USA So You Want to be a CPA


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John Baker

If you can afford it, even if things are tight budget wise, here's an approach to this profession.

Every small CPA firm - one, two and three person office, are always spread real thin for the simple stuff. I mean things like simple adding up numbers, filing, sweeping up, emptying baskets, answering phones, running errands like to the post office, making coffee, getting office supplies, holding down the fort while
the staff is out with clients, and so forth.

In this capacity, don't expect a paycheck, don't expect a job off at anytime, and don't expect a reference for a job later on. Just let it be known you're there to
"pay your dues", sort-ta speak. You're there to look, listen and learn as much as you can as you go through college, regardless how long it takes.

Caution should be exercised in asking questions about your studies - don't. These people don't care about you personally. They all realize that you're there
to pick up as much as you can, keep the confidentiality of their client base, be very, very, very friendly with your personality, but never personal friendly.
Consider this time like "pre-med" that doctors go through.

And last, don't bug the staff by asking .. " can I help you?" If anyone wants your help, they'll ask for it. Remember, you'll be looked upon as sooner or later
taking someone's job - because you're cheap. Just pace yourself, take whatever is tossed your way, observe and learn what you can.

Special note: Take notice of the demeanor of everyone there. Ask yourself - "Is this what I really want to do for the rest of my life?" Why? Because without
fail, you'll notice that there's at least one person that enjoys berating, making life miserable, and all kinds of negativity for everyone else with less going for
them. This is 100% across the board in this profession. Anyone that tells you different is THAT PERSON.
 
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How long were you in that profession?
 
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31 years. Retired as Controller in manufacturing capital goods.
 
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Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a license issued in 55 states or territories of the United States that authorizes the holder to practice as a CPA in that jurisdiction. To earn the prestige associated with the CPA license, an individual is required to demonstrate knowledge and competence by meeting high educational standards, passing the CPA exam, and completing a specific amount of general accounting experience. The two most important aspects of becoming a CPA are passing the Uniform CPA Exam and meeting licensing requirements in the state where you want to practice.

As for CPA eligibility, you need 120 credits to appear for the CPA exam and 150 credits for a CPA license.

General rule: Every year of university education in India is equivalent to 30-semester credits of US education. Some state boards award credit for international professional qualifications like CA. For international CPA candidates from India, generally 3-year commerce graduates from NAAC A universities who have scored a 1 st division are awarded 120 credits.
 

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