Career As A Certified Public Accountant

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As the accounting profession continued to grow throughout the state of Texas, the Texas State Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) formed the central chapter in 1911, composed of a group of “17 public accountants and six junior staff accountants.” After several years of the TSCPA requesting a regulatory board for the accounting profession, the state legislature approved the Public Accountancy Act of 1915. According to this act, a candidate wishing to pursue a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) would be required to pass the board-certified examination and receive a certificate “indicative of the holder’s fitness to serve the public as a competent and properly qualified accountant in public practice, and to prevent those who have no such certificate from using such titles or initials.” Throughout the years, the Act was amended several times to accommodate for the ever-changing society and economy, and to take advancements in technology into consideration. As a result of technological advancements, an increasing number of colleges and universities offer online programs for students who cannot find the time in their hectic schedules for a traditional classroom setting, which is highly beneficial for people to obtain a degree while continuing to work or pursue other interests. However, online accounting programs may have a negative impact upon students wishing to earn an accounting degree with the hopes of passing the CPA exam and beginning a career within
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