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Catalog 2018-19 
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Fully Online Program

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam Qualification Certificate

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Important Information

Short Description

This program is designed primarily for students who hold a Bachelor’s degree, have not majored in accounting, and want to prepare for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. Students without a degree may enroll in this program with permission of the accounting program coordinators.

Type of Credential

Credit Certificate

Program Code


Contacts and Additional Information

Department Chair:

Rosemarie Cramer (all campuses, year round)
Office:  E.BESS 134
443-840-1658 or rcramer@ccbcmd.edu

Program Coordinators:

CCBC Catonsville, Mark Williams (year round)
Office:  C.BESS 226
443-840-4334 or mwilliams@ccbcmd.edu

CCBC Dundalk/Essex, Kelly Lemons (August 15 – June 15)
Office:  E.BESS 133
443-840-1447 or klemons@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

  • These programs are offered both face to face and fully (100%) online:  Accounting A.A.S., Accounting Certificate, Business Accounting Certificate, Certified Bookkeeping Certificate, and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam Qualification Certificate.
  • Opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) - For Accounting, see Portfolio, Departmental Exam, and CLEP. Several General Education classes also have PLA opportunities.
  • Articulation and Transfer Agreements

Semester Sequence

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

Semester 2

Semester 4

Semester 5

Courses Needed for This Program*

Total Number of Credits Required for Certificate: 55*


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 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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