Certificate in Accounting

UW Professional & Continuing Education

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  • 36 weeks
  • online

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UW Professional & Continuing Education

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Who should attend

Anyone seeking to become a professional accountant, including those preparing to take the CPA exam.

Business professionals who want a general understanding of accounting and finance might consider our Fundamentals of Accounting & Finance course.

About the course

Get Up to Speed With Accounting Fundamentals

Earning your Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license is a key step in becoming a successful accounting professional. This certificate program, offered in partnership with the UW Foster School of Business, helps prepare you for the CPA exam and provides you with a solid foundation in the areas of financial accounting, accounting information systems, audit, cost accounting and federal taxation.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • How to prepare financial statements in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Methods to set up and maintain accounting systems
  • Federal income tax rules and their impact on business decisions
  • How to audit financial statements
  • Techniques for analyzing costs to help make sound business decisions

QUALIFY TO SIT FOR THE CPA EXAM

This program offers 26 quarter credits of upper-level accounting study. When combined with 10 quarter credits of prerequisite courses in financial and managerial accounting, this provides the 36 quarter credits of accounting required to sit for the CPA exam in Washington state.

Note that there are additional requirements beyond the accounting credits that you must meet to sit for the CPA exam. Additionally, students planning to work in a different state should check that state’s CPA exam requirements.

PREPARE FOR YOUR MASTER'S DEGREE

Completing this certificate program provides you with the accounting prerequisites to apply to the Master of Professional Accounting or Master of Science in Taxation program offered by the UW Foster School of Business. This certificate program also meets the upper-level accounting prerequisite coursework requirement for the Master of Science in Accounting at UW Bothell.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS

As part of the program, you’ll attend an alumni panel offering career tips and job-search advice. You’ll also hear presentations by representatives from local public accounting firms, companies and government agencies.

Experts

Steph Grant

Steph Grant has taught intermediate financial accounting at the University of Washington since receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 2016. She has worked in public accounting and has taught accounting and CPA prep classes at various institutions since 2009. Working Papers “Navig...

Thomas Phillips

Thomas Phillips is a lecturer in accounting at the Foster School of Business. Phillips got his MBA from the University of Washington, passed the CPA exam and spent the next 11 years as a forensic auditor. He began working as a financial data analyst at the UW in 2003. He started teaching part tim...

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