(Closed) CPA bees…

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a CPA but I’m not sure my advice will be what you want.  I live in MI which has the 150 requirement but I didn’t go about it the way you did.  I graduated with 120, had to go on for the Masters (33 credits) because I didn’t have the international accounting requirement.  Took that class, then started studying for the CPA Exam while finishing my Masters and working full time.  Finished my Masters while working in public accounting and finished the CPA exam. WHEW even typing that made me exhausted LOL.

 

I do know you can sit for the exam without the 150 as long as you meet the requirements in your state.  Since you are so close it might be worthwhile just to take a few random courses maybe even undergrad since you only need 2 or so classes. Just a thought though.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I got my masters first, then applied to sit for the exam. I have a BS in Finance/Business and MS in Accounting so that gave me all the education requirements I needed. I worked full time while going to grad school at night and I knew I couldn’t give the exam the attention it deserved if I did it before I finished school (major props to those that can!). I’ve passed 1 section so far, working on the other three. Also, work experience varies state to state, just check your state’s public accountancy board website, it should have all the info you need.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you only need 7 more hours then I would either take the becker (One of the becker classes offers hours for credits not sure how many but I know it costs a lot more than the other becker classes).  OR, have you thought about just going back to your school where you got your undergrad and taking a couple more undergrad classes without doing the masters?

I did my MBA first because the thought of studying for the CPA at the time was not fun and I knew I had to do something.  Studying for the CFE right now : )  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m using the Becker review, but it really depends on you. I know for me personally, I wasn’t able to effortlessly retain 6 years of accounting classes and I needed a set study plan and guidance. I also was never required to take governmental/not for profit classes so I had zero knowledge in that area. I also took a year off between finishing my masters and starting the review course (damn husband had to go propose on me!) so I knew I needed help if I had any shot of passing! So far it’s working!

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think it would be better to just take 2 or 3 classes to get the 150 hrs requirement BUT before doing that, you have to look at your State’s requirement. I live in Texas and in my State, the 150 hrs has to include certain classes for example, you might need 3 Finance classes, 1 Ethics class, 2 Business analysis classes, and so on. Compare the State requirements to the classes you have already taken and sign up for the shortfall.

As for the CPA exam, I used Becker to study and I would highly recommend it. Goodluck!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I used Becker but also supplemented with Gliem which was free from my school.  It seemed to do the trick since I passed.

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