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What It Takes to Become a Certified Public Accountant

Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) is no easy feat; it takes years of secondary schooling and passing the American Institute of CPA’s qualification exam to reach the accomplishment. Accountants are expected to have the financial literacy necessary to maintain personal or professional bookkeeping for all their clients along with running routine audits to ensure that there are no government violations. They must have a thorough understanding of finance, technology, and law to be able to provide the proper accounting services. At Austin Accounting, all of our accountants have met and exceeded the standard qualifications to become a certified public accountant and are ready to assist you with all your accounting needs.

Passing the Certified Public Accountant Exam

The last barrier for an accountant to become professionally recognized is passing the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts final exam. This rigorous exam is meant to ensure that all potential accountants are ready to meet standard practices to proactively confirm that accounting remains uniform across all businesses and personal accounts. The exam is computer based and is comprised of four different sections each testing various sectors of the accounting field. These sections include:

  • Auditing and Attestation
  • Business Environment and Concepts
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Regulation

Despite the difficulty of passing the CPA exam, just having the certification does not mean that an accountant is adequately prepared to handle a client. It takes years of training and practice for an accountant to become capable of dealing with the important job of maintaining financial logs.

Contact an Austin Accountant

If you or someone you know is looking for a new accountant to assist with your financial needs, do not settle for the average CPA. At Austin Accounting, our qualified CPAs have been helping families in Austin with their professional and personal bookkeeping needs for many years. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can benefit your life today.