The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) held the 2013 Fall Inauguration for Virginia’s newly licensed CPAs on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Artisphere at Arlington.
Approximately 135 people attended the special event, including more than 80 CPAs who were issued licenses in the Commonwealth from January 2013 through June 2013. The biannual program, held in the fall and spring each year, is designed to congratulate new CPAs on their recent accomplishment, welcome them into the profession and provide them with a network of peers to assist in their continued growth and development. The VSCPA hosts this event to commend the new licensees’ dedication to their chosen career and completion of the demanding process of becoming a CPA.
To become licensed in Virginia, all CPAs must pass a national exam and undergo rigorous higher education and certification requirements, including completing 150 hours of academic courses. To maintain the certification, most CPAs must complete 120 hours of continuing professional education every three years, including Virginia’s two-hour annual course in professional ethics.
“Not so long ago, you chose to pursue a career in a most distinguished profession — one that is renowned for unyielding ethics and a commitment to serving the public,” VSCPA President & CEO Stephanie Peters, CAE, said to the new CPAs at the event. “From that moment, you worked hard to earn your accounting degrees, pass the CPA exam and gain solid footing in your new profession. Tonight, we celebrate your accomplishments.”