Question by Matt M: Has anyone gotten certified as a CPA, and was a non-accounting major in undergrad?
I majored in public communications, with minors in economics and entrepreneurship & emerging enterprises. I work in the film/tv business, I want to get certified as a CPA so I can work on accounting projects and do accounting jobs in between production gigs. Being a CPA will also help me produce more stuff in the future. I’m looking at post bacc accounting certificate programs so I can get all the credits i need to get a CPA (which really just means 24 accounting credits in my state, since I meet the other academic requirements with my minors minus the experience of course), and I was curious if anyone has gone that route? Any suggestions? Much appreciated, 10 points to the best answer.
Oh yeah, and I plan to get those credits through the UC Berkeley extension accounting post bacc certificage program, online.
Also, I don’t plan on working for a big accounting firm per se, because I don’t want to be a full time accountant. I just want to work for a small time CPA, doing simple stuff.
Also, in the entertainment industry, ADs, production coordinators and UPMs have a lot of accounting/bookeeping jobs. I know a lot of people who were CPAs before they got into the industry and they get the best jobs/move up quickly.
I could also work on projects as a production accountant. Those guys get paid between 10K and 20K a gig.
Answer by Ghost of Zeuz
Yes, many people have gone this route. Once you’ve satisfied the accounting requirements to sit for the CPA exam, all you need to do is study to pass it. No big deal. (No small deal, but no big deal either).
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