About this Program
Earning your Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license is a key step in becoming a successful accounting professional. This certificate program, offered in partnership with the UW Foster School of Business, helps prepare you for the CPA exam and provides you with a solid foundation in the areas of financial accounting, accounting information systems, audit, cost accounting and federal taxation.
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Anyone seeking to become a professional accountant, including those preparing to take the CPA exam and those planning to apply to the UW Master of Professional Accounting program.
An instructor and students from the Certificate in Accounting talk about the unique curriculum and how the program can help graduates advance in their careers.
What You'll Learn
- How to prepare financial statements in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
- Methods to set up and maintain accounting systems
- Federal income tax rules and their impact on business decisions
- How to audit financial statements
- Techniques for analyzing costs to help make sound business decisions
Qualify to Sit for the CPA Exam
This program offers 26 quarter credits of upper-level accounting study. When combined with 10 quarter credits of prerequisite accounting courses — such as Introduction to Accounting & Financial Reporting and Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting, or their equivalents — this provides the 36 quarter credits of accounting required to sit for the CPA exam in Washington state.
Note that there are additional requirements beyond the accounting credits that you must meet to sit for the CPA exam. Additionally, students planning to work in a different state should check that state’s CPA exam requirements.
Prepare for Your master's degree
Completing this certificate enables you to apply to the Master of Professional Accounting program offered by the UW Foster School of Business. This full-time program offers tracks in Auditing & Assurance and Taxation.
Connect With Employers
As part of the program, you’ll attend an alumni panel offering career tips and job-search advice. You’ll also receive presentations by recruiters and representatives from local public accounting firms, companies and government agencies.