Educational Background of Accountants

All Accountants need to possess a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or a related field.   Accountants and auditors must be good at working with people, business systems, and computers.

Apart from a bachelor’s degree tax professionals, financial advisors and consultants should possess an aptitude towards investments and tax matters.  They assist individuals with information on investments and tax laws.

Forensic or public accountants should possess the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation offered by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  To obtain this designation, accountants must have a bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience.  They should also pass a four-part examination, and abide by a code of professional ethics.

The Certified Public Accountant certificate is an internationally recognized certificate.  To become a certified public accountant, a person must pass the uniform certified public accountant examination maintained by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

To become a Certified Internal Auditor an individual should possess a certification from Institute of Internal Auditors.  The institute offers the designation to graduates who have worked for 2 years as internal auditors and have passed a four-part examination.  To become a Certified Information Systems Auditor an individual should pass an examination conferred by ISACA and have 5 years of experience auditing information systems.


Inside Educational Background of Accountants