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Thoughts in taking cpa exam just to be able to have partner title instead of principal. In tech consulting and don’t need nor will use cpa but I’m eligible to take it as I have acc undergrad / masters

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Why in the world would you unless you have a lot of time on your hands? In big 4, everyone gets the fact that Principal is the same as Partner, so if that’s the only reason you’re thinking about it, don’t see the sense of it. If there is anything the CPA gets you in the context of your job, then maybe, but if you’re in PI, it doesn’t give you any juice career-wise.

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Totally agree. Just didn’t know if there was a perception difference between partner or those higher up in leadership

That’s dumb. Principal = partner. Unless you’re going into Finance roles, this is a waste of time. Better to get certs in specific things that will make you better in current position

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What P1 said - that’s just silly.

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If u have the time, patience and willingness for it ... why not!

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Agreed with p1

Not at a Big 4, but I’ve also heard that CPAs who work outside of audit roles will still get Principal titles and be asked (required?) to give up their CPA license so that they cannot sign an audit opinion, thus avoiding any potential misunderstandings.

Got it — might have been situational

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