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Your Free Membership Includes:

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*Dual membership with the Maryland Association of CPAs and the AICPA connects you with the two essential organizations established to support you on your journey to becoming a successful CPA — from college, to the CPA Exam, and beyond.

Other benefits include:

  1. Exclusive access to people & resources of our profession
  2. Proof that you are serious about your professional direction
  3. Access to professional learning opportunities

4. Subscription to membership publications

5. Participation in professional advocacy

The Guide to Becoming a CPA

Congratulations! You are on your way to becoming an esteemed professional and one of the pillars of our economy: a certified public accountant. Here’s everything you need to know to get there.

Orientation to the Profession Webcast Replay

Join MACPA CEO and 2nd Most Influential Person in Accounting, Tom Hood, and MACPA Membership Manager, Rebekah Brown as they tackle the most frequently asked questions about the CPA Profession. Watch the replay of last Spring’s Orientation to the Profession via Facebook Live.


Not all accountants are CPAs! While most people use the terms accountant and CPA interchangeably, there’s a big difference. The CPA credential carries enormous weight in business and financial circles. Achieving CPA status takes intelligence, ethics, integrity, and lifelong commitment. That means tough business courses at your college or university, a year of real-world experience, and finally, a test of business, auditing, and general accounting skills. CPAs also are required to follow a strict code of ethics as well as perform within the high standards of the profession. Every two years, Maryland licensees must complete 80 hours of continuing professional education to keep up with the new rules and regulations in the financial, accounting, and business world.

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