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The Accounting Certificate is for students who possess an undergraduate degree but would like to re-tool to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam. Applicants entering this certificate program would be seeking a career in accounting.

Why enroll in the Accounting Certificate program?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, accountants and auditors have median pay of $77,250 per year. There were 1,449,800 jobs in 2021 with a projected increase in demand of 6 percent (faster than average). The forecast is for at least 81,800 NEW positions by 2031.

Accountants enjoy a number of career options, including public, industrial, governmental/non-profit and tax accounting, as well as roles in the banking and insurance industries. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) may work in any of these fields with a greater likelihood of promotion and advancement, especially in public accounting.

Completion of the Accounting Certificate Program will further your eligibility to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in Virginia.* The Virginia Board of Accountancy requires candidates taking the CPA exam in Virginia** to have a bachelor’s degree with 120 total semester hours
of credits, including 24 semester hours of accounting and 24 hours of business studies.

*Please note that there are additional requirements to be eligible to sit for the exam.
**The requirements for other states may vary.

Enroll in the Accounting Certificate program

Students applying to the Accounting Certificate Program will use the non-degree seeking application for admission, which can be found on the Office of the Registrar website, click on Apply as Non-Degree Seeking Student.

Questions about the application process may be directed to the Office of the Registrar:

Heth Hall 105
Box 6904
Radford, VA  24142
540-831-6642 (fax)