The Accounting industry offers you various opportunities to learn via various courses. You can choose which one suits your academic and practical requirement. Along with Accounts, finance industry also beneficial for you to pursue in today’s professional world. The question is – After your graduation which accounting or financial credential should you pursue?
A Certified Public Accountant is the highest standard of competence in the field of Accountancy across the globe. The exam is administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), which is the world’s largest accounting body. In order to appear for Certified Public Accountant Examination, the candidate should be a B.Com with PG. Indian CA’s with B.Com are also accepted by quite a few states in the US. However, the exact criteria will vary from State to State.
CPA vs CFA
Chartered Financial Analyst® is a professional credential offered by the CFA® Institute to Investment and Finance professionals. The CFA® Program has three different Levels and the minimum time required to clear all three is around 2.5 years (although the overall average is around 4 years).
|Offered by||AICPA||CFA® Institute|
|Exam Papers||Four sections of Exam ( AUD, FAR, BEC, REG)||Three Steps of Exam(Level 1, Level 2, Level 3)|
|Exam months||Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, Jul-Aug, Oct-Nov||June (Level 1,Level 2,Level 3)
and December (Level 1)
|Eligibility||Post-Graduation after B.COM||Graduation or
4 year of Work experience
|Focuses on||Investment banking, hedge funds and portfolio management||Auditing, accounting and Concept of business environment|
|Time to Complete||1.5 years||2.5 years|
|Course fees(Application+ Registration+ Exam fees)||$3400 (by Becker)||$2400 as early registration (by CFA® institute)|
|Average salary(In India)||INR- 8,24,336 per year (by PayScale||INR- 6,10,128 per year (by PayScale)|
CPA vs ACCA
ACCA( Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the world’s leading and fastest-growing international accountancy organization which provide high standards of employee learning and development. ACCA provides you skills and knowledge about all areas of business, financial statements, management accounting, business taxation and also business ethics.
|CPA Course||ACCA Course|
|Exam Papers||Four sections of Exam ( AUD, FAR, BEC, REG)||Fundamental (Knowledge and Skills)- 9 papers and
Professional (Essential and Option)- 5 paper
|Exam months||Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, Jul-Aug, Oct-Nov||March, June, September, December|
|Eligibility||Post-Graduation after B.COM||12th from commerce (with 65% marks) or B.COM graduates|
|Focuses on||Investment banking, hedge funds and portfolio management||Financial, Management Accounting, Taxation, Business Analysis|
|Time to Complete||1.5 years||Varies from 6 months to 2 years|
|Course fees(Application+ Registration+ Exam fees)||Total $3400 approx. (by Becker)||Total $1793 approx. (by ACCA global)|
|Average salary(In India)||Rupees- 8,24,336 (by PayScale)||Rupees- 5,71,000 (by PayScale)|
CPA vs CMA
Certified Management Accountant is a globally recognized, advanced-level credential offered by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) USA and the content is regularly reviewed by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA). The CMA course enhances the value of your current position and expands your career potential.
|CPA Course||CMA Course|
|Exam Papers||Four sections of Exam ( AUD, FAR, BEC, REG)||Part 1 and Part 2|
|Exam months||Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, Jul-Aug, Oct-Nov||Jan/Feb/
|Eligibility||Post-Graduation after B.Com||Graduation and Two years of professional experience|
|Focuses on||Investment banking, hedge funds and portfolio management||financial planning, Control, decision support, and professional ethics|
|Time to Complete||1.5 years||6 months|
|Course fees(Application+ Registration+ Exam fees)||Total $3400 approx. (by Becker)||$1325(Professional Member)
$849 (Student Member) (by Becker)
|Average salary(In India)||Rupees- 8,24,336 (by PayScale)||Rupees- 4,05,620 (by PayScale)|
Since it is not possible to say which course you should target, it’s your decision which one is better for your career or which is more suitable to your academic qualification. In terms of which qualification is better, it is like a question on which Cricket team do you support among South Africa, Australia, England and West-indies. It really depends on what do you plan to work as.
We hope this comparative analysis will help you in choosing the right career for yourself. In case of any queries or doubts about these certifications, feel free to comment below.