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CPA: Respected Financial Credential

According to the investopedia article "Financial Designations Aren't All Created Equal":

"The CPA is by far the oldest and most established financial credential in America. CPA requirements vary by state but generally you will require 150 semester hours of undergraduate level courses plus a bachelor's degree or higher in order to sit for the 19-hour, two-day exam. There could be other requirements such as a minimum number of credits in accounting and business, or even business law. Check with your state's board of accountancy for the most up to date requirements. This comprehensive exam covers accounting, auditing, bookkeeping, taxes and ethics, among other topics. The CPA designation has long been widely recognized by the public as the definitive credential of tax expertise."