What is CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and why pursue it?

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What is CPA?

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is a license issued in 55 states or territories of the United States that authorizes the holder to practice as a CPA in that jurisdiction. To earn the prestige associated with the CPA license, an individual is required to demonstrate knowledge and competence by meeting high educational standards, passing the CPA exam, and completing a specific amount of general accounting experience. The two most important aspects of becoming a CPA are passing the Uniform CPA Exam and meeting licensing requirements in the state where you want to practice.

Why pursue CPA?

A CPA serves as a trusted financial advisor that helps businesses thrive. A CPA holds mastery over accounting areas such as tax preparation, financial statements, financial planning, auditing, financial consulting, etc. – one of the significant reasons why all sorts of professional organizations and industries seek the assistance of CPAs. With academic content organized over just 4 parts and the designation achievable in less than 12 months, the CPA designation offers an extensive value proposition:

Globally Recognized Qualification –  CPA is an internationally recognized accounting license. Holding a CPA license is often referred to as having a black-belt in accounting. It is sought after by most finance professionals, commerce graduates, and by those who want to make their careers in the finance, accounting, taxation, business law, and regulatory fields. The key factor for global credibility is the fact that the CPAs will have knowledge of both US GAAP and the IFRS – the two accounting standards/languages of the world.

Strong Knowledge Base – The beauty of the CPA course is the exam contents and sections that the professionals get to learn. These exam contents/sections – Auditing, Accounting (US GAAP & IFRS), Finance and Tax, namely, make up the whole accounting world! Holding a CPA license yet proves the strong knowledge base one has in these fields. Possessing a deep understanding of such contents opens doors for numerous opportunities. 

Significant Career Progression The US laws mandate that to conduct an audit of American businesses, a person has to hold a CPA license. Hence, the major international accounting firms – the Big 4s (Deloitte, EY, KPMG, and PwC), as well as several leading international accounting, finance and consulting firms such as Accenture, Genpact, Capgemini and JP Morgan Chase, BDO, Grant Thornton, etc., offer great job opportunities to CPAs. Furthermore, CPAs are competent enough to serve as company management and hold executive positions such as Chief Accounting Officer (CAO), Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Controller and Director of Financial Operations (DFO), to name a few.

Great Respect and Admiration – Since the CPA is among the most reputed qualifications for accounting professionals, it gives you a great value enhancement and provides an international perspective of the accounting processes in different countries. Further, it gives you an opportunity to join an elite professional network of accountants transcending international boundaries. Apart from the knowledge enhancement, CPA also cultivates leadership skills as you get to work in diverse teams often consisting of members from different ethnic communities and lead overseas projects.

International perspective (Aus and Canada MRAs) – If you hold a US CPA credential, you may be eligible to obtain the Canadian and Australian CPA designations, alongside many other accounting designations with accounting bodies of different countries via the MRAs. MRAs are the Mutual Recognition Agreements, often signed between the accounting bodies of different countries and the US International Qualifications Appraisal Board (IQAB), representing the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

US CPA as a great designation for Indian students – US CPA would be one of the best accounting qualifications for the Indian students to pursue. Along with the advantages and value propositions listed above, the Indian students can start their preparation for the CPA exam early in their careers. Generally, most Indian commerce undergraduates are eligible to take the CPA exam. With the number of MNCs and US firms increasing in India, the demand for CPAs has also seen a significant rise. 

123 thoughts on “What is CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and why pursue it?”

  1. Rohit Kumar Singh

    We didn’t have this much info back then about such courses.. I’m still glad that I came across such an informative post.. I’m sure we student have miles to cover for success..

      1. Thanks for the information, this would be one of the best designation for Indian students as the demand for CPAs has seen a significant rise. 

  2. Harshit Sikka

    Very insightful, I had no idea about all of it. Every commerce student should go through it once to know that there are more options than just CA and CS.

  3. In India awareness about CPA is little less than CA. This blog can help people a lot to know about CPA and will give great career option to them.

  4. Great! CPA and CMA are courses that students can pursue in the field of finance and accounting. There is no place better than Miles education which helps the students to do so.

  5. This information was really helpful for me as it helped me know what CPA actually is and why i should actually pursue this. Thank you miles education!

  6. Really helpful, hope to see this type of post in future too. In today’s world CPA course is one of the most important and global acknowledged course. For Indian student like me its a good way to get jobs in MNCs like Amazon, EY etc

  7. Lukose Joseph Thomas

    Very nicely explained in a clear and crystal cut manner. It was very informative . This will help the beginners to know more about Certified Public Accountant.

  8. Kunal Pasari D

    This is very informative and greatly explanation about the course. And I am glad that it is Available in India too

    1. Sure it has, Big 4 and American MNCs in India & internationally, as well as Indian MNCs having interests in USA – need CPAs as well as CMAs. Connect with Miles Education to know more.

  9. RAJ KUMAR PRASAD

    This CPA course is truly inspirational. The purpose of doing any this professional course is to build up a better career perspective and growth in terms of Finance and its very significant from your story how CPA made that difference in your career. I am sure it will help many Finance students to understand why and how CPA is having global significance and value add a qualification.

  10. For those interested in accounting and financial reporting , look no further . CPA is the best course out there which will give you an edge over others

      1. Leo George Alex

        Thanks for the information, this would be one of the best designation for Indian students as the demand for CPAs has seen a significant rise.

  11. Avinash kumar Sinha

    A very valuable opportunity is now available with everyone who aspire to have a prominent career ahead.
    YES you heard it right! CPA is now in India. It provides a great platform to give you a proffesional touch and your a career a top notch.

  12. This blog leads us to the exact information regarding CPA and along with that it clears the vision of an individual to why to pursue CPA as a carrier.

  13. Shashank Gupta

    CPA is a global designation which accountants get with prestigious credibility and a global license for the professionals.

  14. Appreciable and Helpful content from the prospective of both who is pursuing the CPA and who want to pursue CPA in future .

  15. Himanshu Sharma

    CPA is a very excellent course as it has international recognization and provides a strong knowledge base.

  16. Prajwal trehan

    This is very nicely explained information and also a very good course for pursuing and with great scope in big 4; the future is bright. I highly recommend this course.

  17. US CPA is surely a great option to build a career for commerce and finance aspirants. Looking at the details it will benefit students in gaining new skills, knowledge and give them a practical exposure of the industry. it also has global recognition.

    1. Aryan Kumar Sahu

      Appreciable and helpful course those who persuing CPA. CPA is very good course to enlarge our knowledge in accounting field

  18. Ishita Jintikar

    It is very informative and CPA is a course with international recognition. I warmly recommend this course.

  19. Tanmay Harwani

    The blog contains everything which i was looking for that is everything about CPA(exam pattern, contents, future aspects). This information is useful for everyone out there who are pursuing CPA or a thinking about doing it. Thank you for the information.

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  22. It’s a great opportunity for commerce students because many of them would only know about CA,CS etc..
    But Miles Education is trying there best to bring these course to these people who are very aspirant about there career…

  23. I am not much aware of CPA. This blog provides a wide information regarding this course. The content is very informative.

  24. Rojin Abraham

    Cpa is less tough compared to Ca. So a moderate students can achieve cpa if they get good coaching from a reputed institution like miles education

  25. This program is very useful for pursue my carrier in marketing field and i want to learn more and more from miles education

  26. The CPA growth rate in India has already started and it is such a great opportunity for people from commerce background to not run behind that hyped CA course and experience something new and challenging. Kudos to the Miles team.

  27. Really helful and informative contain from perspective of those who are appearing and willing to appear for exams of CPA

  28. Shreya Somani

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  29. CPA is a great course and it provides international reputation. If you are interested in finance, accounting, taxation, and business law, so you can go for this course.

  30. It is very informative and has really helped me to know more about CPA course so that whenever I will pursue it then it would help me for the betterment of my future. Are you ready to pursue it and crack the exam?

  31. A very informative blog which gives you detailed informatio of the CPA Certified Course and how you can shape your career with it.

  32. Srishti Chadda

    Being a CMA student it’s a great opportunity to have COA exams in India. No need for traveling to America. CPA is such a lucrative career option that no matter where in the world, you will always be needed. It’s like stepping into a world full of Finance and Audit. Also, the miles support team is great and will guide you every step of the way.

  33. An informative blog on the usefulness of the CPA certified course all over the world. Extremely helpful in shaping your career with the best of the opportunities available. Thank you Miles team for a fuller description of the course and its perks when opted as a career option.

  34. Deepanshu Porwal

    This blog in very informative and easily to understand about CPA from this blog. Every commerce student should known to it.

  35. It is very beneficial for me as I am from finance background as well as finance students who are interested to pursue it .It helps to develop the skills .Are you guys ready to pursue it ?

  36. Rohan Varghese

    In today”s business world it is very important to have globally recognition and application for any skill or certification and the CPA ensures this perfectly for any accounting professional!

  37. Niharika Sarmah

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    I warmly recommend this course

  38. The blog is quite informative . It gave me knowledge regarding the subject matter cpa and what papers we have to attend and what tests are there required to become a cpa.

  39. Viraj Rabadiya

    CPA is the greatest opportunity for all the students who aspires to make their career in finance field

  40. CPA certification equips an accounting professional with necessary skill sets for global recognition. Impressive explanation of the course!

  41. Shruti Mishra

    This blog actually helped me to understand and know better about the value of CPA Course globally . I found this very informative , thankyou so much

  42. Bhumika Bisht

    In India awareness about CPA is little less than CA. This blog can help people to know about CPA and will give great career option to them.

  43. A very useful blog which explains about cpa, its recognition and its career progression. I would recommend people who are interested to do CPA and want to know about it to read this blog

    1. Nidhi Raj purohit

      Very informative important content.
      CPA can be a great career option.It’s a highly regarded profession, with job security and opportunities for advancement.

  44. gokulalakshmi

    i am too interested in working in the finance sector in the states and this blog gave me full insight on the structure , beauty and main aspects of CPA. along with good financial coursework that proves its utility.

    1. Bharathi Kannan

      This is a very informative blog for everyone to know what is CPA and the eligibility to pursue it. CA is popular in India than CPA. But, after reading this blog only, i came to know that CPA has an equal importance to CA in the US and India too. Mind-blowing opportunity for commerce students!Thank you for this blog.

  45. This course has got a great opportunity for commerce graduates.This blog is very informative and inspirational for those who want to explore future in this field.It has a deep understanding for those who want to pursue it.Thank you so much for sharing this blog.

  46. Syeda Tehreen

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    Thanks to miles education this information would help students to knw such courses which would help them to enhance their career . I didn’t have indepth knowledge about it but now I also know that this course is very much useful for my career.

  47. Kushimithaa thimmaareddy

    Commerce students can now make career apart from CA in india, if I complete my CPA in india where will I get more job opportunities and growth? Can I expect the same growth in my career not working in USA but working in india?

  48. This is nice content.Certified Management Accountant (CMA) is a professional certification credential in the management accounting and financial management fields. The certification signifies that the person possesses knowledge in the areas of financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics. The CMA is a U.S.-based, globally recognized certification offered by the Institute of Management Accountants.
    To date, there are more than 40,000 active CMAs with more than 80,000 candidates in the current pipeline.[2] To obtain certification, candidates must pass a rigorous exam, meet an educational requirement, experience requirement, and demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning through continuing professional education (CPE).

  49. Thank you for giving good information about US CPA. It is easily explained and well descriptive information and it’s great opportunity for all the commerce students.

  50. Syeda Tehreen

    CPA and CMA are the courses that a student can pursue in the field of commerce . This course has a great scope.

  51. JoyCath Comfort Bwana

    After reading this blog, I am definitely motivated to pursue the US CPA because of the career opportunities and doors that will be open for me upon attaining the certification.

    1. YES you heard it right! CPA is now in India. It provides a great platform to give you a proffesional touch and your a career a top notch.
      Thank you Miles team for a fuller description of the course and its perks when opted as a career option.

  52. After doing CMA, I will now definitely go for CPA. This article has given me useful insights. And of course, I will pursue CPA form Miles because it is the best.

  53. Syeda Tehreen

    This blog is very helpful as it gives in depth knowledge about the course, benefits, opportunity etc . CPA is great course and it has world wide reputation, and miles education is helping student to achieve their dreams and be a successful.

  54. The blog had given a detailed information about CPA and it is very useful for commerce graduates those who are interested in accounts its a good opportunity for them to do this course. Thank you for the information.

  55. This information provides the wider angle of cpa course . Very helpful to the people who are looking forward to pursue the course .

  56. After my high school studies i was not able to tjink of what to pursue next,thanks to miles i have find my way.

  57. It is very interesting course and it’s very informative. We can easily grab it and help us to learn lot of things.

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