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Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP)

Get the accounting units you need to sit for the California CPA exam at Santa Clara University.

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Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency

Accountants are in demand. With eight accounting courses and flexible schedules that fit your life, the Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) gives you the skills you need to become an accountant.

Designed for individuals with a non accounting degree, the Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) Program fosters an intimate learning environment with high quality faculty, and grants the necessary accounting units to sit for the California CPA exam. The program consists of eight undergraduate level accounting courses to be completed in either our summer or weekend program. All courses are held on campus at Santa Clara University. 

Curriculum and Schedules

Catalog NumberCourse NameUnits
Actg 180 Accounting for Business Decisions 5
Actg 181 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 6
Actg 182 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 6
Actg 183 Auditing 5
Actg 184 Advanced Accounting 6
Actg 185 Cost Management and Strategy 6
Actg 186 Tax Aspects of Business Decisions 6
Actg 187 Accounting Information Systems 5
  Total (ACTG 180-187) 45

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Accelerated program offering eight courses over 14 weeks.

Attend four-hour classes Monday - Friday in the morning or afternoon.

Summer Program Details


Eight undergraduate accounting courses in approximately nine months.

Eight class hours per week from September to June on Saturdays or Sundays (not both).

Weekend Program Details


I was looking to change careers and a friend recommended the CAAP Program. I applied in January, started classes in June, and was hired by the firm I most wanted to work for in September.

Frank Shen, Novogradac

Numerous networking opportunities are structured into the schedule throughout the program, culminating in a CAAP specific career fair with over 20 firms.  I am excited to have found a great firm which fits my values and professional goals in Sensiba San Filippo, and the strength of CAAP's reputation played an important role in connecting me with Sensiba.  This program provides any dedicated and driven individual a great opportunity to change careers and attain a solid foundation in preparing for the CPA exam.

Greg Fyfe, Sensiba San Filippo

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