Author: Jenna Elkins, NASBA Communications and Digital Media Specialist
Posted: February 20, 2018

In today’s business world, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) represents a trusted voice in business and financial consulting and is a sought-after commodity among all walks of professional organizations. Just as a lawyer is defined by a law license, the CPA license is a symbol to the public that an accountant has mastered the vital elements of the accounting profession.

To earn the prestige associated with the CPA license, candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge and competence by meeting high educational standards, passing the Uniform CPA Examination and completing a specific amount of general accounting experience. Only those individuals who have met the CPA requirements are permitted to identify themselves to the public as CPAs.

The CPA credential is issued by one of the 55 United States jurisdictions that authorize the holder to practice as a CPA in that jurisdiction. All CPAs must meet licensing requirements in the jurisdiction(s) where they want to practice, and requirements may vary across jurisdiction borders.

This license, a high standard recognized by employers and their clients, governments and the public, is an assurance of skill, dedication and quality. There are a variety of opportunities available in the accounting and financial job market, but no matter what career path an accounting professional chooses, a long, successful career starts with a CPA license. There are many powerful reasons – both professional and personal – for becoming a CPA.

For a complete roadmap to CPA success, take a look at the Candidate Guide.

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