Understanding the distinction between a diploma and a degree course is important for students when selecting a career path. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is one of the courses one can pursue in accounting, finance, and other related fields. Professionals in accounting and related fields or learners looking to venture into this career area often undertake the CPA course. CPA finalists have the opportunity to work in the public and private sectors in different positions including, auditing, consulting, taxation, and finance. CPA finalists have the opportunity for career growth and development; they can ascend to top positions such as chief financial officer (CFO) and chief executive officer (CEO). However, whether CPA is a degree or diploma is one of the most asked questions by students who want to pursue this course.

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 CPA, what is it?

To understand whether the CPA course is a degree or a diploma, one has to have insight into the facts about this course. CPA is an acronym for Certified Public Accountant. CPA is a globally recognized course thus certification allows one to work in the local, regional, and international labor market.

The CPA course in Kenya is administered by KASNEB.  KASNEB has developed a rigorous course aimed at providing individuals with specialized skills and knowledge in accounting and finance. CPA offers learners specialized training in the accounting field. CPA courseware and exams cover a wide range of topics in accounting that ensure that learners are competent and ready for the job market. It targets individuals who want to enhance their knowledge, competency, and skills in accounting without pursuing a degree. Thus, to register for CPA one requires specified education qualifications ranging from certificate, diploma, and even degree. The entry requirements for CPA include:

  1. An aggregate of grade C+ (C plus) or its equivalent in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination
  2. A degree from a recognized university.
  3. Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) with at least two Principal passes provided that the applicant has credits in Mathematics and English at Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) level or equivalent qualifications.
  4. KASNEB diploma, technician or, professional examination certificate.
  5. International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination grade C in 6 papers with C in both Mathematics and English.
  6. Such other certificates or diplomas as may be approved by KASNEB.

Diploma examinations

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Upon the completion of the CPA course requirements, one gets professional certification. Notably, completion of CPA requirements in Kenya gives one the designation of a CPA(K), one of the most prestigious professional certifications in the country. Also, completion of the three levels (foundation, intermediate, and advanced) makes one a CPA finalist. A CPA finalist can apply to get the CPA(K) certification and consequently register to become a member of ICPAK (The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya). ICPAK provides values and ethical guidelines that its members have to adhere to in practice. Ultimately, CPA is a professional certification thus it is neither a diploma nor a degree.

From our highly competent team at RCM Online College, we wish you the very best as you pursue a dynamic career in accounting.

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