CPA Preparation Series

CPA Preparation

Putting financial goals in reach

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Series Description

CPA exam preparation courses for your career

Gain theoretical knowledge on complex accounting issues along with best industry practices to remain successful as an accountant. Already an accountant? This comprehensive Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preparation course provide you with the 72 units of accounting and general business credit you need to qualify for the rigorous professional exam. As a CPA, you’ll be able to exercise your financial skills in virtually any industry.

Note: This is not a certificate program.

CPA prep course objectives:

  • Auditing and attestation
  • Corporate income tax accounting
  • Business law
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Project Management
  • Marketing

Benefits of becoming a CPA

As a CPA you’ll be able to:

  • Prepare audited or reviewed financial statements and file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Represent clients in front of the Internal Revenue Service
  • Provide tax services, including federal, state and local tax returns
  • Provide professional assurance and audit services
  • Provide assistance supervising and managing an organization’s or individual’s daily activities, including budgeting, financial planning, and cash management

Cost: Varies. Based on your course choices.
Required Credits: 36 quarter units of accounting and 36 quarter units of general business courses.
Duration: Most courses take 4–12 weeks to complete.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
Accounting Courses
Intermediate Accounting I 4.0
Intermediate Accounting II 4.0
Introduction to Accounting I: Financial Accounting 4.0
Introduction to Accounting II: Managerial Accounting 4.0
Business Courses
Business Law and Its Environment 3.0
Business Statistics I 2.5
Finance for the Business Professional 1.0
Finance I, Fundamentals 3.0
Implementing Marketing and Sales Strategies 2.0
Integrated Marketing Communication 3.0
Organizational Development and Change 2.0
Power of Market Research 2.0
Principles of Marketing 2.0
Project Leadership and Communication 3.0
Role of the Project Manager 1.5

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Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.

Professional Development

Become a CPA

Consult with the American Institute of CPAs for specific CPA exam requirements. To become a Certified Public Accountant in California, you must complete: 36 quarter units of accounting, 36 quarter units of general business courses, and have a bachelor’s degree. The CPA Exam Handbook is an excellent resource for students wanting to know how to qualify for the exam.

Licensure and Certification

The CPA Preparation curriculum is applicable toward the requisite educational hours to take the CPA exam. Certification is optional to practice in this field. Please see our Licensure and Certification Policy to learn more.