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Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam Qualification Certificate

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Semester Sequence

This is a suggested schedule for a student who has no transfer credits.

Spring Semester Year 1

Spring Semester Year 2

Fall Semester Year 3

Spring Semester Year 3


Program Requirements and Electives - 55 Credits

Total Number of Credits Required for Certificate: 55*

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed college coursework at other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101  in the first semester at CCBC. This is a 1-credit class, and it does not count towards the number of credits required for a degree or certificate. Students are required to provide an official transcript(s) to document successful completion of college coursework at another institution(s) for this requirement to be waived.


**See one of the Accounting program coordinators prior to enrolling in these courses.

Program Description

This certificate program outlines a curriculum of specialized courses designed primarily for students who hold a Bachelor’s degree but have not majored in accounting. A degree is not a requirement for admission to this program, however. Other students may enroll in this program by obtaining permission of the accounting program coordinators.

According to the State of Maryland certification requirements, a student must have a Bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting to take the CPA examination. A major in accounting consists of 55 semester hours in accounting and business related courses. The listed certificate requirements will qualify a student holding a Bachelor’s degree, as approved by the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy, to sit for the CPA examination. Please see the CPA Exam Qualification Certificate brochure for additional details.

A certificate will be awarded to those students who achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher and complete at least 25% of the credits required while enrolled at CCBC.

Individuals who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree and desire an accounting background should refer to the Accounting Program degree and other certificate options.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  1. apply basic financial, cost, and tax accounting principles;
  2. employ problem-solving skills related to accounting issues;
  3. examine accounting as an information-processing system;
  4. analyze and interpret transactions and related financial statements; and
  5. practice ethical accounting behavior.

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