bdog wrote:From what I've heard the CPA exam is extremely difficult. It's not like you can just waltz in and become a CPA without really knowing your stuff.
Given that*, what is the purpose of the educational requirement in the first place? Does it penalize someone who went out and learned it on their own? Maybe they could not afford formal schooling. How much does it cost on average to fulfill the educational requirement and when was the last time that requirement was evaluated? Who sets the requirement?
People learn in vastly different ways now compared to 20 years ago. Sno are you self taught?
*Any CPAs here? Please chime in.
The purpose of the educational requirement is two fold. First, to make sure that qualified students take the test. Second, to keep unqualified "anybodies" from taking up spots and resources for a test they won't pass or won't use in a professional manner.
The real reasoning behind the bill wasn't to go after CPAs. After all, we don't have unions. It was to go after electricians and plumbers. Get rid of the apprentices and you get rid of the unions. At least that is the reasoning I think they (the Legislature) applied.