Advanced Technical Certificate - Professional Accountancy (CPA)

Program Type: Fully Online
Program Level: Certificates
Department: Business and Entrepreneurship
Institute: Business & Entrepreneurship
College: SAC

What is the Advanced Technical Certificate - Professional Accountancy (CPA) program?

This unique Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam candidacy program is individually mapped for each student to complete the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) educational requirements, as well as provide preparation and practice for passing each section of the CPA exam. The certificate is designed for college-educated workers who either opt for a career change to accounting and need additional credit hours or who are currently working in the profession and need additional credit hours or refresher courses to become a CPA. The student must have a bachelor's degree in any discipline to be eligible for this program.

What will I learn?

Students will complete the coursework necessary to gain knowledge to pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

What can I do with this course of study?

Students will meet the educational requirements necessary to sit for the CPA exam.

Certificate Overview

Certificate Overview – 45 hours (all classes are fully online)

  • 30 hours of Upper-level accounting courses – including advanced topics in auditing, financial accounting and reporting, taxation, and accounting ethics
  • 3 hours of a research course in accounting/auditing/taxation
  • 3 hours of a technical writing for accountants’ course
  • 9 hours of business courses - to become licensed as a CPA you will also need 24 hours of business courses, which are offered at SAC and accepted by the TSBPA

Professional Accountancy (CPA), Advanced Technical Certificate

Next Steps

You must have a bachelor’s degree (in any field) from a U.S. university.  If you have a degree from outside the U.S., additional steps need to be taken directly with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA).

Schedule a meeting with the program coordinator at this link:

Contact Us

Dr. Val Calvert
Department Chair

Pamela K. Ansboury, CPA
ATC Professional Accountancy Program Coordinator

Sarah Sparrow
Academic Unit Assistant
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