The CPA Preparation Certificate is for those individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in some area other than accounting and need to meet the current education requirements of 57 credit hours in business and accounting to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination
in Maryland. CPA candidates must have completed a total of 150 credit hours. Applicants for the CPA Examination must have satisfactorily completed 150 semester hours including the attainment of a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Included within their 150 hours of college credits, students must have 57 specific credits of accounting and business courses. The CPA Preparation Certificate is designed to support students with bachelor’s degrees in any non-accounting area in obtaining the accounting and business courses approved and required by the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy so that they can sit for the CPA Examination in the state of Maryland. The following Prince George’s Community College courses have been specifically approved by the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy. Any substitution of courses transferred from other institutions is subject to the approval of the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy. CPA candidates are advised to periodically check with the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy for any updates or changes to the exam requirements (410-230-6258).
Graduates of the CPA Preparation Certificate will be able to:
Prepare financial documents that meet regulatory requirements as well as the needs of business clients or owners
Analyze complex financial information to make recommendations for action
Integrate accounting knowledge with business to make informed decisions
Identify basic legal concepts and their impacts on business operations
Identify essential business and economic concepts
Sequence of Study - CPA Preparation Certificate
Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.