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What is the difference between the certificates and associate in science (AS) degree in accounting?

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Geoffrey’s Answer

I may add that most programs that have "Associate" next to them usually refer to a 2 year degree , for instance at a community college. As mentioned above, a Bachelors degree is the way to go if you would like to be a full-fledged accountant. A Bachelors degree will give you enough credits to be able to sit for Accounting designations like CPA, CMA.


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Mehreen’s Answer

Hi Ayomide!


The main difference between a certificate and an Associates is that the certificate may not include academic courses such as English Composition or Math. The aim of a certificate is to give you the skills and training needed so you can go to the work force sooner. However, just so you're aware, if you're planning on becoming an accountant - a Bachelor's degree is highly recommended.

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Soliman’s Answer

Most associate degrees take about two years to complete. While certificate or professional qualifications are things like ACCA, CPA, CMA ,etc .. those designations consist of practical and theoretical studies which help you to do your job better and in most effective way. Recently these certificates are very important and they are in the way to be a must rather than advantage to those who have them. In these days you could find many people who are in auditing career by finishing just ACCA and without a bachelor degree or anything else. but bachelor degree would still be recommended to give you all the basics that you need and also it's still required for a certificate like CPA.
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