Become a CPA
Information and resource to help you reach your career goals
What is a CPA?
Certified Public Accountants are the trusted advisers, valued employees, and preferred providers of various financial and advisory services to a broad spectrum of individuals, nonprofits, government entities, and businesses of all sizes. CPAs are instrumental in enhancing growth and economic development and maintaining trust in our financial systems.
In California, CPAs are licensed by the California Board of Accountancy after showing proficiency by meeting and maintaining comprehensive educational requirements, passing a rigorous professional examination, demonstrating ethical competency, and completing practical experience.
Protection of the public interest is the cornerstone of the CPA profession. For any given client service, a CPA must keep up to date, apply multiple complex accounting standards by industry, and adhere to a code of professional conduct, ethical standards of practice, and applicable statutes and rules. These requirements promote the highest quality services and are central to why the public can rely on CPAs and their services.
Being at the heart of business and financial decisions for their clients, CPAs have the knowledge, expertise, and unique perspective to make sense of the complex challenges facing businesses in California and provide objective information for practical solutions. CPAs provide the tools, resources, and reassurance that allow companies to grow and do their best—serve their customers with the peace of mind that their finances are in good hands.
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You're on your way! Our resources are crafted to be your compass through the exciting journey of conquering the CPA exam, navigating the licensure process, and taking those crucial first strides in your burgeoning career.