A new CPA licensure model has been proposed by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the American Institute of CPAs. The organizations plan to finalize an approach to the new model by next summer with a multi-year implementation to follow.

Having a bigger emphasis on technology skills and knowledge is one of the major goals of the initiative. 

Candidates for censure would be required to demonstrate knowledge in accounting, auditing, tax and technology. Beyond that, “each candidate would choose a discipline in which to demonstrate deeper skills and knowledge,” according to their statement  The organizations said the CPA would not be limited to the practice area selected.

NASBA and the AICPA said they believe “this draft model will address the greatly expanding body of knowledge required of newly licensed CPAs, which includes a deeper understanding of systems, controls, SOC engagements and data analysis.” 

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Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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