CPA Requirement

Certificate of Completion

Credits: 85  |   Length of Program: 6 quarters

Subject: Accounting


Certified Public Accountant Requirement - Certificate of Completion

The CPA Requirement Certificate is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and desire to meet the specific accounting and business education requirements stipulated by the Washington State Board of Accountancy. These requirements must be met in order to become eligible to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. 

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Career Opportunities

Accounting as a discipline has broad employment possibilities in both public practice, private industry, non-profit organizations and government. Graduates that continue on to pass the CPA exam and meet the experience requirements will be issued a CPA license by the Washington State Board of Accountancy. This designation qualifies the holder for more senior positions in public accounting firms, controllerships in private and non-profit organizations, and senior positions in the finance departments of local, state, and federal agencies.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the Accounting Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • In a complex setting, students will be able to gather and analyze a variety of information using accounting concepts to draw appropriate and supportable conclusions
  • Clearly express in a variety of forms accounting information that is useful to a broad class of decision-makers
  • Properly select quantitative and qualitative accounting data and apply a process to the data in order to reach accurate and reliable conclusions
  • Recognize ethical dilemmas in the workplace and assess the consequences of these dilemmas
  • Identify and adjust to workplace differences in order to operate collaboratively and effectively in an organizational setting
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Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree required prior to entry of the program.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:  ENGL& 101.  Students may transfer this course or an equivalent course from another institution.

Length of Program

The CPA Requirement Certificate program takes six quarters of studies (83 credits) for completion. The time needed to complete the program may be extended if students need to repeat courses in order to meet the program’s grade requirements or if students have basic skills deficiencies.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree required prior to entry of the program.

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Additional Information

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required in order to earn a certificate or degree and a “C” or better is required in all ACCT courses.

A “C” or better must also be earned in all prerequisite ACCT courses.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:  ENGL& 101.  Students may transfer this course or an equivalent course from another institution

Revision Date: 
October 15, 2019