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时间:2017-04-10 责任编辑:admin 浏览:

  USCPA官网提示想要进入一所社区大学补齐剩余的30个会计学分吗?以下是你须要知道的。

  通常,如今的大专生毕业只需要120个学时——然而,他们须要学满150个学时才能获得在全美50个州中有注册会计师考试的资格。美国许多州都需要修满150个学时才能参加美国注册会计师考试。为了修得额外所需的30个学时,很多学生选择继续进研究院学习,获得硕士学位。然而,最近几年,社区大学也成为了一个吸引的选择。

  开设了受人追捧会计项目的社区大学正成为很多学生完成他们剩余的30个学时的一种渠道,从而他们能准备并参加注册会计师考试,获得许可。这些社区大学也吸引了很多具有大学学历的社会工作者,他们从做得正旺的工作转向会计行业,也需要修满额外的学时。

  玛雅·波利夏克是一位41岁的母亲,也是一名美国注册会计师,她拥有华盛顿大学国际学研究和西班牙语的学士学位。六年前,为了获得参加美国注册会计师考试的学分,她也去北西雅图学院参加了学习。

  她说:“我在寻找最短的捷径,与重回大学进行四年的学制获得其他的学位相比,社区大学会计课程的灵活性对我而言确实是唯一且最有效的方式。”她从社区大学拿到了会计资格证,现在她是亚马逊公司的一名会计师。

  波利夏克对她从社区大学所获得的教育评价甚高,她说:“我从北西雅图学院获得的职业培训促使我一次性通过了USCPA考试的四门科目。”

  那些通过参加社区大学的学习,达到美国注册会计师考试资格要求的人都说,这种方式有很多优势:社区大学的学习有很大的灵活性,适合已经参加工作的学生;社区大学既提供线上课程,也提供面授课程以适应不同学生的时间计划表;社区大学的课堂规模通常都会比大型大学里的小;社区大学的课程费用会比传统的四年制学校少很多。并且大部分雇主很乐意招聘持有美国注册会计师证(USCPA)的人员,而并不在意他们是在哪所大学修满这150个会计学时的。

  迈克•马丁——美国注册会计师,马里兰社区大学会计项目组经理兼副教授,他说:“我们学院和四年制大学一样培养学生,某些情况下甚至会做得更好。”他补充道,小型课堂使教师更容易帮助学生学习到全方面的会计和商业知识。

  同时,北西雅图社区大学也接收激增的经济学毕业想要成为美国注册会计师的学生报名。Lauren Psomostithis是北西雅图社区大学会计项目组的一名教职工,她说:“会计行业似乎是目前一个很热门的趋势。”

  想要参加社区大学修满学时的学生,以下是你们需要知道的一些事项:

  了解州会计委员会的要求

  马拉·洛克哈特是北西雅图社区大学的一名教职工,是会计项目部的协调人,也是一名USCPA。她说,每个州都有各自注册会计师资格考试要求,学生们需要知道他们所选的课程是否允许他们获得参加美国注册会计师考试的资格。

  学员可以登陆美国注册会计师协会网站,查看他们所在州的注册会计资格考试要求和联系方式。

  寻找能满足你需求课程的学院

  大部分主要大城市甚至小城市都有距离不太远的社区大学。很多社区大学提供线上课程,因此如果有必要,很多课程能实现跨州甚至跨国上课。

  评估一下你的学院成绩单,了解自己的需求

  特定的课程需要预备知识。例如,洛克哈特说,北西雅图社区大学会计资格项目组要求学生学习诸如金融会计、管理会计以及个人所得税的课程。

  学生还可以拜访学院会计部负责人咨询课程。

  确认所选学院是获得认证的

  向州委员会确认哪些组织获得了认证。山姆·洛德是一名USCPA,他也曾参加过北西雅图社区大学的会计课程的学习,他说,如果你参加的是一所没有获得相关委员会认可的教育机构,你在那里修的学时将不能获得参加美国注册会计师考试的资格。洛德现在47岁了,他获得了华盛顿大学MBA学位,如今他想成为一名会计师,为了修满剩余的36个学时,获得USCPA考试的资格,他参加了北西雅图社区大学的学习。目前他在美国健康与公共事业部做审计员。

  选择你感兴趣的课程,巩固知识

  所有参加社区大学学习的学生都有不同程度的知识缺口,但是也有上升的空间。学生可能想要学习会计舞弊方面的课程,例如,非营利组织的会计、审计会计、或者网络安全会计,而不是选择对他们的职业发展没有帮助的课程。

  遵守承诺

  参加社区大学也不是说可以一帆风顺的。洛德说:“在北西雅图社区大学的学习确实为我参加USCPA考试做了很好的准备,但是也有大量的学院之外的准备工作。”帕特里夏·麦克丹尼尔是位于北卡罗来纳州夏洛特市的中央皮埃蒙特社区大学的教职工、会计项目组主席,她说:“学生们通常会错误地认为他们不需要在社区大学的学习中投入大量时间。其实我们有非常严格的课程。”

  共同学习

  很多已经参加工作的学生参加社区大学学习课程是很容易的——线上课程或者面授课程——然后自己坚持学习。然而,洛德和Pawlitschek说,融入与教职工和其他学生的合作与学习也是相当重要的。加入一个学习小组,与同伴一起学习,这些学习同伴不仅能在参加考试学习时期给予你帮助,将来也能保持联系。

  注重结果

  有的学生担心社区大学的学历不能给雇主留下好印象,然而这种担忧是没有根据的。大多数雇主更关心求职者是否通过了USCPA考试并拿到了证书,以及是否有能力胜任工作,而不是在意求职者毕业的学校。Pawlitschek说:“他们没有问我在哪里上学,他们所关心的是我工作是否努力并且能否掌握会计知识。”

  Pawlitschek对这一点表示认可,她说:“通过美国注册会计师考试本身就证明了自身的水平,雇主会认为你是有实力的。”

  (谢丽尔·梅尔是加利福尼亚州的一名自由撰稿人。要评论这篇文章,请在下方留言。)

  以下为原文:

  Community colleges are an avenue to licensure

  Want to attend a community college for your last 30 credits? Here’s what you need to know.

  by Cheryl Meyer

  Today’s college students typically graduate with 120 semester hours—however, they need 150 hours in order to get licensed as a CPA in all 50 U.S. states. Many states also require 150 hours to sit for the CPA Exam. To earn the 30 extra hours they need, many students opt to continue on to graduate school and pursue a master’s degree. In recent years, though, community colleges have also become an attractive option.

  Local community colleges with respected accounting programs are becoming the conduit for many students to finish up their final 30 hours, prepare and sit for the CPA exam, and get licensed. These schools are also attracting college-educated workers who opt for a midstream career change to accounting and need additional credit hours.

  Maya Pawlitschek, CPA, a 41-year-old mother who holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Spanish from the University of Washington, attended North Seattle College about six years ago to gain the credits she needed to become a CPA.

  “I was looking for the shortest path,” she said. “The flexibility of being in the community college program versus going back to a four-year institution for another degree made it really the only option that would work for me.” She received her certificate of accountancy from the school and is now an accountant at Amazon Web Services.

  Pawlitschek speaks highly of the quality of the education she received. “The coursework I took at North Seattle College gave me the foundation to pass all four sections of the CPA exam on the first try,” she said.

  Those who have gone the community college route to fulfill their CPA licensure requirements say there are many advantages: The schools offer flexibility and are good for working students; they offer both online and in-person classes to fit one’s schedule; class sizes are often smaller than at larger universities; and courses cost significantly less than they do at a typical four-year institution. And most employers are happy to hire CPAs who have passed the exam no matter where they completed their 150 semester hours.

  “We prepare students as well as do the four-year schools, and in some cases even better,” said Mike Martin, CPA, accounting program manager and associate professor at Frederick Community College in Maryland. Smaller classes, he adds, can make it easier for teachers to “roll up their sleeves,” to help students learn various aspects of accounting and business.

  North Seattle, meanwhile, is accepting an increasing number of students who graduated with an economics degree and now want to become CPAs. “Accounting seems to be a hot trend right now,” said Lauren Psomostithis, a faculty member in the accounting program at North Seattle College.

  Here are some things students should know if they are interested in completing their credit hour requirement at a community college:

  Know your state board’s requirements. Each state has its own requirements for licensure and students need to know if the courses they select will count toward sitting for the CPA exam, said Marla Lockhart, CPA, a faculty member and accounting department co-coordinator at North Seattle College.

  Students can check the licensure requirements for their state and find contact information for their state board at This Way to CPA.com, the USCPA’s website for CPA-bound students.

  Search for schools that have programs that meet your needs. Most major metropolitan regions and even smaller cities have community colleges within easy driving distance. Many also offer online classes, so courses can be taken across state lines (though out-of-state tuition could be higher), if necessary.

  Have your college transcripts evaluated so you know what you need. Certain programs have prerequisites. North Seattle College’s certificate of accountancy program, for example, requires students to have taken classes such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, and individual income tax, Lockhart said.

  Students can also visit the head of the school’s accounting department to discuss the program.

  Make sure the institution is accredited. Check with your state board to see which organizations it accepts accreditation from. If an institution is not accredited by the appropriate board, credit you earn there will not count toward sitting for the exam, says Sam Lord, CPA, who also attended North Seattle College. Lord, 47, decided to become an accountant after getting his MBA at the University of Washington and attended North Seattle College to gain the 36 additional semester hours he needed to fulfill his licensing requirements. He is now an auditor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  Take courses that interest you and enhance your knowledge. All students enter community colleges with different educational gaps to fill, but there is also some wiggle room. Students may want to take courses in fraud, accounting for nonprofits, auditing, or cybersecurity, to name a few, rather than classes that won’t contribute to their professional development. And while most community colleges offer a certificate of accountancy upon completion, some schools, such as North Seattle, also offer specialized credentials, such as an accounting fraud certificate.

  Stay committed. Community colleges aren’t for those who want an easy ride. “North Seattle did a really good job of preparing me for the CPA exam,” said Lord, “but there was also a lot of preparation work outside of school.” Patricia McDaniel, faculty member and program chair of accounting at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., said students often wrongly think they won’t have to put in so much time at community colleges. “We have very rigorous classes,” she said.

  Get involved. Many working students may find it easy to attend community college classes—either in-person or online—and then stick to themselves. But it’s still important to work with faculty and other students and be engaged, Lord and Pawlitschek say. Consider joining a study group, and network with peers. These fellow students not only can help you during your exam studies, but can also be contacts in the future.

  Look to the finish line. Some students worry that community colleges won’t look prestigious enough to impress employers, but those concerns are unfounded. Most employers are more concerned about whether you passed the CPA exam and are licensed, and whether you are proficient to handle the job, rather than what school you attended. “They weren’t hung up on where I went to school,” said Pawlitschek. “What they really cared about was that I had proven I worked hard and had a good grasp of accounting.”

  Psomostithis concurs. “Taking the exam itself levels the playing field and lets employers know that you are competent,” she said.




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