On July 1, 2014, Vermont adopted interstate equivalency standards for certified public accountants (CPAs) and changed state licensing rules in ways that make it easier for accountants to practice in other states.
The changes require licensed accountants and certified public accountants (CPAs) to have one year of experience and a bachelor’s degree plus 30 additional college credits, for a total of 150 credits. Moreover, 42 of the 150 credits must be in accounting-related courses. Previously, the requirement was two years of experience and a bachelor’s degree (120 credits) alone.
The Certificate of Proficiency in Accounting is a flexible and convenient way to earn the additional credits required to meet Vermont’s licensing standards and sit for the national CPA exam. Classes may be taken on campus or online.
There is no set curriculum, as the program of study is tailored to each student’s particular situation. A person who never took any accounting-related courses as an undergraduate would need to earn all 42 of those credits through the certificate program, while someone with a B.A. in business might need to take fewer accounting-related courses but would still need to accrue the required additional 30 credits.
A full-time student could complete the certificate in one year: In two semesters if only 30 credits are needed or in two semesters plus the summer if 42 credits are needed.
View Requirements for the Certificate of Proficiency in Accounting (This link will take you to the current Johnson State College academic catalog. On July 1, 2018, Johnson State College and Lyndon State College will become Northern Vermont University. The 2018-19 NVU academic catalog will be available in early summer. )
Gainful Employment Disclosure
Like all institutions of higher education in the United States that serve students eligible for federal loans and grant funding, Northern Vermont University is required to publish a gainful employment disclosure (GED) about certain certificate programs. You can find the GED for the accounting certificate program here. (This link will take you to a page on the current Johnson State College website.)