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Today's CPA


For many years now, the accounting profession has required the completion of 150 college credit hours to become a CPA. Since the enactment of this state-specific requirement became widespread, there have been many alternative paths prospective CPAs have followed to obtain the necessary college credit. In this article, we briefly review the history of the 150-hour requirement, followed by descriptions of alternatives available to fulfill this requirement. Each of these alternatives offers unique advantages, which we highlight. These overviews are also useful to practicing CPAs who are considering going back to school to gain knowledge to advance their careers. In addition, we discuss career transitions for people who do not have an accounting undergraduate degree.

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