Accounting at College of San Mateo - CPA Preparation at CSM
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Accounting
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Preparation at College of San Mateo

At College of San Mateo, we offer many of the classes you need to prepare for the CPA exam. These classes are part of our CPA Exam Preparation certificates.

After completing classes at CSM you might consider taking additional courses at a university, through a university extension program such as UC Berkeley Extension or UC Santa Cruz Extension, or through a CPA review program.

The following courses will help you prepare for each section of the CPA exam:

Business Environment and Concepts
Regulation
Financial Accounting and Reporting
Auditing and Attestation
IMPORTANT
While all Accounting classes at CSM will count toward the 24 semester unit education requirement, not all classes will help you prepare for the CPA exam. For example, while QuickBooks will count toward the education requirement, QuickBooks will not be on the CPA exam. The exam tests specific subjects, and you must know those subjects to pass.  The classes in the CPA Exam Preparation certificates are the best classes to take.

Traditionally Upper Division Accounting Courses

At the CSM, we teach several accounting courses that are traditionally taught as upper division courses at a four-year college or university.  These courses are:
Who should take traditionally upper division classes at CSM?
These courses are appropriate for students who already have a bachelor's degree or students who do not plan to pursue a bachelor's degree.  These courses will help prepare you for the CPA exam and help you develop higher level job skills.

Who should NOT take traditionally upper division classes at CSM?
These courses are not appropriate for students planning to transfer and earn a bachelor's degree. They will not transfer to a four-year school and would need to be retaken after you transfer. Please see your academic advisor to plan your schedule.