College of DuPage Offers CPA Exam Prep Courses

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College of DuPage announced Tuesday that it’s accounting program will now include several tracks for students to work toward receiving their certified public accountant designation. This is a big jump for the college and a big opportunity for its students.

The CPA designation is almost a requirement in the public accounting industry. Without it, accountants aren’t able to advance to higher levels of management, take on more responsibility, or oversee many legal and tax matters. It goes without saying that all of the big firms require their employees to become certified public accountants.

Up until now, COD has not offered the educational opportunities that students are required to have in order to sit for the CPA exam. The only courses offered until now were beginner and intermediate accounting courses. The state of Illinois requires advanced accounting courses as well as business law classes in order to sit for the exam. Now COD offers all of these requirements.

In addition to expanding the curriculum of the accounting program, COD is also offering CPA review courses for students who have graduated the accounting program and are able to sit for the CPA exam. The two main courses that will be offered are Wiley CPAexcel and Gleim CPA review.

The Wiley CPAexcel study prep course is designed for students who understand most accounting concepts and only need a refresher course before they take the exam. This review course has a bite-sized learning system where each lesson is short and easy to get through in 10-15 minutes. This allows the instructor to finish multiple lessons in a single hour. It also gives students a crash course on the topics in a much shorter time period.

The Gleim CPA guide is another industry standard review course that will be taught by the accounting professors at the college. This course is an in-depth look at all the topics covered on the CPA exam. The college program calls this course suitable for students who need more guidance. These lectures are substantially longer than the CPAexcel ones. They are also offered less frequently.

Both of these courses will be offered in the upcoming semester to any accounting graduate who has fulfilled the necessary prerequisites. This is a great step forward for our community college because it helps local students achieve higher education and pursue a career without forcing them to move away, attend a four year university, and go into large amounts of debt.

This is a great thing for our area.