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CPA Exam Preparation: Business Environment and Regulation

What Should I Expect from the CPA Exam Prep Certificate?

CPA Candidates must posses any Bachelor's degree. Additionally, the candidates must satisfy specific educational requirements
(see the CalCPA website, All of these educational requirements can be
completed at a community college after the candidates completes their BA/BS degree. The classes within this certificate are
counted towards the educational requirement for the CPA license. The certificate also prepares a candidate for two of the four parts
of the CPA exam: Business Environment and Regulation. The certificate itself is neither required for the CPA exam nor guarantees the student's eligibility for the CPA exam. However, it provides a guideline on what classes best prepare the candidate for the CPA

Certificate Program Eligible for Financial Aid: CPA Exam Preparation

Job Growth Projections and Salary Level (from California Employment Development Department)

Future CPAs have amazing career prospects in three main areas: public accounting, private accounting, and
government/non-profit accounting. 2015 projections for California (from the Employment Development Department, Labor Market
Info website) for accountants and auditors are: 15.8% annual increase in the number of jobs, and the median salary of $78,000.
The CPA license in general increases salaries for these jobs by 10-15%



Business 4 (Cost Accounting)** 3  
Business 3 (Taxation of Individuals) 3  
Business 25 (Taxation of Business Entities)*    3
Business 10 (Business Law)   4
Business 33 (Accounting Ethics)   3
TOTAL   16

* - requires BUS-1A Financial Accounting or BUS-7 Accounting for Small Business as a prerequisite.
** - requires BUS-1B Managerial Accounting as a prerequisite.

The above listing is a suggested sequence only.  Some courses may have prerequisites.  Students may take courses in any sequence except where a prerequisite applies.

Program-Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

  • 1.  Understand and apply the generally accepted accounting principles to prepare financial statements.
    Identify the basics of information technology and apply software applications to accounting transactions.
    Create effective oral and written business communications using modern communication technologies.
    Apply critical thinking and analytical skills in decision making and problem solving.

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