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Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

Certificate of Professional Accounting

Requirements for the Certificate

Why a certificate of professional accounting?

In addition to possessing strong technical skills successful accountants must be able to communicate effectively and relate to people. Earning a recognized certification provides professional credibility and enhances the marketability of your degree.

What value will I get from a certificate of professional accounting?

A certificate in Professional Accounting provides a cohesive course plan for students entering professional accounting careers. Certificate requirements emphasize communications, people skills and real world experience. The certificate is not the equivalent of a professional license but would meet the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in the state of Wisconsin including the 150 credit hours requirement.

The rapidly changing business world demands a solid professional preparation for future accountants. They must be active members of their organizations, and they must be able to communicate with others. The certificate requires courses in accounting professionalism, communications and upper level management. Internships, travel courses and the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) community project provide real world experiences. Employers are looking for individuals who demonstrate maturity and an ability to deal with complex issues that can only be learned through experience in nonacademic environments.

Who are the accounting faculty?

What courses will I take?

Please see the course listing for the required courses. Completion of a declared major in Accounting and a minimum grade point of 3.25 are required. Note that you can easily choose to complete the certificate in conjunction with a double major in business administration and accounting.