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To become qualified as an accountant, you must complete the following steps:

1. Earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field. 2. Complete accounting-related coursework for at least 24 credit hours (may include courses in business law, finance, economics, and mathematics).


Networking is the key to success. It’s important that you develop relationships with people in your field as well as potential clients. To get started, do some research and find out which of your peers are already established in the industry. Attend networking events and join associations like the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants or the National Association of Women in Construction Business Owners. The more connections you make, the greater your chances will be for success.

Consider specialize in a certain area

Accounting is one of the oldest professions in the world. It’s estimated that there are over 1 million accountants in the United States alone. If you’re interested in this profession, it’s important to understand what you’ll need to do and how much time it will take for you to become a qualified accountant.

Typically, someone needs four years of college education and about three years of professional training (called supervised practical experience) in order to be considered qualified as an accountant.

Be ethical

We’ve all heard the horror stories of accountants embezzling company funds or being negligent in their duties. It’s important to understand that being an accountant is more than just balancing numbers, it’s about maintaining the integrity of your clients and establishing trust with them. Here are ten tips for success so you can avoid becoming just another cautionary tale.

Have good people skills

You are not just an accountant, you are a tax professional. You need to have good people skills in order to do your job well. Your clients will be looking for someone they can trust and who understands what they need. You also need good people skills if you want to work in management or as a business owner. Keep in mind that every person is different, so what works with one client may not work with another.