Professional Accounting Certificate - Track 1
Business and Social Sciences Division, Room T302, (847) 543-2047
This track assumes the student has already completed ACC 121 and ACC 122.
This certificate is designed for individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree, in any field, and would like to continue their education to qualify to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.
Recommended Plan of Study
^ The credit for CLC 120, College Success Seminar, is an institutional requirement for graduation. It is not part of the program requirements but must be completed with a D or better.
NOTE: Students having earned any degree previously do not need to complete CLC 120.
+ Cross listed with LGL 221.
The accounting electives, Cost Accounting and Advanced Accounting, are strongly recommended for students preparing to sit for the CPA exam.
Students transferring in the equivalent of ACC 121 and/or ACC 122, for less than eight hours, will need to take additional Accounting electives to meet the required 30 hours in accounting courses.
For students preparing to sit for the CPA exam, the following additional courses are recommended to meet the 24 hour requirement in Business- BUS 111, BUS 121, BUS 222, BUS 223, ECO 221, ECO 222.
Complete CPA Requirements at CLC
To qualify to take the CPA exam in Illinois, a candidate must have:
A bachelor’s degree, in any field;
150 semester hours of college credit;
30 semester hours of Accounting credit (included in 150 above), to include courses in Financial, Managerial, Taxation, Auditing; and
24 semester hours in Business, to include Business Ethics (BUS 132) and Managerial Communication (BUS 237). Please note that although BUS 237 is a 3 credit course, only 2 hours of BUS 237 will count toward the 24 semester Business credit requirement.
Additional information and requirements for the CPA exam for those with graduate degrees in business or accounting is available on the Illinois CPA Society web page, www.icpas.org. Exam information may also be found at the Illinois Board of Examiner’s site, www.ilboa.org. All students are encouraged to meet with an accounting faculty member to discuss their plan of study for the CPA exam.
Call the Business and Social Sciences Division at (847)543-2047 for faculty contact information.