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The CPA (Certified Public Accountant) qualification is a certification given to public accountants. It is a requirement for accountants who audit the financial statements of corporations. Administered by the AICPA, it requires a bachelors in accounting plus 50 credits additional coursework, or 150 credits total with a minimum amount in accounting coursework. The exam itself consists of four sections: Auditing, Business Environment, Financial Accounting, and Regulation.
Professionals certifications that would be of tremendous use to a CPA include the financial planning certification (CFP), Financial Forensics Certification (FFC), and especially in the current business climate, specific certifications that enable CPA's to better audit banks.
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