New Survey Targets Cause of CPA Decline

Working with the Center for Accounting Transformation, the Illinois CPA Society is launching a survey focused on the decline in the number of individuals pursuing the CPA credential.

A follow-up to previous research on this topic from 2020, the new survey is targeting accounting and finance students and professionals under the age of 35 and aims to understand why a growing number of them don’t finish the CPA exam or elect to never take it at all.

“While there’s more research than ever on this topic, interest continues to be high in learning more about the perceived barriers deterring prospective CPAs from ever pursuing the credential,” says Illinois CPA Society president and CEO Geoffrey Brown. “A lot has happened in the three years since our last survey was issued, which is why we were compelled to partner with influential stakeholders across the country to garner a fresh look.”

The new survey is now open and is set to wrap up on Dec. 15.


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