On July 1, 2014, Vermont adopted interstate equivalency standards for certified public accountants (CPAs) and changed state licensing rules in ways that make it easier for accountants to practice in other states.
The changes require licensed accountants and certified public accountants (CPAs) to have one year of experience and a bachelor’s degree plus 30 additional college credits, for a total of 150 credits. Moreover, 42 of the 150 credits must be in accounting-related courses. Previously, the requirement was two years of experience and a bachelor’s degree (120 credits) alone.
JSC’s Certificate of Proficiency in Accounting is a flexible and convenient way to earn the additional credits required to meet the new licensing standards and sit for the national CPA exam. Classes may be taken on campus, online or, through JSC’s External Degree Program, on weekends in Montpelier, Rutland, St. Albans and Winooski.
There is no set curriculum, as the program of study is tailored to each student’s particular situation. A person who never took any accounting-related courses as an undergraduate would need to earn all 42 of those credits through the certificate program, while someone with a B.A. in business might need to fewer accounting-related courses but would still need to accrue the required additional 30 credits.
A full-time student could complete the certificate in one year: In two semesters if only 30 credits are needed, or in two semesters plus the summer if 42 credits are needed. Students enrolled in the certificate program are eligible for financial aid.
For more information, contact Admissions by email or call 800-635-2356.