Ever wanted to possess the skill and knowledge necessary to accurately complete a tax return that actually saves money? If the answer to that question was yes, a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) might prove to be rewarding. In addition to more efficiently handling one’s own finances, CPAs can also use their extensive understanding of difficult tax regulations to provide assistance to their community. Barry Dufrene, for example, is a CPA with over 30 years of experience who has dedicated his energy to helping St. Mary Parish. Here’s how to follow in his footsteps:
1. Earn a high school diploma or equivalent.
2. Attend a college or university and obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or another similar area such as Finance. It is important to know the requirements of the specific area where one intends on working as some states are very strict on their policies surrounding education while others allow for a substitution of hands on experience in place of a degree. Furthermore, some accounting companies and organizations might require a Master’s Degree in addition to a Bachelor’s Degree.
3. As stated in step two, finding out the area of intended employment’s policies and requirements is crucial. In order to become certified a four part exam is always required. However, certain states in the US prefer for a prospective CPA to have several years of work experience before they can even qualify to take the exam.
4. Once the exam is passed and area specific pre-requisites are satisfied, the title of CPA is now official. Begin looking for job opportunities or for the opportunity to open a new firm.
Barry Dufrene is a Morgan City, Louisiana resident and CPA who followed these steps and advanced quickly in the field.