The majority of people who wish to become a qualified accountant or auditor usually have to obtain a bachelors degree or an equivalent qualification. In order to check or scrutinize the books of any company in the Unites States you will have to pass the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (UCPAE) in order to become a Certified Public Accountant or CPA.
It is down to the company and the descretion of the employer, as to what qualifications they are looking for, but the majority of companies in most states will look for a minimum of a bachelors degree. For bigger corporate companies with wealthy or famous clients, the levels and expectations will probably be greater and therefore will expect an exceptional level of education from prospective candidates, which will usually include a masters degree in accounting or a directly related qualification and several years of related study in this particular field.
The majority of United States colleges and universities are tailoring their degree courses to suit the changes of modern day businesses in the 21st century and keep the courses and relevant qualifications specific to the daily requirements of a modern day accountancy and auditing business and especially with particular focus on the computing and technology side and the various software packages available.
People who are already working in an accountancy business and have lesser roles can usually find ways in which to enhance their career and pay packet. Someone who is involved in a bookkeeping, or an accounts or administrative clerk can make progression in becoming a junior accountant and going through the required training and processes in gaining the qualifications and become a CPA, which allows you to do the books of any most companies within the United States and is in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commissions or SEC.
Most businesses will ecourage their employees to partake in the required extra 150 hours of college study on top of a related degree qualification in order to get the CPA status required and become a fully qualified accountant, as this will save on having to blindly find new candidates to train up and by recruting in house, they'll already know the strengths and weaknesses of their workforce.
As a standard requirement all the areas within the United States have a four part CPA examination which is the industry requirement from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants or AICPA. This exam is not for the faint hearted and requires a lot of study and determination and there are also time limits in place for the successful completion of all four sections. In gaining a foothold in this business it would be expected for any candidiates to have a special aptitude for Maths and have a flair with numbers and figures and be good with programs and possibly understanding computer coding. Most accountants and auditors past and present enjoy working with numbers and would normally find it straightforward in solving number problems and equations with ease.
A standard requirement for anyone in the accountancy and auditing fields would not only to be extremely numerate, but to be literate as well and having a firm grasp of English, as you'll not only have communicate with clients and work colleagues verbally, but in writing as well and on a regular basis. Being professional will allow to get your point across better and articulating your message well, will certainly get you noticed and is an excellent way to fast track your success within this thriving business niche and move you quickly up the accountancy and audting ladder.
With most accountancy procedures being carried out by computer, having a firm grasp on technology and the latest software packages is another essential requirement in having a smooth and successful career within this particular niche. Becoming computer literate will enable you to perform your daily accountancy taks much easier and make the position more enjoyable and fulfilling.
The two best ways in which to progress in this particular area is by experience and qualifications and there are a few different courses open to people who wish to increase their knowledge and qualifications or want to advance their career.
People who are already involved in accounting and wish to progress to a more senior or managerial post can gain the Certified Management Accountant or CMA, by having the related degree, having worked for a minimum of two years within this sector and passed the four part CPA examination. In order to achieve this sought after status you'll have to commit not only to the extra time required, but the additional educational commitments which include learning about financial statement analysis and risk management.
If you're wanting to go deeper than just scrutinizing the company books and to forward your auditing career then, you'll probably want to achieve the Cerfitied Internal Auditor or CIA. In order to gain this status you will have to previously gained a CPA qualification through the standard four part examination and have at least two years of internal auditing under your belt.
There are quite a few areas within both accounting and auditing which offer people the change to specialize in a spefic area and there are recognized qualifications to address these areas. Someome who's involved in accounting and wants to specialize in an area can complete an exam and various projects in becoming a Personal Financial Specialist or PFS and obtain the required points and all applicants are required to have achieved the standard four part CPA qualification prior to applying for this exam. An additional way in which to specialize in the auditing field is in applying for the Certified Government Auditing Professional or CGAP. In order to sit this exam you will have to have gained the recognized four part CPA qualification and have at least two years of experience in an auditing capacity.