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Requirements for chartered accountant ?

How do I navigate into being a chartered accountant after high school. What are the requirements please?

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That is very exciting that you are thinking of pursuing an accounting professional licensure! As a CPA myself, I can say from experience that it can lead to very fulfilling career opportunities.

After high school the first step to becoming a chartered accountant, or typically a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in the United States, would be to pursue an undergraduate degree from an approved college or university. During your time in college it would be helpful to take some classes in accounting and accounting-related fields in order to cover some of the prerequisites to sit for the accounting examinations. Additionally, you will need to obtain a certain number of credit hours in order to qualify to take the accounting exams, historically it has been approximately 150 credit hours.

Finally, you will need to get some professional work experience working under the supervision of a CPA or in an accounting firm in order to finalize your licensure application. Note that every state in the U.S. has their own individual requirements for becoming a CPA, so depending on where you would like to work, make sure you are looking up the appropriate licensing board websites so you are working towards the correct requirements.

With these types of goals it is important to take these goals one step at a time. Focus on getting a good education and learning all about business and accounting. Obtaining a professional licensure can be a difficult journey, but it can be very rewarding and eventually open up a significant number of doors to you in your career.
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