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What's the difference between a normal accountant and a certified accountant?

Im in the 11th grade and I'm in an entrepreneurship class. I wanted to know what's the difference between a regular accountant (not certified) and a certified accountant. #accounting #money #math #accountant #financial #certified

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MelissaWilliams’s Answer

Most accountants are certified accountants. There is not a big difference in educational background, but most accountants get certified because it is an important credential that shows your competency in accounting. In other words, accountants get certification to order to be more competitive when seeking jobs.

There are many different types of certification. The most popular is a Certified Public Accountant--there are 450,000 active CPAs in the United States, and to obtain the certification, the accountant needs to pass an exam, which is known to be quite difficult. Other types of certification include CMA (Certified Management Accountant), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), and CGFM (Certified Government Financial Manager).

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Rrasha’s Answer

here's a different take on things: in addition to college credits that most accountants have to take, certified accountants have completed a certain amount of compulsory time in their field and have passed an exam to become certified. whether it is! auditing, internal audit or otherwise, many employers view certified accountants as more experienced and versatile. they tend to hold higher than entry level positions and may have career aspirations of being a CFO someday, whereas an uncertified accountant may spend many years trying to climb the ladder at an organization. SIMPLY PUT, they are better equipped to handle high level/challenging situations, due to the fact that they have a broader exposure to accounting through studying and work experience, which enabled then to get certified.

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Luiz’s Answer

Hi, Melissa
Let's go to the definitions:

Certified public accountant (CPA)
An accountant who met certain standards, including experience, age and licensure, and passed exams in a given state.

Regular Accountant means the accountant established and maintained only to record and sometimes manage the allocated Employer's Regular Contributions to the Fund, and all gains and valuations on them, minus any withdrawals and any losses and expenses charged to them.

Both accountants do almost the same things, but there are several types of certifications:
The main certifications in accounting are:
• Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
• Certified Financial Analyst (CFA®)
• Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
• Enrolled agent (EA)
• Certified internal auditor (CIA)
• Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
• Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)
crushthecpaexam.com ›best-accounting-certifications, accessed on the internet on 05/10/20.

If you want to know about any certification, type https://crushthecpaexam.com/best-accounting-certifications/

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Paras’s Answer

Agree with the responses provided in this thread -- by being "certified" you are labeled as such because you meet a certain set of requirements (including hours studied and standardized exams passed) which will give others the comfort that you will be best able to handle any specific and more complex accounting scenarios/situations