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How CPA Certification Can Catapult Your Career as an Accountant

By March 29, 2023No Comments
CPA Certification

You’ve dedicated yourself to bookkeeping courses, a comprehensive financial course/accounting course and now are looking to the future and determining how to best launch your career to achieve success. Many accountants have been right where you are, reviewing whether becoming a certified public accountant (CPA), achieving their CPA certification in Canada, is worth the dedication of time and energy.

If you’ve graduated from Anderson College within our Accounting & Payroll Administration program, you know you’re now eligible to challenge the exam for the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation, offered by the National Payroll Institute (NPI), formerly known as the Canadian Payroll Association. Obviously we feel, and recognize, that a PCP designation offers a major advantage for those looking to achieve success in their accounting career but we thought sharing those details with you would empower you to make an informed decision.

7 Distinct Benefits of Becoming a CPA


1. Become, and Be Recognized, as an Expert in Your Field

The education behind, and recognized by, achieving your PCP designation gives you the leading edge. No doubt there is a distinction between an accountant who is certified and one who is not, to employers and to those who utilize your services. From being able to effectively prepare tax documents, analyzing information to cut down on inefficiencies, increase productivity and affect the bottom line, to helping with acquisitions and mergers and efficiently forecasting for businesses, your PCP designation makes you invaluable to organizations and individuals.

2. Career Development

The education and dedication required to challenge and pass your CPA exam, offers you the knowledge and skills to enter the accounting field with confidence. As such, you want to align yourself with one of the best accounting programs in Ontario. Within Anderson’s 49-week Accounting & Payroll Administration program, our industry-expert instructors balance theoretical teaching with hands-on, practical training to ensure students are fully prepared to challenge those significant exams upon graduation. As a graduate with a PCP designation, you are poised to enter and thrive in the world of accounting and business.

3. Expanded Job Opportunities

Demonstrating your expanded knowledge base through becoming a CPA, employers take note and additional career opportunities are available to you. Your certification proves your qualification to provide effective business strategy, bookkeeping, forensic accounting, auditing and much more, within a variety of environments, from private sector businesses and government agencies to non-profits.

4. Professional Autonomy

As a CPA you have the credibility to not only work effectively with others, but you are afforded the ability to provide services on your own as a consultant or to start your own firm. The knowledge and skills gained during your study and the certification process, also lay the foundation for you to be a become a business leader and the credentials for you to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.

5. Increased Earning Potential

With a comprehensive education and certification credibility, obviously you can expect career advancement and the salary that goes with it. This is certainly a bonus for those who are looking for a lucrative career.

6. Security and Flexibility

As an accountant without a PCP designation your career can become somewhat repetitive. As a CPA your skillset and ability to think strategically and critically are not only in demand no matter the economic climate, but you have a broader range of career positions and opportunities available to you.

7. Recognition and Respect

CPAs are invariably highly regarded and well respected. Not only are you able to truly consider your interests and passions and apply them to opportunities that will drive job satisfaction over time, but with the respect of clients and colleagues you can feel ultimately proud of the services you provide and the career you’ve chosen.


As you can see, there are myriad reasons and benefits to pursuing and obtaining your PCP designation – and we’ve only named a few. If you’re still considering how to become a CPA, we’re here to give you the details you need to make an informed decision and to help you discover your ideal program fit as you take your career and life to new levels.

You can take the “Anderson College Career Training Readiness Quiz” to see if your interests align with this field. Or if you’re ready to start your Accounting & Payroll Administration program, book a virtual appointment with one of our Admissions Advisor. We’re here to help you navigate every step along the way.

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