Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

The CPA designation is granted by individual state boards. CPAs have a broad-based financial education in such areas as accounting, auditing, financial forensics, taxation and financial planning. The qualifications to become a CPA vary by state/jurisdiction, but most require at least a bachelor’s degree, two or more years accounting experience, and successful completion of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination, which is set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (888-777-7707, www.aicpa.org) and administered by National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Continuing Education Requirements: 40 hours per year.