Graduate Certificate in Accounting

What is accounting?
The field of accounting deals with the recording and auditing of various financial activities such as transactions in company accounts, employee payroll, taxes and other expenditures within an organization. In these tough economic times, company owners and directors all over the world are looking for ways to strictly regulate the cash flow and ensure transparency in order to attract and retain investors. As such accounting plays a very fundamental role for any business, and demand for qualified and highly educated accountants is increasing all over the world.

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What sorts of post-grad certificates are offered?
The field of accounting is one of the few fields where just a bachelor’s degree is not sufficient to address the requirements for becoming eligible for career advancement opportunities. A post-grad certification is essential for increasing your chances of being placed in a senior role. It and can be earned from a number of colleges around the nation. The most sought after qualification is the ‘Certified Public Accountant’ (CPA) which exposes students to financial analysis techniques, financial reporting and managerial accounting. Other certifications include the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certifications. Some of these certifications are administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) while others by organizations such as the CFA Insitute.

What are the future prospects?
More than one million accountants are currently working in various financial institutions, large business corporations, government organizations, accounting and auditing firms and tax preparation firms. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an increase of 16% in employment opportunities for accounting professionals from 2010 to 2020. the median wage in this industry is $63,550 per year and includes other perks and benefits in some cases.

Frequently Asked Question(s)

Q:Why do I need Post Grad Accounting certificates?

A:Post Grad Accounting certificates provide you with the competitive edge you need to find a good job in the labor market. It also raises you pay scale dramatically and makes you stand out among the other accountants.

Q:What are some of the courses covered in a graduate certificate in accounting?

A:A graduate certificate in accounting provides a working knowledge of accounting concepts and offers more practical applications of accounting. Some of the courses you might cover are: accounting for decision making, financial statement analysis, strategic cost management, international accounting, cost accounting, financial reporting, auditing, advanced topics in financial reporting, federal taxation of individuals, managerial accounting, federal taxes and management decisions, accounting and finance: managerial use and analysis.

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