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Department of Accountancy

Professional Accounting Certificate Program


  • Overview
  • Program Benefits
  • Who Is Eligible to Apply?
  • Course Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Procedures for Requesting a Verification Letter to the California Board of Accountancy (CBA)
  • Request Your Certificate
  • Additional Information
  • CPA Review



This program is designed to prepare our Accountancy Option students who wish to pursue licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) without seeking an advanced degree to sit for the CPA exam and meet the educational requirements for CPA licensure in California.


Program Benefits

  • Effective January 1, 2014, all California CPA candidates will need to have met the following educational requirements, also known as the “150-hour rule”, prior to licensure: (1) a baccalaureate (or higher) degree, and (2) a total of 150 semester units including 24 semester units of accounting subjects, 24 semester units of business-related subjects, 20 semester units of accounting study, and 10 semester units of ethics study. The Professional Accounting Certificate contains coursework that, along with your degree course requirements, will allow you to meet the 150-hour rule at the conferral of your baccalaureate degree.
  • In addition, student-candidates enrolled in this program will be allowed to sit for the CPA exam prior to conferral of their baccalaureate degree so long as they have completed all the necessary requirements for the degree and the Registrar’s Office is able to certify the student’s status