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CMA vs. CPA: Certification Requirements and Career Challenges

Published by Summit Marketing Team on May 20, 2024 8:51:37 AM


The Young CPA Success Show: Episode 20

Kaden Cook, a senior advisor at Summit Virtual CFO, joins the show to share his insights on the accounting profession, specifically his strategic choice of pursuing his CMA certification before the CPA certification. Joey and Kaden delve into the nuances of accounting certifications, the 150-hour rule, and the impact of technology on the field. They stress the importance of truly understanding the material over just aiming for good grades. The episode concludes with advice for young professionals to embrace AI and analytical skills. Since this episode was recorded, Kaden has passed the CPA exam!



Episode Notes

The finer details of this episode:

  • Differences between CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exams/certifications 

  • Applying knowledge from school, exams, and work experience in current role

  • Challenges and loopholes in meeting the 150-hour rule 

  • Importance of practical work experience and technology in the industry

Episode resources:

CMA vs. CPA: Certification Requirements and Career Challenges