CPA Exam Qualification Lower-Level Certificate
Award: Certificate in Lower-Level CPA
No. of credits required: 54
For more information: Contact Assistant Professor L.J. Baker, 443-412-2374, email@example.com; Assistant Professor Cynthia Lewis, 443-412-2058, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Admissions, 443-412-2109; or the state: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/cpa/.
The state of Maryland requires candidates for the CPA examination to have completed 150 college-level credits and obtained a bachelor’s degree in any area of study. As part of the 150 credit requirement, candidates must have completed specific business, accounting, ethics, and communication courses. This certificate is designed for students who have a baccalaureate degree in majors other than accounting attempting to sit for the CPA exam. The Lower-Level CPA Exam Qualification Certificate includes all required coursework to sit for the CPA exam.
CPA Educational Requirements
Candidates for the CPA must have completed 150 semester hours, including the attainment of a baccalaureate degree or higher. A minimum of 57 semester hours in accounting and related business subjects is required. This includes:
- A minimum of 27 semester hours of accounting, including at least 3 semester hours in each of the following:
- Financial Accounting (at least 9 hours)
- Cost Accounting
- U.S. Federal Income Tax
- A minimum of 21 semester hours in business-related subjects, including 3 semester hours in 5 of the 7 following topics:
- U.S. Business Law
- Corporation or Business Finance
- Business Communication
- A minimum of 3 semester hours of ethics education.
- Students should refer to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation at http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/cpa/ for most current requirements.
Students who successfully complete the CPA Exam Qualification Certificate will be able to:
- Apply basic financial, cost and tax accounting principles.
- Develop and employ problem-solving skills related to accounting issues.
- Examine accounting as an information processing system.
- Analyze and discuss transactions and related financial statements
- Recognize ethical accounting behavior.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for a CPA is expected to increase 10%, adding 139,900 new jobs by 2026. Students who meet the requirements for the CPA examination and subsequently pass this exam will be in a position to receive the most prestigious jobs in the field of accounting.
Students earning a certificate from HCC must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 Reading and Understanding College Textbooks and ENG 012 Basic Writing, or ENG 018 Integrated Reading and Writing, and MATH 020 Pre-Algebra I. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.
|ACCT 101||Accounting Principles I||3|
|ACCT 102||Accounting Principles II||3|
|ACCT 203||Tax Accounting I||3|
|ACCT 206||Cost Accounting||3|
|or ACCT 208||Managerial Accounting|
|ACCT 211||Intermediate Accounting I||4|
|ACCT 212||Intermediate Accounting II||4|
|BA 101||Introduction to Business (GI)||3|
|BA 109||Principles of Management||3|
|BA 203||Principles of Marketing||3|
|BA 205||Business Law||3|
|or BA 246||Legal Environment of Business|
|ECON 102||Microeconomics (GB)||3|
|or ECON 101||Macroeconomics (GB)|
|MATH 216||Introduction to Statistics (GM)||4|
|ENG 216||Business Communications||3|
|PHIL 221||Business Ethics (GH)||3|
Select six credits from the following:
|ACCT 104||Payroll Accounting||1|
|ACCT 105||Financial Statement Interpretation and Analysis||1|
|ACCT 107||Spreadsheet Applications For Accounting||1|
|ACCT 108||Computerized Accounting||3|
|ACCT 204||Tax Accounting II||3|
General Education Degree Requirements
Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
Behavioral/Social Science (GB)
English Composition (GE)
Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues (GI)
Biological/Physical Laboratory Science (GL)
Biological/Physical Science (GS)