News. With an average estimated program price of $42,000–the 11th most affordable school of those surveyed–CSU is slightly pricier than other highly ranked schools, but makes up for it through quality instruction, flexibility, and tons of specializations.

Old Dominion University

This one offers a fully online Bachelor’s in Accounting degree that won’t break the bank, yet still provides the academic quality of national university. Through +ODU students may attend local or online community colleges to complete core requirements (for less), and then earn guaranteed acceptance into Old Dominion to complete their accounting degree. Estimated average program cost for Old Dominion’s Bachelor’s in Accounting is currently $36,780, making the program the 6th most affordable of program surveyed.

Auburn’s online Accounting degree is actually a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Accountancy, but still functions to prepare students for the CPA exam and accounting roles in the work world. The B.S.B.A. in Accountancy is the first online undergraduate degree offered by Auburn, and offers live streams and recorded videos of lectures from the traditional program. While Auburn’s program is the second most affordable in our rankings, costing an average estimated total of $23,325, it should be noted that the program is really a degree completion program, and only requires 30 hours. Auburn is currently the 103 ranked national university by US News.

After deciding for a school, and completing needed credits in it, you can apply for the national CPA test. The test has 4 parts that you must approve in less than 18 months:

  • Auditing and attestation
  • Business environment and concepts
  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • Regulation

The test cannot be taken online but there are multiple authorized centers in the world.

The experience requirements for obtaining a CPA license are determined by each state’s board of accountancy. Before 2006, if someone had successfully passed the CPA Exam the odds were great that the person could easily find a job that provided the required professional accounting experience. Since 2006, finding an accounting position that provided the required experience may be more challenging.


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