Accounting Club helps students become Certified Public Accountants

By Jorge Vazquez

The Accounting Club hosted guest speaker Andrea Johnson to inform students on how to become a Certified Public Accountant.

On  March 1, Johnson, a business development representative from Roger Certified Public Accountant  Review, informed students on the format of the CPA exam, the new changes coming to the exam in April 2018 as well as becoming a licensed Certified Public Accountant, says professor Jennifer Alvarado, co-advisor of the Accounting Club.

CPA is a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university with 24 semester units of accounting subjects and 24 semester units of business-related subjects.

As far as becoming certified, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants administers a four-section, 16 hour examination on Auditing and Attestation, Business Environment and Concepts, Financial Accounting and Reporting and Regulation.

“Each section is four hours and the patience of the student is also tested during the exam,” said Johnson.

Exam-takers in the past would use a generic spreadsheet tool provided by the AICPA but starting April 1, the AICPA will begin using Microsoft Excel.

In addition to upgrading spreadsheet programs, the AICPA is upgrading computer monitors at testing locations to 23-inch high definition (HD) monitors to make exam taking and document viewing easier says Johnson.

The Accounting Club aims to help ELAC students understand the variety of opportunities open to accountants and the resources available to help students reach their academic and professional goals with the guest speakers says Alvarado.

The next speaker the club is having will be David Lo from the California Society of Certified Public Accountants on March 15 during the Accounting Club meeting from 12:15 to 1:15 pm in F7 room 113.

“There is never a perfect time to sit for the exam. So don’t wait to take it,” Johnson said.

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