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

Asked San Carlos, California

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

Updated Redwood City, California

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).

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.