A certified public accountant (CPA) is a designation given by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to individuals that pass the Uniform CPA Examination and meet the education and experience requirements. The CPA designation helps enforce professional standards in the accounting industry. Other countries have certifications equivalent to the CPA designation, notably, the chartered accountant (CA) designation. (Investopedia definition)
The short answer is the CPA like the usual accountant but more smart, advanced, and much more as those skills related to well-educated and interacting with the workplace and real life more than the normal accountant, in the following point the differences will be more obvious.
The skills of CPAs: as we mentioned before, being a CPA isn’t easy to achieve, or hence it gives you a perfect position and opportunities to be at better places from the smallest organization to the largest one, so let’s see what these opportunities require, what is the most needed skills that should CPAs have, but before getting deep with the skills we want to comfy you that if you don’t have all those skills or found some of them hard to gain, you can learn all of them as they not impossible but need more effort, so you don’t need to be a superhero it’s enough to be passionate.
Well-known of the commerce and accounting world Critical thinker:
as we said before, being CPA not that thing you can achieve in one day, you need to experiment yourself in many situations with many industries to take your mind skills to the highest level regularly.
A good mathematical: someone who can deal smartly with all the mathematical problems such as algebra, statistics, calculus as they can face a lot of them daily.
Someone who can write so fast: you need to practice so much how to write and read so fast to be able to up to date with the oral clint information
Clerical skills: as they should organize and analysis all the clerical problems, duties.
tax and legal forms: being a CPA means you are an advisor who is in need of individuals, business, small or big companies, organization, so you are in connection with the tax and legal forms which require you to not be less than an expert in this point.
Up to date with the technology: It’s not something predictable to have all the previous skills and don’t have the most needed one everywhere or how you could find a good position with any organization without having high technology skills the thing that leads the whole world today.
Communication skills: You should communicate with all the people everywhere with different minds so you can read people's minds as you will meet many thrustless clients and your work is to catch the truth and analyse every single action that may happen.
Precision Accounting INTL LLC trying to give you accurate, specific information but without getting bored as well, so in the next part of this topic we will go on and cover the rest including everything about the exam, courses and the certification.